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Nadar con Causa

Para Karina, Oracle Spares Specialist para Américas, la natación ha sido su pasión desde niña. “Siempre he estado en contacto con el agua,” dice Karina, quien es responsable, desde el punto de vista financiero, del inventario de refacciones de los equipos de Oracle. Su gusto por nadar en aguas abiertas la ha llevado a convertirse en la quinta mujer mexicana en lograr la Triple Corona, la cual va más allá de ser sólo una hazaña personal. Inicialmente parte de Sun Microsystems desde 2006, Karina formó parte de Oracle cuando éste adquirió a su empleador original en 2010. A sus 12 años combinados como parte de la empresa, Karina ha logrado la Triple Corona, una proeza deportiva de gran exigencia física y mental. “La Triple Corona son tres nados: el cruce del Canal de Catalina en California; la vuelta a la Isla de Manhattan; y el cruce del Canal de la Mancha,” explica la nadadora mexicana. Sin embargo, este logro va más allá de lo deportivo para Karina. “Algo importante para mí era hacerlo con causa, ver cómo contribuir a la sociedad con mis nados,” ella recuerda. Fue entonces cuando, a través de la Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), surgió la campaña Brazadas por la Educación, “donde se apoya a niños en situación de vulnerabilidad y escasos recursos en sus estudios,” menciona Karina. En los tres años que le tomó a Karina lograr la Triple Corona, ella siempre contó con el apoyo de Oracle para entrenar, viajar y nadar. “Yo me acerqué al Oracle Sports Team desde un inicio para ver de qué forma podría recibir algún apoyo, y me apoyaron con el vuelo de México a Nueva York para el nado de la Isla de Manhattan. Oracle es una empresa donde puedes ver más allá del horizonte, tanto profesionalmente como personalmente,” afirma Karina. Ahora que Karina ha vencido al máximo desafío de la natación, ¿qué sigue para ella? “Lo que ahora busco en la natación es hacer algo en equipo. Definitivamente proviene del trabajo en equipo que realizo día a día en Oracle,” comenta la nadadora. “El deporte me ha enseñado muchísimo; me ha enseñado a ser paciente; me ha enseñado a tener la capacidad de lidiar con diferentes situaciones complicadas,” reflexiona Karina. Tú también puedes ser como Karina y lograr tus metas personales a la par de tus objetivos profesionales. Descubre las oportunidades que Oracle ofrece a profesionales emprendedores como tú en la industria de la tecnología. Visita nuestra página de Oracle Careers y aplica para la posición que se ajuste a tu talento y experiencia. Estaremos encantados de conocerte y platicar sobre tus prospectos de una carrera exitosa en Oracle. Ven y crea el futuro con nosotros.

Para Karina, Oracle Spares Specialist para Américas, la natación ha sido su pasión desde niña. “Siempre he estado en contacto con el agua,” dice Karina, quien es responsable, desde el punto de...

Career Advice

Escuchar para Liderar el Cambio

Como parte de las actividades de Oracle para el Día Internacional de la Mujer, destacadas exponentes del género y líderes de nuestra organización brindaron sus puntos de vista acerca de los retos que enfrentan las nuevas generaciones de mujeres profesionales. En el caso de Luisa, Managing Director de Oracle del Perú, sus 20 años de experiencia en la compañía le han llevado a identificar las formas en que las mujeres pueden liderar un cambio hacia lo que llaman un #BalanceforBetter. Para Luisa, escuchar es fundamental para que se sientan parte de una transformación. “Las personas se sienten parte de un proceso de cambio cuando saben que han sido escuchadas y que pueden aportar su granito de arena,” dice ella. “La única forma que tenemos de multiplicar un mensaje o espacio positivo es contagiando a los demás; es muy difícil que una sola persona impacte al mundo,” complementa. En cuanto a cómo Luisa ha creado estos espacios para escuchar a las personas dentro de Oracle, menciona los desayunos que se realizan semanalmente en la empresa. “Estas reuniones me han permitido conocer mejor al equipo y a cada uno de sus integrantes, no solamente desde el ámbito de su responsabilidad dentro de Oracle, sino desde su lado humano, sus sueños, necesidades y su vida personal. Esto me ha permitido hacer que se sientan parte de este proceso y que sean parte fundamental para lograr el #BalanceforBetter”. La Gerente de Oracle Perú reconoce que “el reto que tenemos nosotros que estamos en este proceso es generar la confianza para que las mujeres se sientan empoderadas y puedan hacer valer su voz .” Como parte de este apoyo, Luisa propone a las mujeres profesionales una estrategia de “demostrar sus valores, que se es una persona íntegra que impacta de manera positiva y que quiere ayudar a mejorar el negocio, además de un balance en su vida personal y profesional”. Finalmente, Luisa ofrece como consejo a aquellas mujeres interesadas en formar parte de Oracle que “se atrevan, que hablen, que se hagan escuchar, que se apasionen y den esa milla extra. En esta empresa somos miles de personas que trabajamos en distintos países y les puedo asegurar que siempre habrá alguien que las escuche; siempre queremos trabajar con buenas ideas y empoderar a las personas.” ¿Te interesa formar parte de Oracle? Siempre andamos en la búsqueda de gente talentosa, emprendedora y creativa como tú. Visita nuestro sitio de Careers y explora las oportunidades profesionales que tenemos para ti. Ven y crea el futuro con nosotros.

Como parte de las actividades de Oracle para el Día Internacional de la Mujer, destacadas exponentes del género y líderes de nuestra organización brindaron sus puntos de vista acerca de los retos que...

Life at Oracle

How Oracle is Developing Female Leaders

Oracle thrives on diversity. By building diverse and inclusive teams, we think more strategically and work more creatively. That’s why it’s crucial that we continuously leverage our powerful pool of female talent. At Oracle, we have an initiative that unites our employees for the empowerment of women: Oracle Women’s Leadership (OWL).   Our purpose drives us OWL’s mission is to develop, engage, and empower current and future generations of female leaders at Oracle. We work together to: Enhance employees’ leadership and professional development skills. Strengthen employees’ professional networks and improve organizational awareness. Foster an inclusive workplace that empowers female leaders. Oracle Women’s Leadership in Numbers Developing Female Leaders Empowering women to reach their leadership potential is at the heart of the OWL organisation. Vidya Nagaraj, Vice President of Education Product Management and Services, is testament to the organisation’s ability to help women grow their careers: “Thanks to OWL, I’ve built a wonderful network and had the opportunity to learn from so many inspirational leaders. My OWL experience helped shape the confident leader I am today, and I’m honored to help others as the OWL Lead for India. “I related to the OWL philosophy of creating a community of women who come together to inspire each other. I believe in the concept of ‘paying it forward’ and it means a lot to me that I can contribute towards the empowerment of other women.” Emerging Leaders Summit OWL’s commitment to developing female leaders is now even more tangible with the advent of the ‘Emerging Leaders Summit.’ This global series of events invests in Oracle’s emerging leaders with skills workshops, innovation sessions and invaluable networking opportunities. We are connecting future generations of female leaders with the knowledge and resources that are vital to succeed in the digital age. Infinite Possibilities Lauren Diehl is Oracle’s Global Customer Success Management Program leader. As HQ OWL Executive Sponsor, she’s a firm believer that OWL can help women achieve their career goals, “There are an infinite number of possibilities for your career. I believe that with passion, purpose and persistence, you can accomplish everything you put your mind to. And that is what OWL is—an opportunity to achieve your ambitions alongside smart, capable women who will support you every step of the way. “I’ve been a part of OWL since it started many years ago. I wanted to ensure as many women as possible got to benefit from the amazing community of women and men across Oracle. OWL opens up a world of opportunity—from career advice to new career paths you never could have dreamed of.” Balance for Better OWL is an inclusive organization that believes men and women are stronger when they work together—a theme which is central to this year’s International Women’s Day mantra of #BalanceforBetter.  “OWL welcomes all employees,” advises Yuan Lin, Software Developer and Chairperson of Dalian OWL, “we are delighted to have men join our cause. It’s when we work together for the empowerment of all that we can achieve the most. OWL can help everyone develop a strong, actionable career plan and give you a platform to build your personal brand.” Carolina Florez, Vice President of Human Resources in Latin America and OWL member, strongly agrees with this sentiment too, “Inclusion is the opposite of exclusion. That means that empowering women is not about excluding men—the development of women leaders is everyone’s responsibility. OWL activities are open to all because everyone deserves access to career advancement.” Sharing the Journey OWL Member and Marketing Manager in Argentina, Agustina Nigro, finds strength in the OWL community. “One of the most powerful ways we can uplift each other is by sharing our stories. The ups, the downs, our setbacks and our achievements. We all have our own path to take in life and our career— but we can get there a lot quicker, and with more success, when we make the journey together.” Join a diverse and inclusive culture where you can realise your potential. Discover our career opportunities and follow @OracleWomenLead on Twitter to keep up-to-date with the latest OWL news.    

Oracle thrives on diversity. By building diverse and inclusive teams, we think more strategically and work more creatively. That’s why it’s crucial that we continuously leverage our powerful pool of...

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No Exceptions to Customer Satisfaction

For Mihir, Principal Technical Support Engineer, there are no exceptions to customer satisfaction. In the 2+ years that he’s been with Oracle, he’s provided tactical and technical support for Oracle Cloud’s Software as a Service (SaaS) applications, such as Oracle Engagement Cloud. “As part of Oracle Platinum Services, I’m actively engaged with critical customers and accounts during their implementation phase,” Mihir states. “This is where the action is,” Mihir affirms. Operating under Oracle Support’s principle of customer satisfaction as its highest priority, he helps customers in educating them about best practices when working with Oracle Cloud “for an optimal and smooth user experience, mitigating risks in live production environments.” Drawn to Oracle by the company’s “rock-solid” products, Mihir sees a promising future in a career as part of the Oracle Support team. “I’ve worked on Oracle products since the inception of my career. As more and more applications move to Oracle Cloud, customers rely less on their internal IT teams, with most responsibilities taken over by Oracle. This means you’re constantly exposed to new technologies as part of Oracle Support,” Mihir explains. This changing IT landscape brings about a series of new, exciting challenges. Mihir, not one to stand still, acknowledges that “cloud technology changes rapidly, and thus needs to be learned quickly and applied on the job.” This mindset makes Mihir an ideal candidate for prestigious invitations to events such as Oracle Open World, where he’s been a presenter for the last few years on Extensibility best practices. “There is so much to learn and teach at the same time in this job,” Mihir says. If you’re looking for the opportunity to work with the finest talent in the industry, and to be exposed to Oracle’s latest technologies, look into our open Oracle Support positions. Our great employee benefits and work flexibility allow you to grow as an individual, while developing a future-proof career. Click here to learn more about this role. Come create the future with us.

