Thursday Feb 27, 2014

GVD Oracle France: Planemaking for Hospitalized Kids

Oracle and Robert Debré hospital in Paris have been working together since 2007 to make a difference each and every day, by changing the lives of sick children. Robert Debré, the most important paediatric hospital in Paris, is specialized in the care of children and young mothers located in the 19th district, near underprivileged suburbs.

Every month Oracle Volunteers participate in model aircraft workshops for the hospitalized children between 3 to 12 years, aiding them to construct, paint and customize the models. The children have a wonderful time playing with them afterwards.

Last year 24 Oracle France volunteers celebrated Global Volunteer Days at the hospital.

In addition, for those who cannot move from their rooms due to their heavy pathology...

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Tuesday Feb 25, 2014

Career journeys @Oracle Russia: Konstantin, SW Development Director

We’ve asked Konstantin, Software Development Direct at Oracle Saint Petersburg to share an insight into his career path within the company and also to give us some information about the team he is leading. Read on the interview and add your comments below!

Hi Konstantin! Thank you for accepting to do this interview for the Recruitment team! Let's start with introducing yourself and giving us an overview of your current role at Oracle!

“Hello everybody! My name is Konstantin, but my friends call me Kostya. I am part of the Product Development organization focusing on Java Platform and mainly Java ME and Small Embedded Product and Tools development. Currently, I am in a Director position managing the team of senior engineers and managers in the St.Petersburg Development Center at Oracle Russia.

So, when did you start at Oracle and what has been your evolution so far?

My team and I have joined Oracle through the Sun Microsystems acquisition. I was in a Senior SW Development Manager role at that time and I have been recently promoted to the SW Development Director.

Tell us a few things about the organization that you're leading and about the career opportunities.

Oracle always follows the high-tech trends and finds new market opportunities. We have recently started to look at the rapidly growing embedded market with the new concept of the "Internet of Things"...

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Friday Feb 14, 2014

GVD Kenya: Slum Cleanup and Briquette Making

The Global Oracle Volunteer Day in Nairobi, Kenya was under the environment pillar. Two key projects were carried out on that day by 27 #oraclevolunteers in the Mathare slum of Nairobi. Mathare is the second largest slum in Kenya, with an estimated population of between 600,000 – 800,000. The day was lead by Francis, Presales Applications Manager,and graduate intern David.

Making briquettes

This project is run by a group of young ladies who are unemployed and this helps them to make ends meet. The ladies in the project make briquettes and then sell them at a profit.

The briquettes are used for cooking or heating being an alternative to the traditional firewood used in the slums which degrades the environment.

This project in turn ensures preservation of the environment as it helps deal with cutting down of trees. Briquettes also help keep the environment clean as waste paper is recycled to make the briquettes...

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Thursday Feb 06, 2014

GVD Oracle Italy: Food for the Poor

In the frame of the Global Volunteer Days, Oracle Italy employees participated in supporting the “Banco Alimentare” food bank. Volunteers spent their time aiding the collection and distribution of food for poor people.

Banco Alimentare is member of the Italian Banco Alimentare Network, an organization with over 1,000 volunteers which collects still perfectly edible food which, having lost commercial value, would otherwise be destroyed. These foodstuffs originate from the food industry, organized large-scale retail trade, and collective catering services – by recovering them they become a richness for those who have too little.

Oracle Italy colleagues answered the call with great enthusiasm, the number of volunteers exceeding the maximum number of available places. They helped in checking sell-by dates and preparing boxes to be distributed to the local ONG...

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Tuesday Feb 04, 2014

The “Most Helpful” person in the Oracle Direct EMEA Group FY14Q2

We are always delighted to see our colleagues showing a great sense of helping out whenever they see an opportunity to do so! We congratulate Waleed, Inside Sales Representative for having been awarded the “Most Helpful” person in the Oracle Direct EMEA Group FY14Q2! This prize is part of a peer nominated recognition programme within Oracle Direct.

What makes Waleed the Most Helpful?

Waleed is described by his colleagues like a person who strives to help and who is very responsive. He follows up consistently and has a great focus on details. Waleed is an exceptional colleague with a very high level of expertise, his open personality and his great results are highly appreciated by the Management team and by the whole organisation.