For Mihir, Principal Technical Support Engineer, there are no exceptions to customer satisfaction. In the 2+ years that he’s been with Oracle, he’s provided tactical and technical support for Oracle...

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A Believer’s Journey Begins With Oracle Cloud

For Sridhar K., Product Management Director at Oracle Cloud at Customer, the desire to work at Oracle stemmed from his belief that the company had a great product in its hands. “I believed in Oracle Cloud at Customer. This product offers something that’s a reasonable and compelling value proposition in a customer’s datacenter. I believe this product has enough promise to grow as a big business,” Sridhar explains. Having been at Oracle for just 4 months, Sridhar’s journey is only starting. Nonetheless, he already has a couple of accomplishments under his belt. “One of my notable accomplishments thus far has been the initiative to simplify the collection of business/product data from bookings to create new, derivative metrics and insights. This will improve our ability to fulfill our customer commitments better, and improve our process and offering,” Sridhar shares. Adding to the satisfaction of being involved in fulfilling projects, there are other things Sridhar likes about working at Oracle. As he mentions, “I’ve had the opportunity to work with some extremely talented people who are always willing to collaborate and make things better. There is a lot of excitement to contribute and collaborate.” Being a swimming enthusiast, Sridhar greatly enjoys the perks that come with working at Oracle’s Redwood Shores campus. “It’s a beautiful campus. I love its fitness centers. It’s very relaxing in the sense that you can get your mind out of work,” he says. Bring your passion to the Oracle Cloud at Customer team Do you believe you’d find the career of your dreams at Oracle? Just like Sridhar, you too can begin your journey with us by bringing your talent, entrepreneurial spirit, and passion for technology. If you’re ready to take the next great step in your career, send your résumé to April Berryman (april.berryman@oracle.com) today. Come create the future with us.

For Sridhar K., Product Management Director at Oracle Cloud at Customer, the desire to work at Oracle stemmed from his belief that the company had a great product in its hands. “I believed in Oracle...

Asia Pacific

Join the Oracle SSI Manila team

The Oracle SSI Manila team is hiring Principal Consultants (Supply Chain Management) in the Philippines. Read our interview below with Renee, who used to be a Contractual Consultant in Singapore, and find out why she has decided to come back home to the Philippines.  Renee is one of our Senior Principal Consultants, and just like her you can have a great and stable employment at Oracle SSI Manila.  Why did you join the Oracle SSI Manila team? I joined Oracle SSI Manila because being part of Oracle’s roster of talent is a good opportunity. Having worked as an Oracle consultant for more than 10 years with different Oracle Consulting partners, and being part of the company whose solutions I’ve been implementing, has equipped me in being a better and more skilled ERP consultant. Direct access to new Oracle products, technologies, materials, and initiatives is also a big plus, as it enriches my skills and technology adaptability. Prior to joining Oracle SSI Manila, I worked as a contractual resource in Singapore. Being a contractual resource is not as stable as being an internal employee; career growth is limited when you’re contracted for only one project. Your knowledge and expertise is as good as what you bring in and learn within the confines of the client’s project scope. Being a contractual resource, your client will not invest in your career growth or advancement. In my case, clients would maximize my time with project deliverables or support tasks, where there’s less room for new learning or opportunities for advancement. How’s it like to work in the Oracle SSI Manila team? How is a day in the life of a Senior Principal Consultant in your team? Oracle SSI Manila, being a new team, is a vibrant pool of talent. There’s the excitement and drive to learn and apply new knowledge in client engagements, especially on Cloud adoption. My initial months in the team were all about training and learning, as I was new to Cloud solutions. They pointed me to the right knowledge sources and gave me opportunities to upskill and apply the knowledge by putting me in expertise enrichment initiatives. There is a right balance of work and personal time, as Management is lenient on how you spend your work hours. My daily commute to the office is quite long with the Manila traffic, so sometimes Management allows me to work from home to complete tasks with mobile tools, which makes work efficient. Why do you enjoy working in Oracle SSI Manila? What inspires you in your role? I enjoy working in Oracle SSI Manila because it’s a new team with a lot of room for growth, composed of a varied mix of talent. Being in a senior role, it inspires me to be able to mentor junior consultants and impart to them my consulting experience and expertise, which I’ve gained over the years (something you don’t learn from reading and watching instructional videos). Also, being in a global company with a focus on APAC clients, I enjoy working and dealing with counterparts from different parts of the region. Having experience in working with global clients has extended my reach to belong in a global community of talent, with whom I can collaborate and learn from. I like that Oracle promotes work-life balance by having non-work-related initiatives focused on self-development, community involvement, and health awareness. What are the career opportunities available in your team? Finance, Supply Chain, and HCM implementation/consulting roles at different levels are open to be filled. Career growth and potential to become a Senior Consultant, Solution Architect, or Practice Lead/Manager are part of the career succession that one can have within Oracle SSI Manila. Why should people join Oracle SSI Manila? If one is looking for growth, is hungry for knowledge and open to change, and wants to be part of a global company that continuously innovates, I feel you should seize the opportunity.   Does working for the Oracle SSI Manila team sound like the kind of opportunity you’re looking for? If so, click here to send your résumé to our dedicated Oracle Talent Advisor, Lovelyn Sevilla today to be considered for one of our open positions. Or connect with Renee Rose Gabat on LinkedIn for a friendly chat.  

The Oracle SSI Manila team is hiring Principal Consultants (Supply Chain Management) in the Philippines. Read our interview below with Renee, who used to be a Contractual Consultant in Singapore, and...

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Oracle NetSuite Solution Consultant Academy Spotlight: Naveen C.

The Oracle NetSuite Solution Consultant Academy (SCA) Program prepares business professionals for an exciting and rewarding career, as part of NetSuite’s Presales Solution Consulting organization. We took some time to talk with Naveen about his experience in the program, and why people should join. Check out his answers below and find out how you can apply. How would you describe your experience in the SCA Program? My experience in the SCA Program has provided me with a great deal of personal enlightenment. The program challenges you to step out of your comfort zone, and places you in scenarios that I, for one, was certainly not accustomed to being in while working in previous roles. In addition, you have dedicated guidance from experienced technology professionals, who are constantly providing you with detailed feedback to help improve your presentation skills and technical knowledge all along the way. Through the process, I’ve learned a great deal about myself and what I can accomplish, both personally and professionally. What made you want to join the program? What I enjoyed most about my previous role as an auditor was having the opportunity to work directly with clients on a regular basis. However, as an auditor, the amount of value that I was able to bring to their experience was quite limited. It was important for me to be able to utilize my accounting skills and knowledge base in a more purposeful and comprehensive manner. The program was going to provide me with the platform to leverage everything I’d done in previous accounting roles, and really develop the ability to work with various organizations to provide them with solutions to some of their most pressing business challenges, in order to lead them towards the path to success. Also, the prospect of working for a company like Oracle/NetSuite, which is a pillar in the software/technology space, was far too enticing to pass up. What doors did your participation in the program open for you? Coming from my previous role, where I was exposed almost exclusively to other accounting/finance professionals and subject matter, the program exposed me to a peer group of individuals that came from a more diverse professional and educational background. Although accounting/finance is at the core of NetSuite, the role requires a more holistic organizational view. As a result, I was able to learn about business processes and organizational components that I would not have likely been exposed to in most accounting career paths I was destined for. How was the transition from your previous career to the SCA Program? When starting out in public accounting, it almost feels as though you’re thrown into the mix and are expected to either sink or swim. It was very refreshing to come into a situation where I was making a sharp career shift, but in an environment where I was going to be given the runway to learn how to be successful in this new role, as part of a dedicated, curriculum-based program. When you’re in a brand-new role in a completely different industry, there’s always a great deal of anxiety, but the robust design of the program really alleviates a great deal of concern in that regard, because you feel confident very early on that you’re being set up for success. What would you say to someone who’s thinking about accepting an offer into the SCA Program? I would challenge them to think not only about the job itself, but also about the skills that they wish to learn and develop. The ability to communicate with business professionals about their core functional processes and determine solutions for them to help grow their business, within the context of an effectively delivered presentation, is a rare and valuable skill. The program provides you with the tools necessary to learn that skill, along with a detailed roadmap on how to properly develop it, with an abundance of resources along the way. Does the Oracle NetSuite SCA Program sound like the kind of opportunity you’re looking for? If so, send your résumé to Dan Gibbs (dan.gibbs@oracle.com) today. Good luck!

The Oracle NetSuite Solution Consultant Academy (SCA) Program prepares business professionals for an exciting and rewarding career, as part of NetSuite’s Presales Solution Consulting organization. We...

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Secure an Exciting Career at Oracle Security Sales

The Oracle Security Sales team is in need of experienced salespeople who are driven for success and are excited about the evolving security landscape. Check out our Q&A with Pete Angstadt, Group Vice President of Oracle’s Security business, below and find out if this is the opportunity for you. Why is now a good time to join the Security Sales team? Pete A. (PA): Security is top-of-mind for every one of our customers. Security has become a board-level topic and a critical component of every organization’s strategic plan. Oracle has a powerful platform of security and management solutions to help our customers navigate the threat vectors of our global economy. From identity management to data security to cloud access brokerage, Oracle is helping our customers solve their security challenges in their hybrid reality. This is an ideal time to help Oracle customers solve their enterprise security challenges. What kind of roles are you currently hiring for? PA: We’re actively hiring Security Sales Representatives. The role is critical to helping customers secure their hybrid IT ecosystem. With the pivot to the cloud, our customers need next-gen-thinking security professionals to help them navigate that journey. Our Security Sales Reps can understand business initiatives and challenges, and recommend Oracle’s proven security solutions to enable customer success. What kind of special qualities or skills are you looking for? PA: We’re looking for candidates who understand the challenges of a modern, hybrid security architecture, and who can work closely with customers to develop a security plan to address those needs. We’re looking for driven security talent with strong business acumen to help our customers secure their most important IT assets, while mitigating risk for their organizations. Our team must have a highly effective communication style and possess the ability to collaborate with distributed teams. The ability to execute complex sales cycles and drive customers’ success are core skills for Oracle Security Reps. What do current employees like most about being part of the Security Sales team? PA: Oracle is a very exciting place to be right now. We have world-class security solutions being used by all types of customers globally. It’s a unique and powerful opportunity to help customers establish their next-gen security architecture that will be a catalyst for the way they do business and manage risk globally. Our Security team has a continuous learning culture that drives our reps to grow, both personally and professionally. Our industry-leading security solutions are highly relevant and impactful to our customers. Our team takes great pride in being the security engine our customers can rely on to run their businesses. The future is extremely bright for Oracle’s Security business. Does this sound like the kind of opportunity you’re looking for? If so, send your résumé to Diana Montague (diana.montague@oracle.com) today. Come create the future with us.

The Oracle Security Sales team is in need of experienced salespeople who are driven for success and are excited about the evolving security landscape. Check out our Q&A with Pete Angstadt, Group Vice...

Asia Pacific

Now is the time to embark on an amazing journey with Oracle SSI

The Oracle SSI Manila team is recruiting Principal Consultants (Financial, Supply Chain, HCM, FMW, and Core Tech) in the Philippines! Read our interview below with Bibaswan, Consulting Practice Manager, and find out if this is the opportunity for you. Why did you join the Oracle SSI Manila team? I joined Oracle as a consultant over 16 years ago. While I was learning Oracle SQL, PL/SQL, and Oracle Applications, as well as working with other multi-national companies to implement Oracle Financial modules, it was my dream to be part of Oracle as a consultant. The Oracle SSI Manila team has a wide-ranging talent pool, including functional and technical roles, business analysts, industry experts, solution architects, and enterprise architects. I wanted to work in a fast-paced environment that kept challenging me. I wanted to add value to customers by providing solution design and consultancy services. How’s it like to work in the Oracle SSI Manila team? I’ve played many roles within Oracle SSI. I started as a Functional Consultant, working on implementation projects across the globe for customers of various industries, including: education, telecommunications, manufacturing, real estate, travel & transport, public sector, etc. I’ve grown at Oracle SSI from Consultant to Project Lead, to Solution Architect, to Project Manager, to Program manager, to Competency Manager, to Competency Group Manager, to Bid Office Manager, to Location Manager. I managed 278 consultants with 6 managers at one time during my Competency Group Manager role, and was able to hire the right pool of talent, train them on the latest on-demand technologies, position them in the projects of their interest, and help them to make their customers successful. Our level of employee engagement kept improving with lesser attrition. It’s an amazing journey to work in a knowledge industry with so many skilled and brilliant people around, to learn something every day. In my current role as Location Manager of the SSI Manila Center, I’m responsible for setting up practice in Manila, hiring the right talent, training them, and deploying on projects across the EMEA and APAC regions. I’m building a self-sufficient team to deliver projects from the Manila Center, with Project Management, Solution Architecture, Presales, Functional, and Technical capabilities. I continue to focus on long-term strategic initiatives like hiring, skills development, and investments in emerging technologies and accelerators to deliver cloud projects more efficiently. Why do you enjoy working in the Oracle SSI Manila team? What inspires you in your role? Every day is a new learning opportunity for me. My role allows me to lead a team of brilliant consultants, while always looking for new ways to solve business challenges. I’ve travelled the world, met fantastic customers, and made friends in many countries. With all of that comes growth, both personal and professional. I always want to learn new things, and Oracle has given me that opportunity. I still want to transform our customers’ business and help them achieve their objectives using Oracle products. Every day is exciting, and I honestly love getting up every morning. I start my week saying “Thank God it’s Monday.” What are the career opportunities available in your team? My team is broken into individual contributors who work on our customer-facing engagements, as well as Solution Architects who are responsible for architecting solutions and ensuring project delivery. We have career opportunities for people with Finance, Supply Chain, HCM, FMW, and Core Tech skills. Implementer/Consultant roles are available at every level. There’s potential to become a Senior Consultant, Solution Architect, or Practice Lead/Manager, which is part of the career growth that one can have within SSI Manila. Click on the link to learn more about the open role: Principal Consultant (Enterprise Resource Planning) Why should people join the Oracle SSI Manila team? There are many reasons. First, we’re one of the few lines of business within Oracle that works with customers across EMEA, APAC, and Latin America. With so many customers and regions comes the opportunity to learn about new cultures. Second, we’re co-located with Product Development, and have inherently become the conduit for many other Consulting lines of business to learn what new products and releases are coming up. Third, the opportunities for technical learning are immense. While we focus on Fusion applications, the boundaries between applications and technology are blurring. If one is looking for growth, is hungry for knowledge, is open to change, and wants to be part of a global company that continuously innovates, I feel you should seize the opportunity. Does working for the Oracle SSI Manila team sound like the kind of opportunity you’re looking for? If so, click here to send your résumé to our dedicated Oracle Talent Advisor, Lovelyn Sevilla today to be considered for one of our open positions. Or connect with Bibaswan Barpanda on LinkedIn for a friendly chat.  

The Oracle SSI Manila team is recruiting Principal Consultants (Financial, Supply Chain, HCM, FMW, and Core Tech) in the Philippines! Read our interview below with Bibaswan, Consulting Practice...

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A Career Leveraged by Big Data

When Jon M., Product Development Architect for Oracle Big Data Cloud, returned to Oracle two years ago—after having been with the company for about twelve—, he knew he was in the right place to put his newly acquired Big Data experience to good use. “When I left [Oracle] I got some Big Data experience with another company. When I started hearing that Oracle was making Big Data a cloud offering, it seemed like a good opportunity to come back and leverage both my past experience with Oracle and my new experience with Big Data,” Jon recalls. Primarily involved in fielding Big Data services on the Oracle Cloud, Jon is proud of what his combined experience has brought to the table. “I’ve worked a great deal on integrating our Big Data Cloud service with our Identity Cloud service. Being able to get them working together and enhancing our offering has been an exciting effort,” Jon explains. Having returned to Oracle, Jon knows that he can now leverage more than his Big Data experience to achieve success. “I like the diversity of teams and people you get to work with. The ability to reach out to a whole breadth of people with diverse backgrounds across the company lets you leverage their knowledge to achieve your goals,” Jon says. In closing, Jon is confident that Oracle will continue to be a great place for his talent in the years to come. As he puts it, “Oracle is doing a lot of exciting stuff with the cloud. Being involved in the vast array of Cloud services that we’re putting together is an exciting process.” Do you think your experience in technology would fit in nicely with Oracle’s projects? We’re always looking for driven, talented, and self-starting candidates to join our teams of tech professionals. If this matches your profile, send your résumé to Chad Kidder (chad.kidder@oracle.com) today. We’ll be glad to get in touch with you and discuss career opportunities at Oracle. Come create the future with us.

When Jon M., Product Development Architect for Oracle Big Data Cloud, returned to Oracle two years ago—after having been with the company for about twelve—, he knew he was in the right place to...

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Consistently Winning at Oracle

For Matthew F., Director and Lead of Security Competitive Intelligence on the Global Technology Competitive Intelligence team, the move to Oracle came five years ago after spending time in the startup space. “After being part of several smaller startups, I welcomed the opportunity to join a consistently winning team. Oracle is a powerhouse in the space, with tremendous resources and talent. We have the ability to adapt quickly to changing conditions, and we’re backed by enough financial capital to ensure that we can always make the right decisions for our business and customers,” Matthew says. As an industry analyst covering the Security space for Oracle globally, Matthew’s job is to “know the Security vendors, which products are complementary or compete against Oracle’s portfolio, what trends are emerging, and how Oracle can improve its ability to compete in the Security space.” Matthew adds, “It’s interesting work because it requires a deep understanding of how the technology works together, and also the ability to translate how technologies can be applied to meet various business requirements. Ultimately, it’s about adding value to our customers’ bottom lines, and helping the field to understand how to best position Oracle to do that.” Oracle’s resources and talent may help Matthew consistently win at his sprawling Security job, but his team’s nature also has a hand in making it possible. As Matthew explains, “Our team has visibility not only across the global landscape, but also into every strategic product area across Oracle. It’s a unique group in that we’re not caught up in the minutiae of only one market, geography, or technology. We have the opportunity to impact Oracle’s business globally.” Last but not least, Matthew’s own attitude plays an important part in his career success at Oracle. Having won the Whatever It Takes Award, Matthew admits that “it feels good to be recognized for having the right attitude and commitment to our internal stakeholders. I use it as a reminder to always do whatever it takes to exceed expectations.” Are you the kind of tech professional that does whatever it takes to exceed expectations? Oracle is always looking for passionate, driven, and self-starting talent to join its cutting-edge technology projects. If this sounds like your dream career, send your résumé to Nicole Palmer (nicole.palmer@oracle.com) today. Come create the future with us.

For Matthew F., Director and Lead of Security Competitive Intelligence on the Global Technology Competitive Intelligence team, the move to Oracle came five years ago after spending time in the startup...

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Reasons to Join the Oracle Enterprise ERP Apps Team: Q&A with Kari Mahaffey

The Oracle Enterprise ERP Apps team is hiring! If you’re a strategic software sales representative and ready to take on your next challenge, read our interview below with Kari Mahaffey, GVP of ERP Diversified Industries (West), and find out if this is the opportunity for you. Why is now a good time to join the Enterprise ERP Apps team? Kari Mahaffey (KM): Oracle has the most robust cloud ERP application suite in the industry. The good news is your clients don’t have to transform their entire enterprise in every case. We are able to sell comprehensive, enterprise-wide solutions, or we can accommodate line-of-business configurations – whatever makes most sense for the client. By hiring the right cloud apps sales professionals, we’ll continue building momentum in the ERP space, so we’re looking for those who are skilled at articulating the business value conversation, both at the strategic and functional levels within our clients. What kind of roles are you currently hiring for? KM: We’re hiring Cloud Applications Sales Professionals in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, and Kansas City. What kind of special qualities or skills are you looking for? KM: We’re looking for Cloud Applications Sales Professionals who’re courageous, transparent, and fun. What do current employees like most about being part of the Enterprise ERP Apps team? KM: The opportunity to bring strong solutions to their prospects, backed by the strong brand name of Oracle. Our innovations in the most complex business process areas are impressive. Does this sound like the kind of opportunity you’re looking for? If so, send your résumé to Kathy Morris (kathy.morris@oracle.com) today. Come create the future with us.

The Oracle Enterprise ERP Apps team is hiring! If you’re a strategic software sales representative and ready to take on your next challenge, read our interview below with Kari Mahaffey, GVP of ERP...