It was a challenge for us to summarize all the feedback he received from his peers, but here are some thoughts:

•             “Waleed is always available 24*7 for any support required be it personal or professional. Though we never worked together but he has come forward for help whenever I wanted be it setting up an appointment with my prospects or getting into a tough account. “...

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Thursday Jan 30, 2014

GVD Poland – Painting the Orphanage

This time our colleague Robert Harris wrote a short article about the #Oraclevolunteers in Poland and the support they gave to the Dom Dziecka nr 9 orphanage located in Warsaw.

Last autumn, during Global Volunteer Days our employees from Poland spent the day painting and redecorating the hall, the main space where children, staff and guests move through every day.

Nine #Oraclevolunteers spent a couple of hours on this activity – getting the paint on before the children returned from school! It was a great opportunity to integrate during the work and later on when eating a delicious dinner served by the orphanage’s canteen.

Follow @careersatoracle and tweet #Oraclevolunteers!

Friday Jan 24, 2014

GVD Oracle Ireland: Treasure Hunting for Charity

On the 25th of October volunteers from Oracle Ireland took part in an event to raise money for the non-profit organization Variety, the Children’s Charity. The charity is dedicated to improving the lives of sick disabled and disadvantaged children in Ireland and donates wheelchairs through its Mobility Program.

Oracle’s sponsored Treasure Hunt was specifically aimed at providing a wheelchair for a little girl, 14 years old and diagnosed with McCune Albright Syndrome. Because of this rare and little understood syndrome she went through precocious puberty, meaning she went from baby to adult, with all the physical changes that come with that, with no child or adolescent stages in between.

From the age of 3 the little girl has spent most her life in and out of hospitals, and her health will worsen as she gets older. The Electrical Wheelchair will allow her to enjoy simple pleasures with her family, such as more mobility out of doors.

The Treasure Hunt gathered 23 volunteers who were grouped in teams of four or five and accumulated points by answering questions that involved visiting places all over the city...

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Tuesday Jan 21, 2014

The Most Inspirational person in Oracle Direct EMEA FY14Q2

Congratulations to Marc, Business Development Manager - DECH Region for having been awarded "the Most Inspirational person in the Oracle Direct EMEA Group FY14Q2"! This prize is part of a peer nominated recognition programme within Oracle Direct. Marc's efforts and personal drive have inspired his peers from the Inside Sales Organisation and thus he got the award!

What makes Marc the Most Inspirational?

Marc has managed to inspire each member of his team to take on more responsibility, to work on their own initiative, to go the extra mile and to think outside the box. With his drive and his motivational and enthusiastic personality he has already earned the respect and appreciation from every member of his team! He is never afraid to take a creative path, to initiate new visions and empower persons to make them grow. Furthermore, his incredible communications skills make him not only a good sales person or sales manager, but a great person at all. Most of all, Marc helps getting the best of all people around him by being extremely supportive while this sharing responsibility.

Here are some thoughts about Marc from the Oracle Direct employees who voted for him!

Every morning, Marc comes to work and spreads his engagement, dedication and good to his team and his colleagues.”...

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Saturday Jan 18, 2014

GVD South Africa – baie baie dankie #Oraclevolunteers !

#Oraclevolunteers from various locations in South Africa dedicated their time on Global Volunteers Day to the community. Read on this article by Robert Harris to see what contribution they’ve made to the society.

Oracle Durban

Oracle South Africa’s smallest office, in Durban, spent Global Volunteers Day helping the Food Bank South Africa, a registered agency that focuses on addressing food insecurity in South Africa. Volunteers contributed food items including 270 kg of rice and 144 x 400 g canned fish. The agency sees to it that the food is distributed appropriately to the various needy communities – schools, pre schools, old age homes, drop in centres, HIV and Aids centers. Oracle selected a number of Pre Schools as beneficiaries of their donation.

Oracle Johannesburg

This year volunteers spent the morning of the 19th of October at Prinshof School for the visually impaired and blind in Pretoria...

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Tuesday Jan 14, 2014

GVD United Kingdom: Clearing Gorse for the National Trust

As part of Oracle’s Global Volunteer Days initiative, a group of almost 50 Oracle UK employees with family and friends travelled down to Corfe Castle in Dorset to help the National Trust clear an area of gorse. The project was organised by Carole Speed, Linux, Virtualization and MySQL GBU.