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Beating out the Competition: Q&A with Keith Hoang

The Oracle Technology & Systems Competitive Intelligence team is hiring! If you’re a self-starter ready to take on your next challenge, read our interview below with Keith Hoang, Vice President of Technology & Systems Competitive Intelligence, and find out if this is the opportunity for you. What are some of the exciting things your team is currently up to? Keith Hoang (KH): Oracle has quickly become a leader in cloud. In the last couple of years we have built some exciting capabilities in public and hybrid cloud. The work that my Competitive Intelligence team does is core to helping Oracle win in the cloud market. What can you tell us about the unique opportunity you’re currently hiring for? KH: I am building out my Competitive Intelligence team and have some exciting openings that I am looking to fill. They include: Director of Competitive Intelligence for Cloud Infrastructure, Director of Competitive Intelligence for Database Management, and Director of Competitive Intelligence for Cloud Integration, to name a few. What kind of skills or special qualities are you looking for in someone to fill this role? KH: The base quality I am looking for is someone with subject matter expertise. If I am hiring a Director of Competitive Intelligence for Cloud, I would expect this person to know quite a lot about the cloud market and the competing offerings. He/she also needs to write well and communicate well verbally. Ultimately, the key to success is being a self-starter and having a go-getter attitude. What do current employees like most about being part of your team? KH: The current employees enjoy being part of my team for three primary reasons: First, they are empowered to do their job. If someone is the Director of Competitive Intelligence for a particular area, I would expect this person to lead and take total responsibility for his/her coverage area. Second, they are constantly learning new products and technologies, because the competition never slows down or stops. My team will be the first to learn about the latest developments in the market and by the competition. And third, they feel they have direct impact on the company and the bottom line. When we help a sales rep win against the competition, we quickly know whether we made an impact. Does this sound like the kind of opportunity you’re looking for? If so, send your resume to Nicole Palmer (nicole.palmer@oracle.com) today. Come create the future with us.

The Oracle Technology & Systems Competitive Intelligence team is hiring! If you’re a self-starter ready to take on your next challenge, read our interview below with Keith Hoang, Vice President of...

Life at Oracle

Success through Innovation

For someone like Zeeshan, Principal User Experience (UX) Designer for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, a culture of innovation is crucial for his success. It was 14 months ago that Zeeshan realized that Oracle was the place where he would find the culture he needed. “A couple of friends of mine were working at Oracle Cloud Infrastructure; they mentioned how good the culture was and how much the designers and developers were involved in the innovation process, how they could come up with ideas, propose something, and work on it to improve the user experience,” Zeeshan recalls. Today, Zeeshan recognizes that his success as a UX designer stems from his team’s support. “Here I feel like everybody’s enabling me to be successful. When I try to do what’s best for the customer, people around me are supportive; they try to make me succeed. It gives me a lot of confidence,” Zeeshan says. Located in Seattle, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is surrounded by innovation in cloud technology. As Zeeshan explains, “I’ve been living here for 18 years; I like being in this area because I can go talk to other people in the industry and know what they’re doing, as well as meet my friends that work with cloud competitors. It’s good to be in Seattle.” As part of his quest for innovation, Zeeshan is excited to be working on a special project. “I’m working on the user interface (UI) for the world’s first autonomous database. It’s an honor for me to be the project’s lead UX designer, to create a UI that makes our customers’ lives easier and changes the way enterprises interact with the database,” he mentions. Are you interested in joining a team like Zeeshan’s? Oracle Cloud Infrastructure in Seattle has career opportunities for self-starting, driven, and passionate professionals who want to create the future of technology. If this description matches your profile, visit www.oracle.com/joinoci today to explore our available openings. Come create the future with us.

For someone like Zeeshan, Principal User Experience (UX) Designer for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, a culture of innovation is crucial for his success. It was 14 months ago that Zeeshan realized that...

Asia Pacific

Top Tips to Prepare for an Interview

As part of the Talent Advisory community, I interact with a lot of candidates and each experience is unique. However, there is a constant: being well-prepared is the key for candidates to successfully land their desired role. Many times I’ve seen potential candidates fail in interviews due to a lack of preparation. Here are my pointers from my years of experience. Preparation Tips: Research the company and role – You need to have a strong understanding of the company, as well as the job description and how the job will match and enhance your skills and career. Take time to completely research the company and the team for which you’re being interviewed, and develop relevant questions to ask across all interview stages. Be on time – Rather, I suggest you reach the venue well in advance. It shows your punctuality and respect for the schedule. It also shows the interviewer that you’re reliable and trustworthy. Know your interviewer –At each interview stage, ask your recruiter for details about the interviewer and the experience ahead. Inquire about the dress code for the office, and dress accordingly. This will boost your confidence to face the interview. Observe – At each stage of the interviews you face, or during the waiting period between interviews, make a habit to observe the environment and team. It can give you good insight on details that may not be actually covered during interviews or discussions. Body language and poise – “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” – Peter F. Drucker Interviewers will automatically observe your body language as soon as they meet you. Your body language, and the way you present yourself, will determine the first impression that the interviewer will have of you. Body language matters, especially in interviews. Here are a few pointers to take care of: Sit up straight Use hand gestures when you explain/discuss something with the interviewer Maintain eye contact (don’t stare, though) Keep calm and be yourself If you’re stuck at any point, politely inform that you’re unable to recall and would like to take up the next question Give a firm handshake Phrase your sentences well What to bring to an interview – I’ve come across situations where hiring managers weren’t very impressed by candidates for showing up without a résumé. Come well-equipped for your interview with: Several copies of your résumé Your business card A pen and notebook A confident smile Post-interview pointers: It’s never an easy wait from the time you complete the interview to when you know the results. However, it’s important to give the recruiter space and time during this waiting period. A day after the interview, you can write a thank-you email, and include a note on your strengths and skills that make you more suitable for the role. If you don’t hear back from the recruiter in a week’s time, send another follow-up email reaffirming your interest in the position, and that you’re eagerly waiting for the next step. In a scenario where you don’t crack the interview, don’t be disheartened. Request the recruiter to share feedback on what didn’t work out positively for you. This feedback can help you prepare better for the next interview. I know it can be frustrating sometimes when the results don’t turn out as you expected. However, it’s important to maintain a positive attitude and take the rejection well. Oracle has numerous opportunities that can help you discover and reach your true potential. Explore today at our Careers site. Good luck!   Swathi B. Senior Oracle Talent Advisor

As part of the Talent Advisory community, I interact with a lot of candidates and each experience is unique. However, there is a constant: being well-prepared is the key for candidates to successfully...

Asia Pacific

Lead, Learn

From selling satellite solutions to diversified IT products and solutions across leading enterprises and the public sector, Oracle India’s Head of Marketing, Geetu B., is a woman with a mission: to constantly learn and innovate by finding new dimensions. Geetu credits this never-ending curiosity and appetite for continuous learning as the key to effective team management and leadership. Here, she shares more with us: Why do you think continuous learning is so important? A career is no longer the end product of an education. Now, a career itself is an education for an employee. It has to be, as technology is developing at lightning pace and many of the skills that employees were using, even a mere decade ago, are outdated. Employees who are in charge of their own learning know what they need to learn and when they need to do it, becoming more adaptable and making their organizations more agile. Why do you think the ability and willingness to learn is the key to being an effective leader? The willingness to learn brings about humility and passion. It ensures not only that you’re willing to take on any challenge, but it also means that you’re willing to listen to feedback and insights from the people you’re working with. This is important, especially in our industry, where there’s disruption at every stage. A willingness to learn helps us to thrive in a world that’s constantly changing. What are some of the most valuable lessons you’ve picked up from mentors throughout your career? When I was at Telstra V-Comm, I learned from the CEO to be responsible for myself and to manage my time well. He was a big believer of having no physical office or set working time—he gave us trust and ownership of our jobs. I felt motivated and delivered, and now I too give my team a lot of independence. At Hewlett Packard, I learned from one of the best women leaders I’ve had the privilege to work with (she was the MD at that time) that gender is a mindset. I learned to be fearless and to do my job well and with integrity. From the Chairman of Microsoft, I learned to challenge the norm, to always question the usual way of doing things and see how it could be improved. How do you nurture this love of learning in your team? I always encourage my team to keep ideating and exploring innovative approaches to the assignments at hand. I may have my own ideas on how to go about doing a project, but I always encourage healthy and open discussions—I’m often truly surprised by their ingenuity and approach! If you don’t have an open attitude and aren’t willing to learn, you’ll be inclined to tell your team how to do things because you think you know better. But when you’re willing to learn, you’ll hear their ideas and, collectively, the team will usually have better ways to do things. What do you think is a manager’s most important role? I think that, more than just lead the team, a manager needs to groom leadership from within the team. As managers, we’re only true leaders if our actions inspire others to learn more, to achieve more, and to become more. I develop my team by always challenging them, even if they think they cannot rise to the occasion; I have faith and confidence in them to push the boundaries and take risks. If they fail, I always take more of the blame; if they succeed, I take little or no credit for it. Can you share how you’ve invested in your own learning recently? At work, I was nominated for the Top Talent Program last year. This required a nine-month commitment to an online leadership management and development program, as well as two pit stops, which were a week in Hong Kong and Michigan each. It involved a lot of research and study, as well as a weekly commitment to calls to be on projects. I learnt a lot, and also, it was a chance for me to lead by example, to inspire my team and also my two daughters. Outside of work, I’ve trained as a clinical hypnotherapist, and have certification from the California Institute of Hypnosis. I’m really interested in the workings of the mind, and that leads me to find out more. What advice do you have to help colleagues incorporate learning into their daily lives? Try this formula: 90-60-30. Keep the first 90 minutes of the day for yourself to meditate, exercise, read, learn, plan your day, and so on. Then, the first 60 minutes after coming home from the office should be for family. Use this time to relax, free your mind and, if anything, learn unconditional love and care and how to give. Finally, during the last 30 minutes before going to bed, think. Think about what you learned that day and how you’ll apply those lessons the next day. Geetu believes good leaders are good learners. She’s stayed ahead of the curve by making learning a habit for herself and her team. Are you ready to take the next big step in your career? Start today by exploring Oracle’s various opportunities at our Careers site.   Geetu B. Head of India Marketing

From selling satellite solutions to diversified IT products and solutions across leading enterprises and the public sector, Oracle India’s Head of Marketing, Geetu B., is a woman with a mission:...

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Join Oracle’s Cloud at Customer Team!

Good news: our Oracle Cloud at Customer team is hiring in Santa Clara and Redwood Shores! Now is the time for self-starters and leaders, with experience in software and hardware engineering, product management, and/or cloud operations, to join the team and help shape the business as it grows at a very high rate. If you want a career in technology that offers challenging work that develops your skills, excellent compensation, and a relaxed, diverse work environment, then this may be the job you’ve been waiting for. About Oracle Cloud at Customer Built on Oracle’s Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service platform, we’ve delivered Oracle Cloud at Customer: the industry’s leading public cloud, deployed behind the customer’s firewall to enable organizations to build a seamless hybrid cloud. Unlike previous solutions in the industry—presented as “private cloud” or “hybrid cloud”—, Oracle’s Cloud at Customer did not start with legacy on-premises products. We took our public cloud stack and replaced it to create Cloud at Customer, so that customers no longer have to settle for something less than the cloud if they cannot put their data outside their premises. This team has been involved since the conception, launch, and rapid growth of Oracle Cloud at Customer. It is a closely knit team, spanning Product Management, Engineering, Program Management, and Cloud Operations. This is one of the fastest-growing businesses at Oracle and in the industry. Working with the Oracle Cloud at Customer team Building hybrid clouds is an exciting challenge. It requires blending public cloud and customer premises operational and security models, while providing a simple consumption-based commercial experience. Here are some of the areas of development that the team is working on: Optimizing and scaling cloud operations to span thousands of micro clouds at customer sites. High availability and data protection architecture, spanning customer premises and public cloud datacenters. 100% automation of lifecycle operations. Advanced security and privacy features (optimized for high-security deployments). Integrated development pipeline solutions that use both public cloud and customer premises cloud assets. Oracle benefits As part of the Oracle Cloud at Customer team, you get to enjoy one of the most complete benefits packages in the industry, which includes: ORACLEflex – Oracle’s ORACLEflex benefits program provides you a wide range of customizable medical and dental benefits plans to meet your specific health needs. Oracle 401(k) – Oracle’s 401(k) Savings and Investment Plan offers you a way to plan for retirement, contribute to your long-term financial goals, and decide where to invest your money. Employee Stock Purchase Plan – Oracle’s Employee Stock Purchase Plan lets you purchase Oracle common stock at a discounted market price. Time off – Everyone needs a break once in a while. With several recognized paid holidays, paid vacation, a flexible sick-leave policy, and flexible work schedules, work-life balance is more than just a catchphrase at Oracle. Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – The Oracle Employee Assistance Program offers referral services and confidential, personal assessment. EAP is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Live and Work Well – Live and Work Well helps employees manage work and personal responsibilities by providing free advice, useful materials, and referrals to resources in areas for balancing work and personal life, locating child care and elder care, parenting, adoption, selecting schools, and chronic condition support. Commuter Benefit Program – The Commuter Benefit Program allows employees to use pre-tax dollars to pay for eligible public transportation and/or parking expenses—up to the monthly pre-tax maximum through convenient payroll deductions. Openings in the Oracle Cloud at Customer team Oracle Talent Advisors are always searching for brilliant employees with an entrepreneurial spirit, looking for a work culture where innovation is the goal, hard work is expected, and creativity is rewarded. Oracle employees enjoy competitive salaries, excellent health benefits, and a network of like-minded coworkers that drive innovation across the entire technology industry. If this sounds like the kind of opportunity you’ve been looking for, click here to email your resume to Lucas Jaramillo today.

Good news: our Oracle Cloud at Customer team is hiring in Santa Clara and Redwood Shores! Now is the time for self-starters and leaders, with experience in software and hardware engineering, product...

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Becoming OPEN: A Quest for Diversity

For those who suffer from Gender Identity Disorder (GID), a supportive work environment is critical to their performance, development, and happiness. Amber, Cloud Platform Rep at Oracle UK, found the support she needed when she joined Oracle in 2012. “I didn’t feel comfortable coming out at my previous employer to the extent that I didn’t even tell them about my gender issues, so I decided to leave and look for a new company that had a strong diversity policy, and that encouraged LGBTQ+ people to express themselves in a safe environment,” Amber shares. It was upon joining Oracle that Amber had her first contact with the Oracle Pride Employee Network (OPEN), which would give her a sense of community and security. “My first encounter with OPEN was when I was still an in-the-closet employee; I joined one of the regular OPEN global calls where diversity issues within the business and in the wider industry were discussed. Resources were also shared among employees, such as where to go for help, documents, presentations, and assets the OPEN team had created for events and projects over time,” she remembers. Though Amber wasn’t ready to get involved with OPEN right away, she took a more proactive approach upon transitioning in 2017. “Local HR and colleagues were very supportive. When UK HR announced that they were launching OPEN in the country, I wanted to get involved in order to create a good environment for new employees coming into the business. Stewart Monk, OPEN’s regional leader, was looking for someone to lead the activities locally, so I became the leader of OPEN’s UK chapter,” Amber explains. So far, the OPEN UK chapter’s main accomplishment has been its participation in the London Pride Parade, which had an estimated 1 million spectators. “OPEN UK’s 45 members marched for the very first time alongside the parade’s 30,000 attendants. People in the business got involved, and customers responded very positively to the fact that Oracle is showing commitment to diversity. My OPEN colleagues were instrumental in setting this in motion and keeping the momentum,” Amber recalls. The OPEN UK chapter’s work hasn’t come unnoticed, as they now have an award under their belt. As Amber mentions, “the award was presented at the 8th Annual Pride Luncheon at Oracle Headquarters. We received the OPEN Chapter of the Year Award for all of the great work we’ve done to promote diversity and support for the local LGBTQ+ community.” Though the OPEN UK chapter has made great strides in a short while, its members know there’s a lot of work to be done. Fortunately, as Amber says, “Oracle has been showing interest in diversity and support for LGBTQ+ employees for a while. Its great employees, as well as customers, are extremely supportive of colleagues who transition. I’ve had very positive experiences with everyone along the way. I can now be my authentic self, and be productive at work to achieve great results.”

For those who suffer from Gender Identity Disorder (GID), a supportive work environment is critical to their performance, development, and happiness. Amber, Cloud Platform Rep at Oracle UK, found the...

Asia Pacific

Be Your Authentic Self

For Lisa M., Vice President of the Oracle Sales and Partner Academy (OSPA) for EMEA and JAPAC, being successful at work, and in life, starts with knowing and drawing strength from her authentic self. Being self-aware, Lisa feels, not only helps her identify her strengths and weaknesses, but also guides her in establishing her personal principles and limits. Lisa, who has some 25 years of experience in IT sales and sales training, shares more with us below: Why is knowing, and sticking to, your authentic self so important? What I mean by identifying your authentic self is to really know what you stand for, what defines you. As for myself, I’m passionate, a go-getter, and I greatly value integrity. More than just knowing myself, I live honestly by it. This way, there is no line between work and life; I am able to fully be myself. And because there is no contradiction, I’m able to always give my best in all I do. How do you identify this ‘intrinsic’ self? I’ll admit that, most of the time, identifying your core principles is hard. Typically, it’s not one instance or episode in life that points them out to you, but a combination of various experiences. For instance, you may realize something after going through a particularly hard episode in life; or when a teacher or a parent says something that sparks an emotion or a realization. However difficult it might be, it’s important to consciously and truthfully explore your own identity. I would say, “Ask questions about things and situations, but also about yourself—don’t shy away from the hard questions.” A well-rounded gut instinct is clearly a benefit of great self-awareness. How important do you find it in your daily interactions? Listening to your intuition can be crucial. I’ll give you an example of when I should have done so—though it was a good lesson learnt. After I had my second child, I wanted to re-invent myself and move into a Sales Performance Improvement role. In a lengthy interview process with a company that worked in this area, we discussed what they wanted to do in the market, my capabilities, and how the two were aligned—or so I thought. In the final interview, my radar went up, but I was already emotionally invested. On my first day, I knew I had made a terrible mistake. The work they told me they wanted done was not what they actually wanted done. My biggest disconnect was the lack of respect they had for their staff and clients, as well as issues around integrity. The latter showed that there was a misalignment between my true self and the company. My learning from this was to trust my intuition. How do you help your team members be self-aware? Besides encouraging them to explore their personal values, I also help them go out of their comfort zone by assigning them challenging projects. They may fail, but learning from failure is the important thing. Through failure, one learns to do things better and to have resilience. One can also feel empowered from positive outcomes. A self-perpetuating cycle is achieved, where confidence and empowerment (or failures turned into lessons) help people feel more comfortable in their own skin. This, in turn, inspires further wins. What advice do you have for women who want to do well in their careers and still be aligned to their personal beliefs? Be more candid when talking about your strengths. Knowing yourself well not only includes understanding your weaknesses, but also celebrating your strengths. You will do yourself a disservice by not speaking up. By recognizing her strengths, Lisa succeeds at work and in life. Are you ready to take the next big step in your career? Start today by exploring Oracle’s various opportunities at our Careers site.   Lisa M. VP of OSPA for EMEA and JAPAC

For Lisa M., Vice President of the Oracle Sales and Partner Academy (OSPA) for EMEA and JAPAC, being successful at work, and in life, starts with knowing and drawing strength from her authentic self....

Life at Oracle

Moving Forward

For Christine, the startup life could only take her career so far. “I worked for many startups in the past, some really outstanding companies in the industry. However, I got to a point when I wanted to expand my career differently, and a startup couldn’t provide what I was looking for. So I had to start looking for a larger company,” she remembers. Christine’s desire to move her career forward brought her to Oracle, where she’s been covering the company’s HCM suite of Cloud products for the past six years. “I like the fact that, because Oracle is a big company, you have access to a lot of resources,” Christine says. “It gives you an advantage over the competition, particularly from a sales perspective. Oracle won’t micromanage you either—you’re always treated like a professional,” she adds. An accomplished HCM Application Sales Manager, Christine recognizes that, despite the nature of her work, a proper work-life balance is something to strive for and Oracle’s culture helps her achieve that goal. “The company promotes a healthy work-life balance. In sales, no matter whom you work for, there’s a tradeoff at times when you’re looking to close out your quarter or your year—you’re always chasing the deal. However, outside of that, Oracle is very respectful of family time and vacations, which leads to a good work-life balance,” Christine explains. If you are looking to move your career forward, Oracle has opportunities for you. We’re always looking for driven, self-starting, and creative professionals to join us on our mission to create the future of technology. If this sounds like the career you’re after, email your resume today to Heath Timmerman (heath.timmerman@oracle.com) to be considered for one of our open roles. Do as Christine and create the future with us.