The host Ranger from the National Trust explained that Heathland is a manmade landscape, created by the earliest stone age farmers and maintained by grazing and wood cutting throughout the years. The aim of this project was to continue this traditional form of management by clearing an area of scrub and gorse to allow regeneration of the purple heather for which the heaths are renowned.

After the safety briefing and a round of bacon sandwiches the Oracle team set to work – sawing, lopping and dragging the gorse to create a huge bonfire. It’s amazing what a large group of enthusiastic volunteers can achieve...[Read More]

Friday Jan 10, 2014

GVD Nigeria – Gift of life

Nigeria is one of the many countries where #Oraclevolunteers are agents of change in their community. This new article by Robert Harris shows the contribution they have made to the society in 2013: GVD Nigeria – Gift of life.

Oracle Nigeria’s first Global Volunteer Days activity involved a blood drive in favor of the Lagos State Government Blood Transfusion Committee.

“It was fantastic initiative,” said Ihuoma Okoroafor, CSR Coordinator Nigeria. “At first people were a bit uncertain about donating but after the health talk that the Lagos state officials gave prior to the commencement of the donation, all doubts were cleared.”

The volunteers got to see the bigger picture and embraced the joy of knowing that this was not just about giving blood, but in fact it was giving to someone...

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Tuesday Jan 07, 2014

GVD Germany: Pumpkins for Potsdam Children

Thousands of Oracle employees take part annually in the Global Volunteer Days by donating their time and talent to community service projects all around the world. We’re starting a new series of articles by Robert Harris about the various contributions #Oraclevolunteers have made to the society in 2013.

GVD Germany: Pumpkins for Potsdam Children

In October volunteers from Oracle Germany’s Potsdam office hosted a Fall Festival for the Red Cross Children’s Home Kinderheim am Stern. Oracle Potsdam has a long standing relationship with this orphanage, just as Oracle Munich has similar ties to local children’s homes.

The 15 volunteers spent many hours playing with the children and also livened up the garden with a dozen craftily carved pumpkin heads. Oracle and the children also prepared the garden for the spring, planting seedlings and cleaning weeds...

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Monday Jan 06, 2014

A Movember to Remember!

The moustaches came in all shapes and sizes - there were Hungarian, Dali, Imperial, Freestyle, Handlebars, Horseshoes – so many varieties of facial fuzz, it was hard to keep up! One thing for sure, the men of Oracle took their moustache growing very seriously during the month of Movember as the finest facial hair and the most marvellous Mo’s sprouted up around Oracle Offices in Dublin and Malaga.

Movember is an annual charity campaign which asks men to grow a moustache throughout the month of November to raise money and awareness for men’s health. It specifically funds programmes for testicular and prostate cancer and the men who are affected by the disease...

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Thursday Dec 12, 2013

Daniela Becker-Russell scoops top award at the International Women In Sales Awards 2013 in London

Daniela Becker-Russell was recognised as the Most Distinguished Sales Woman at the International Women in Sales Awards held on 4th December at the Savoy in London. The Women in Sales Awards recognises the most exemplary women in Sales across Europe in eight different business sectors. The awards were designed to bring a greater awareness of the benefits of gender diversity in sales and in executive sales leadership teams.

Not only did Daniela win the category of Best Woman in Software Sales 2013 but she was also awarded the top accolade for most distinguished Sales Woman of the Year, winning a Golf TDI for a year.

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Wednesday Dec 04, 2013

Oracle’s First Ever GAA Team Wins Dublin GAA Inter-Firms Championship

Oracle’s first ever GAA Team recently beat off serious competition to win the Dublin GAA Inter-Firms Championship recently. The unusual GAA Team consisted of non-irish players who had previously no experience in playing Ireland’s indigenous sport.

The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) is an Irish amateur sporting and cultural organisation, focused mainly on promoting Gaelic games such as hurling, gaelic football and camogie.

Despite the fact that the #Oracleteam were newcomers to the game, having only been set up in the past few months, the team saw off the competition from other well-seasoned firms such as ESB, Deloitte, Media Gaels and Citi Group.

The team which was founded by Stephen Twomey, Colm Bermingham and Tony Dunne from the Business Development Group in Oracle Direct started off with 4 people...


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