For Christine, the startup life could only take her career so far. “I worked for many startups in the past, some really outstanding companies in the industry. However, I got to a point when I wanted...

Life at Oracle

The Time Is Now: Q&A with Brad Gerber

Our Cloud Platform Sales team is in need of experienced salespeople who are driven for success, and are excited about Oracle’s Cloud and Technology solutions. Check out our Q&A with Brad Gerber, Regional Manager for National Technology Sales, below and find out if this is the opportunity for you. Why is now a good time to join the Cloud Platform Sales team? Brad Gerber (BG): Oracle has always been committed to hiring and developing world-class talent. We strive to surround our reps with the best training and resources to enable them, providing an amazing opportunity for achievement. Meanwhile, the market is in the early stages of a generational shift in computing, where the demand is for more performant, secure, easier-to-manage, flexible, and lower-cost platforms. In line with the market, Oracle is in a transformation of its own, focused on being the #1 software provider of Cloud solutions. The Cloud Platform Sales team is on the front line of helping our customers understand how Oracle’s solutions can enable them to meet their goals. They are thought leaders, problem solvers, and business partners to our customers, and enact positive outcomes not only for our customers, but for our customers’ customers. The time is right to join us now, because the race to claim market share is on, and we are poised to lead the charge with our customers. What kind of roles are you currently hiring for? BG: We are hiring Cloud Platform Sales Representatives. The role is critical in working with customer executives to understand business initiatives and challenges, and driving technical solutions to enable customer success. The Cloud Platform Rep is the primary link between customers and the Oracle Cloud and Technology pillar. What kind of special qualities or skills are you looking for? BG: We are looking for candidates who are driven for success, have strong business acumen, competence in Oracle’s Cloud and Technology solutions, and a highly effective communication style. The ability to collaborate in distributed teams is necessary. The ability to execute complex sales cycles (both internally and externally) is also important. High emotional intelligence and a willingness/desire to learn are also key qualities of our most successful Reps. What do current employees like most about being part of the Cloud Platform Sales team? BG: It is an exciting time to be at Oracle, the global leader in enterprise technology solutions. Oracle has a world-class sales organization, with a highly collaborative culture geared towards helping customers achieve their goals and desired outcomes. Oracle is very committed to being the leader of enterprise-class cloud solutions—and employees take great pride in being part of a winning team. Does this sound like the kind of opportunity you’re looking for? If so, send your resume to Dennis Gillen (dennis.gillen@oracle.com) today. Come create the future with us.

Our Cloud Platform Sales team is in need of experienced salespeople who are driven for success, and are excited about Oracle’s Cloud and Technology solutions. Check out our Q&A with Brad Gerber,...

Asia Pacific

Create a Legacy

For Sandra G., Vice President of Enterprise Sales at Oracle Japan, being a leader is more than just managing people—it is about ensuring that everyone can rise up together. Sandra’s personal style of leadership includes a “legacy” dimension, where she plans and develops her team to “inherit” her role—an approach that is crucial for collective success. Combine that with a lifelong passion for learning, and it’s no surprise that Sandra’s close-to-20 years at Oracle encompass key leadership positions in Asia Pacific, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. Sandra tells us more about her approach to leadership and legacy planning: What is legacy thinking and why is it important? The common thinking about legacy is that it’s what you leave behind. That’s a part of it, but what I’ve learned over time is that, for me, legacy is making sure others inherit—and inherit well—what you leave behind. So, for example, in all of the roles I’ve taken on at Oracle, I’ve felt a sense of responsibility to make sure that when I move on to the next role, things don’t go backwards and that the team reaches even greater heights. My aspiration is that my team members supersede me. Honestly, when I hire I look at candidates’ potential—I want people that can be better than me. I feel fulfilled when they rise up, get promoted, and move on to their next career challenge. I too feel motivated to improve myself, as I also need to move on to my next challenge. What is effective leadership to you? Leadership is very different to just management. If you are a manager and you are also a leader, that’s phenomenal. But management, to me, can still be exercised without leadership. Management is more about who you report to; managers focus on the “what” and the “how.” Leadership, to me, is more profound. A true leader will inspire and galvanize others to work and be better together. You don’t have to be a manager to do this. That’s why I think leadership can be practiced by anybody. Now, when leadership is combined with a management position, it’s extremely powerful because then you’re in a position to create a different culture, and that’s what I like about transformation: it’s empowering. How do you nurture leadership in your teams as part of leaving a great legacy? Creating a learning culture within the team, and not killing it, is the key. One part of it is empowering your team members to be curious and ask questions. Another is allowing “learning” to take place, which means a manager must accept that people will make mistakes. Of course, those mistakes need to be within certain reasonable frames. For example, I have zero tolerance for integrity-related issues. But there are other types of mistakes that aren’t the “end of the world,” so I tolerate them. I make sure these limits are clearly communicated to my team. We must remember that we all learn from mistakes. So, creating a learning culture and a culture of trust goes hand-in-hand. Having both is a great way to nurture leaders—they feel safe speaking up; and when they start to do so, they become more confident, productive, a positive influence, and so on. As a leader of leaders, so to speak, what are the crucial traits one must have or practice? Being a visionary is one thing—the ability to think about the bigger picture and finding meaning that matters to the team. Then, having the ability to share that vision, and to make others excited about it, is crucial. Sharing the “why,” not only working on the “what” and the “how”—going from the inside out, if you will—is very important. This requires a lot of communication. It is constant; it never stops. You are communicating, enforcing, reinforcing, and communicating again. The interesting thing is that that cycle requires you to listen—not just hear—in a generous way. It requires you to understand others and try to align with that common vision and goal, and then carry on with the journey. How can someone get excited and passionate about work? It’s not easy, even for me, to feel excited when I come to work every single day. But what keeps me generally excited and looking forward to going to work daily is having meaningful, bigger objectives. I mean, it’s great closing deals, but I think it has got to serve a larger purpose. For example, when I was at Oracle Chile, I worked a lot on the concept of enabling transformations for our customers. By doing that, we were also impacting the quality of life for people in the country and its communities. This gave our work meaning. When I had a shared vision with my team, I easily found common ground with people who had different work styles, cultures, and interests in life. So you really have to find out why your work matters, firstly to yourself, and secondly to your team, and then connect that with why it matters to the organization you work for. What advice do you have for women who want to become better leaders? I am aware, having worked in the West and now in Asia, that there might be social peer-to-peer pressure for women to behave in certain ways. These are not minor things. My advice might be easier said than done for some people, but we have been talking a lot about issues surrounding women in leadership and management for a long time. It’s time, I feel, that we recognize that our success starts with ourselves. You have to believe in yourself. If not, no one else will. So, for example, start speaking up in meetings and don’t fear judgement. When you start speaking up, you start to be visible. If you don’t take that risk, no one will know you, right? No one will know who you really are, what you can really do. Once you start being visible, interesting things will start happening to you and doors will open. Are you ready to take the next big step in your career? Start today by exploring Oracle’s various opportunities at our Careers site.   Sandra G. Vice President of Enterprise Sales at Oracle Japan

For Sandra G., Vice President of Enterprise Sales at Oracle Japan, being a leader is more than just managing people—it is about ensuring that everyone can rise up together.Sandra’s personal style of...

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A Familiar, yet Better, Environment

For Debra, a member of the outbound go-to-market team for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, hearing what people had to say about working at Oracle sounded quite familiar. “I was really interested in joining Oracle Cloud Infrastructure after talking to a lot of folks that were already in the team. Everyone I spoke with about the culture of the company reminded me of past startups where I’d worked. I liked the opportunity of being part of a larger company that provided more resources, but kept a fast-paced and agile environment,” Debra remembers. This opportunity to remain in a familiar, yet better, environment drew Debra to join. Having been with the team for 11 months, she remains focused on “engagement activities involving events, whether they’re webinars, digital events, or live events.” She also engages in a lot of cross-functional efforts. “Be it with other product teams or directly with corporate marketing, I try to make sure Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is part of their programs in order to drive awareness through all the different channels,” Debra explains. When her role throws a challenge at her, Debra knows she can count on her teammates for support. “I really enjoy all the folks that I encounter across the different teams. Everybody is really driven and focused. And even within that focus and drive they have for their own job functions, they’re super supportive of making sure that we all work towards making Oracle Cloud Infrastructure the best product and brand possible,” Debra says. With that kind of support, Debra has no problem taking on ambitious projects that’ll mark her career. As she explains, “Before I came onboard, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure didn’t have its own webinar series. So instead of starting our own webinar series, I’ve been partnering with different corporate teams, as well as user groups, to host webinars that we’ve been doing with customers and partners on a monthly basis. That’s been a really strong program for us and, going into summer it’s getting even stronger.” Is the environment that Debra describes the one you’re looking for to grow your career? If you’re a driven, talented, and skilled professional, Oracle has a place for you. To discover the opportunities that Oracle Cloud Infrastructure offers, visit this site today. Do as Debra and come create the future with us.

For Debra, a member of the outbound go-to-market team for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, hearing what people had to say about working at Oracle sounded quite familiar. “I was really interested...

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Have Confidence; Be Ready!

Kyunghee L., Senior Director of Strategy and Implementation Success for PaaS and IaaS in APAC is a trailblazer. Rising through the ranks to become a senior leader within Oracle by doggedly developing her strengths and performing, she overcame deep cultural perceptions that affected her as a woman in the tech industry. While still fulfilling traditional roles as a daughter, wife, and mother, Kyunghee makes no apologies for her determination that enabled her to pursue her career goals and growth. With her focus now on mentoring and coaching young women to invest and use their strengths to achieve their goals, Kyunghee shares more of her journey with us. How did you identify and cultivate your strengths? Initially, I didn’t recognize my strengths. It was one of my managers, and later on, a colleague who pointed out that I’m very strategic in my thinking, and that I’m good at seeing the big picture. I started to consciously develop these strengths by always asking for frank feedback from managers, colleagues, and team members. I also changed my mindset: I decided a long time ago that when I’m given a task or assignment, I won’t see it as a job. Instead, I always try to understand what my role is in the larger picture, and I ask myself, “What’s my responsibility?” “What’s the most interesting thing about this project?” “What can I learn from this work?” By approaching my work with this attitude, I’m invested in it beyond it being “just work.” What would you say has been your most valuable strength? In addition to being someone who thinks strategically and looks at the big picture, I’m also an activator. When part of a team, I make things happen. How do you build on your strengths? To develop, one needs a feedback loop. So I’m constantly asking people for feedback about my performance—I seek their thoughts not only at work, but also in life situations. I also always try to see things, and myself, from a third party’s point of view. This way, I get balanced, neutral insight and avoid having a narrow-sighted—or shall I say, self-sighted—view. What have been the challenges that you’ve encountered in your working life? Tell us how you played to your strengths to overcome these challenges. When I started working back in the early ‘80s, it was a big challenge for me to find work as a woman. It wasn’t in the Korean culture for women to work (especially not after they got married). And even if women managed to land a job, there would be many limitations, such as lesser opportunities for promotions. I had to deal with this cultural aspect. Thankfully, on the family front, my father was very supportive, as well as my husband later on. In my career, I had to deal with my fair share of discrimination. Some of my managers—especially when I first started working—saw me only as a team member and never could accept that I had management potential. I also felt “alone,” as there were not many female colleagues around. When I could not convince my bosses with my good performance, I moved to another team. I did speak up against unfairness sometimes, but when that got me nowhere, I would move to work for managers who recognized my performance and potential—and more importantly, were happy to mentor and help me develop my career. I thought long-term and didn’t just focus on one issue, in order to make the best decision for myself. You describe your leadership style as being the conductor of an orchestra. How do you do this? When I evaluate or work with people as their manager, I look at two parts: their performance and their potential. The performance is easier to assess, but potential is something that’s under the surface and not easily seen. Besides talking to my team members and getting to know them better, I also seek other people’s comments and observations to have a 360° view. Then, just like an orchestra conductor would, I harmonize the strengths of all my team members. I don’t dictate what they must do or how they should develop themselves—they’re experts in their respective roles—but I offer guidance and advice. Individually, I explain to them their strengths I see, and I share how I developed my own strengths. When assigning projects, I always consider my colleagues’ individual strengths and task (challenge) them accordingly. I always expect them to do better than what they think they’re capable of. If they fail, it’s also a part of their development. But eventually, with their perseverance and eagerness to learn, they will achieve their goals. At the end of the day, I want them to have growth. What advice do you have for women who want to excel in the workplace of today? Regardless of whether you’re male or female, I believe you first need to have a willingness to work on yourself, and have a yearning for improvement. So before an opportunity comes along, you need to be prepared—I call it “prepared coincidence.” If you’re weak knowledge-wise, or if you need to brush up on your skills or expertise, then study or learn from others better than you. And when an opportunity presents itself, seize it. Don’t shy away from taking up added responsibilities or diving into a new role because you’re afraid or you’re overthinking your abilities. Have confidence and be ready. Are you ready to ramp up your career? Oracle has numerous opportunities that can help you reach your goals. Explore today at our Careers site.   Kyunghee L. Senior Director of Strategy and Implementation Success for PaaS and IaaS in APAC

Kyunghee L., Senior Director of Strategy and Implementation Success for PaaS and IaaS in APAC is a trailblazer. Rising through the ranks to become a senior leader within Oracle by doggedly developing...

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Enabling Success at Oracle

Jennifer is a Regional Manager for Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM)’s Higher Education business. For her, motivation is seeing her team of Sales Managers succeed. “My main goal is to make sure that I enable my team with the tools that they need to be successful, to get to know our customers, provide them with the solutions they need and close the sale,” Jennifer explains. “When people feel empowered, and they have the resources they need to succeed, it makes for happier, much more successful sales leaders.” Building customer relationships is important to Jennifer. She spends most of her day coaching her team on how to understand customers’ challenges and goals to provide the most value to their business. “Although we want to close the sale quickly, it’s important we stop, listen and learn from our customers, so we help them remove any roadblocks from their path to success.” Jennifer shares. For leaders like Jennifer, Oracle is a great place to put her drive and talent into action. “Oracle gives us the training and tools to build our careers and leadership skills.  I’ve been able to build a team that has grit, climbs mountains, and breaks through walls for our customers,” she says. Jennifer is just one of many sales professionals at Oracle – each with their own unique story. Come write yours. If you’re a driven, talented, and skilled professional, we have a place for you. Email your CV to Heath Timmerman (heath.timmerman@oracle.com) today to be considered for one of our open positions.

Jennifer is a Regional Manager for Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM)’s Higher Education business. For her, motivation is seeing her team of Sales Managers succeed. “My main goal is to make sure...

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We Are Proud to Be OPEN!

How the Oracle Japan office set up an LGBTQ community Creating Inclusivity In a society where sexual orientation is deeply private, three Oracle employees decided to start a community to create awareness around equal rights and support for our LGBTQ colleagues. Their inspiration to start this community came, sadly, from tragedy: the sudden death of an ex-colleague who, despite being openly gay at Oracle, remained closeted at his last employer. The group was deeply affected by their colleague’s passing. It occurred to them that there might be others at Oracle who may feel scared or ashamed to step out. Yoshiko Nakano, one of the founding members of the Oracle Pride Employee Network (OPEN) group, spoke about getting the group going. “When we started we only knew what our end goal was: to help create a workplace where the LGBTQ community can feel safe and accepted. But we knew nothing else—we weren’t sure how to get there!” Yoshiko went on to say, “not all of us are from the LGBTQ community, so we had to first understand the challenges faced by them and how we could foster acceptance at work. We attended seminars to learn more about the needs of the community. In the beginning, we didn’t know of any open LGBTQ colleagues! We had to join external LGBTQ networks, and through them we were able to connect with a few people at work. We joined hands with the Japanese ‘Work and Pride’ organization and started working on how to make our office more LGBTQ-friendly. We started small by doing mini presentations at lunch time, and spoke to anyone who would listen. We also created a mailing list to share relevant content and stories with people.” Along with creating awareness, the team felt it was important to get leadership support, which they quickly received. The group then offered education for managers to help them understand the impact of unconscious bias and discrimination. Their first workshop was a great success, with a big turnout and enlightened discussion, which has led to the continuation of training for employees. Making Change Happen OPEN Japan received tremendous support from their local Legal and HR teams for their efforts, and together extended equal benefits to same-sex partners, changing policies to include “domestic partnerships.” Strong allies Tadahiro Kaneko, the Chief Legal Officer for Oracle Japan, and Yukiko End, the Vice President for Human Resources in Oracle Japan, became OPEN’s executive sponsors to ensure their success. The Pride Parade Displaying newfound confidence, 35–40 Oracle employees and their families and friends joined the OPEN group during the Japan Pride Parade in May 2017. Besides participating, OPEN had a booth for the first time, where Oracle chatbot technology was used to welcome everyone to come back and ask questions related to LGBTQ issues. No Rest In giving confidence to the LGBTQ community to know they’re accepted at Oracle, the OPEN Japan group is not stopping! Yoshiko said they know they still have much to do: “We’re working on a company-wide survey for Japan to assess the current situation of sexual minorities. We’re creating an Oracle Japan manual that LGBTQ employees can consult, and we’ve planned a few movie screenings. Good Aging Yells, an NPO dedicated to creating better lives for LGBTQ individuals, plans to create a Pride House in 2020, the year of the Tokyo Olympics. OPEN Japan will collaborate with them, as well as make a donation through Oracle Japan.” Onwards and Upwards While having reached sizeable achievements in a short period of time, the group recognizes the complexity and sensitivity of their mission. “We have taken on the charge of creating an inclusive workplace for the LGBTQ community, but we have to keep reminding ourselves that we have to always adopt a consultative approach. Each LGBTQ person is different, and their needs are different. Unless we hold hands and partner with different groups, our efforts will not be complete,” said Yoshiko. Going for Gold OPEN Japan decided to raise the bar and challenge themselves by being ranked by Work with Pride Japan, which awards Gold, Silver, and Bronze ratings on the Pride Index for workplaces, based on how inclusive their policies are for LGBTQ employees. In 2016, Oracle won Silver in its first application. But this was not good enough, so OPEN coveted the highest Gold rating the next year. In its 2017 application, Oracle was evaluated in five areas: Policy (Declaration of Action) Representation (Parties Community) Inspiration (Educational Activity) Development (HR System/Program) Engagement/Empowerment (Social Contribution/External Activities) At the end of 2017, Work with Pride Japan announced that Oracle and OPEN had won Gold! A fantastic achievement and proud moment for the group’s founding members: Yoshiko, Midori Kawamukai & Mariko Akagi. Please join us in congratulating OPEN Japan for leading the way and making Oracle a great and inclusive place to work for all employees! If you would like to find out more, or join the OPEN Japan group, please visit OPEN Japan. For more information about starting an OPEN group in your country, please contact JAPAC Diversity. Are you looking for a workplace that respects diversity of thought, beliefs, and preferences? Explore opportunities at Oracle, an inclusive and diverse employer!

How the Oracle Japan office set up an LGBTQ community Creating Inclusivity In a society where sexual orientation is deeply private, three Oracle employees decided to start a community to create...

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A Platform for Success – Q&A with Go K.

The Oracle NetSuite Solution Consultant Academy (SCA) Program prepares business professionals for an exciting and rewarding career, as part of the Pre-Sales Solution Consulting organization at NetSuite. We took some time to talk with Go about his experience in the program, and why people should join. Check out his answers below and find out how you can apply. How would you describe your experience in the SCA Program? Go K.: Joining the SCA Program has been, by far, the best career decision I’ve ever made. The program contains a rigorous but organized 7–9 month curriculum that builds your soft skills and product knowledge. It has provided me the platform to grow and have a successful career as a Solution Consultant. What made you want to join the program? GK: I spent a number of years as a technology consultant, implementing SAP, Oracle, and SFDC.com, but was hitting a roadblock, realizing that consulting wasn’t a career for me. I loved learning and implementing the product, but weekly travel and repetitive projects left me in a place where I was getting burnt out and not learning anymore. I was always interested in moving into Sales, but I didn’t have enough experience. Luckily, NetSuite began its new SCA Program, and I haven’t looked back since. It combined everything that I was searching for; I got to use my soft skills to work with prospective clients, while leveraging my product knowledge to sell the value of our Cloud offering. What doors did your participation in the program open for you? GK: There are many doors that the program has opened for me, but I would have to say that visibility and accessibility to leadership have been crucial to me. We’ve had the pleasure of working with many talented leaders across the board that have guided and mentored us to be successful at our jobs. Visibility and accessibility always translate to opportunities, and upon graduation I was given the occasion to join and lead Pre-Sales for a brand-new micro-vertical (apparel, footwear, and accessories). This opportunity has allowed me to grow as an individual contributor, while expanding the team to 5 Solution Consultants. Now I have the honor to lead the team as a Manager. How was the transition from your previous career to the SCA Program? GK: It was certainly rocky at the beginning. Prior the program, I had zero experience being in sales, and it took me a while to get comfortable presenting and reading the audience. With that said, each checkpoint and assignment built on top of each other, and by the end it became second nature. I constantly laugh at myself for how nervous I felt before passing these checkpoints. What would you say to someone who’s thinking about accepting an offer into the SCA Program? GK: If you’re interested in moving into a Pre-Sales career, this is the best program for you. It will challenge you, make you uncomfortable, and teach you about yourself more than ever. In the end, it will all be worth it! Does the Oracle NetSuite SCA Program sound like the kind of opportunity you’re looking for? If so, send your resume to Keri Smith (keri.smith@oracle.com) today. Good luck!

The Oracle NetSuite Solution Consultant Academy (SCA) Program prepares business professionals for an exciting and rewarding career, as part of the Pre-Sales Solution Consulting organization at...

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Be a Fearless Maker of Change

Olivia H., Senior Director of Government Affairs and Business Development in China, has a reputation of being a fearless maker of change. And no wonder! In 2015, Olivia led the team that proposed and implemented the local manufacture, sale, and service of Exadata machines in China—a revolutionary concept and model. Olivia and her team had to persuade HQ to make rare exceptions, engage with colleagues across the organization, negotiate with a local partner, and implement the entire business plan. Olivia’s fearlessness and willingness to strike out and do something extraordinary paid off: over 30 machines have been sold under this model, and China has become Oracle’s second-largest market for Exadata globally. Moreover, Oracle’s position in China has strengthened because of our commitment to manufacture a part of our most advanced hardware in-country. We hear from Olivia on why a transformational mindset is important—and how to cultivate it: Why is Oracle’s transformation to a cloud company important, especially in the China context? Our customers in China are very educated in cloud and are moving very fast in terms of their business requirements. Instead of asking us how cloud technology would benefit them, they ask how Oracle can help them move to the cloud more quickly, what technologies Oracle has, and what sort of timelines we work on. To capture the strong market demand, we need to transform ourselves to do business in very different ways. We need to be closer to our customers; our sales reps need to understand our customers’ business, what stages they’re at, and how we can bring value. We need to drive real business conversations with our customers, and not rely on the traditional product-driven approach. In your view, what are the internal challenges that are impacting the speed of transformation in China? I think a lot of people in Oracle are quite satisfied with our current business, and are happy with the strong position we’ve earned after many years of operations in China. We do have very good database technology and integrated technology platforms, as well as good applications—and we still have traditional business coming in. One of the ways I’m involved in driving this transformation is with a customer advocacy program initiated in March 2017. It involves nurturing customers of all sizes during the pre-win and post-win stages to be our advocates. But we need to make sure that, internally, everyone is gearing up for a change that is right around the corner. We cannot continue to do the things we’re doing now, in the ways we’ve been doing them, and expect to be fine. We must transform our mindset internally and start selling differently. How do you prepare to take on such big transformation projects and manage the risk of failure? I think fear is a very common feeling when change is looming. Still, I don’t think it’s something that should stop people or cause them to shy away from challenges. If you put yourself into the bigger picture, and try to find meaning in tackling a job that’s seemingly beyond your scope, you will not only progress in terms of skills and other development points, but you may also find more meaning in your role in the company. And sometimes, finding that meaning will help you deal with fear. What tips would you give someone who’s about to embark on a transformation initiative? I think it’s very important to understand the company’s strategy, be it quarterly or yearly. Put yourself in the big picture, and through this, you’ll come to understand the role you play and the meaning in the transformation project you’re involved in. Secondly, you should adopt a change mindset—seek different viewpoints and ideas and adopt the best ones. It’s natural for us to associate ourselves with those who have the same opinion as us, but it’s important to actively ask for differing opinions and not limit ourselves to only one way of thinking. Are you ready to ramp up your career? Oracle has numerous opportunities that can help you reach your goals. Explore today at our careers site.   Olivia H. Senior Director of Government Affairs and Business Development in China

Olivia H., Senior Director of Government Affairs and Business Development in China, has a reputation of being a fearless maker of change. And no wonder! In 2015, Olivia led the team that proposed...

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Oracle University is hiring in Bangalore!

Oracle Education is the education arm of Oracle. Our charter is to train all customers, partners, and Oracle employees on Oracle’s Cloud products. This includes over 130 different cloud services covering SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS/OCI. We train all audiences for the cloud, including end users, administrators, implementers, and architects. We offer a variety of training solutions, including digital training, digital subscriptions, live training, and certifications. Our content and offerings are the most comprehensive for training on Oracle’s Cloud offerings. Why did you join the Oracle University team? I joined the Oracle University PaaS Education team for the opportunity to grow a new line of business. The cloud space is no longer the future; it is happening now. This was a ground-floor opportunity to be part of an exciting venture. I love the challenge of growing a training business and seeing the results that my efforts produce in helping customers adopt Oracle products, and become successful using them. I have responsibility for building the North America sales team from the ground up, and seeing that the team produces the desired results. This is a challenge—given the fast pace of the cloud business—and I want to be able to put together a team of top performers and lead them in growing their careers. How is it like to work in the Oracle University team? Oracle University is a global, diverse business whose charter is to train customers, partners, and employees on Oracle Cloud products and solutions. In this role, you are exposed to all parts of the business: Sales, Marketing, Delivery, Operations, and Development. You have the opportunity to showcase the value of training to customers every day, and help them strategically make the right education investments to ultimately make their teams and organization successful. You work with a set of accounts and get an understanding of how they use the cloud in their business to drive innovation. Your role is to have customers appreciate the value of our offerings and expand the investments customers make in trainings. Why do you enjoy working in Oracle University? What inspires you in your role? Oracle is a large company, though the Oracle University Cloud team is not that big yet. I enjoy being part of a growing team and working with some of the best talent in the industry. I especially like the challenge of building a sales business and seeing it become successful. What are the roles available in your team? We’re offering sales roles to drive the adoption of our PaaS and OCI education offerings to customers. In this role, you will have a chance to work with customers and understand their journey to the cloud. This is an opportunity to position our training as a strategic value to them, because they can reskill their current workforce while meeting the daily needs of staying current on the cloud. We’re also looking for sales consultants who can help articulate the technical depth of our content. The team is expected to grow significantly over the next few years, so there will be opportunities for more senior sales roles and, potentially, leadership roles. Why is now a good time to join Oracle University? As we all know, cloud technology is transforming our industry. Oracle is extremely committed to the cloud, with huge investments in all cloud areas. As customers adopt the cloud, education is one of the top needs that customers have, because they need to understand how to use our products and stay current, as cloud releases change continuously. This is a great opportunity for you to be at the cutting edge of Oracle’s technologies and work with customers directly to make them successful. Why should people join the Oracle University team? Cloud technology continues to rapidly evolve and moves at “cloud speed” with continuous releases. With this change, the need to stay current on the technology is critical to success—this is where education plays a vital role. Oracle University is at the cutting edge of this evolution, and we provide the most modern training options to our customers. You will have a chance to be exposed to Oracle’s Cloud portfolio and all its education offerings. We’re a growing business; we continue to innovate to be one of the leading education businesses in the world. What do you think is the recipe for success when working at Oracle? Knowing the business and being results-oriented are crucial to succeeding at Oracle. We’re a global organization, so working collaboratively with colleagues worldwide is also important. In the end, it’s great to realize that “1+1=3,” i.e., when we all work together, the collective work is always greater than the individual parts. Being part of a growing group like Oracle University reinforces that experience. Ultimately, working with very talented colleagues in a collaborative environment drives success.   Does working for the Oracle University team sound like the kind of opportunity you’re looking for? If so, send your resume to our dedicated Oracle Talent Advisors today to be considered for one of our open positions. - Nishant Goel – nishant.goel@oracle.com - Swati Shrivastava – swati.shrivastava@oracle.com   Or connect with Andrew Conlan on LinkedIn for a friendly chat.

Oracle Education is the education arm of Oracle. Our charter is to train all customers, partners, and Oracle employees on Oracle’s Cloud products. This includes over 130 different cloud...

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What’s Your Potential?

Being a chameleon can be an asset, as Mei San Y. (Head of ASEAN & SAGE Marketing) can attest. Starting out as an accountant right after finishing tertiary education, the next 20 years of Mei San’s career saw her venture into—and learn about—a variety of fields, working first at IBM, then Formis Computer Services, Oracle, SAP, and once again at Oracle. Mei San shares why identifying and embracing potential is so important. It’s not just limited to high performers, as she believes every individual has the potential for greatness. Let’s start with what leadership is to you. How do you describe your style? Leadership is about coaching, mentoring, and really ensuring the team is successful, so they can be future leaders themselves. To be honest, my style is quite chill—I’m pretty much friends with most of my teammates. I know everything about them, yet I can be really serious when it comes to driving what I believe in. I don’t like the “fear factor” in leadership. I don’t like my teammates to fear me. Leadership is not about being harsh, but about gaining respect when you exemplify what you really believe in, and translating that into purposeful leadership. Then your teammates will be more motivated to do their best—not because they fear you, but because they believe in what they’re doing, and in their own potential to achieve a purpose in their career, or an impact in the organization. Lastly, but very importantly, I believe integrity is the basis for everything we do. Without integrity as a foundation, we’re setting ourselves up for failure. How would you describe potential? Potential is an attribute that is hidden somewhere in the deep core of a person. You won’t really know your own potential unless you actually seek and try consciously to identify it. Also, many times it takes someone else to identify that piece of strength in you—and that takes a lot of time and patience. It’s important to me to help my teammates identify and address their potential, to guide them in creating a development plan so they know how to chart their future. Then, they will be self-motivated to do well to spark and unleash that unique potential. When did someone see potential in you that you hadn’t seen in yourself? What did you learn from that episode? This was probably four years ago…it was actually Sotis Dramalis, my current manager here and a previous manager at SAP. Sotis gave me an opportunity to take on a role that I initially thought I couldn’t do. At that time, I was leading a two-person team as a Country Marketing Manager at SAP, and he encouraged me to take on managing a regional team. Sotis helped me to overcome my own doubts. I now realize that was a trigger for empowerment. With his support, I actualized the opportunity, grew into my role, and did fairly well. True leaders like Sotis bring out the personal best in their teams; he ignites our human potential. This experience cemented my belief that it’s important to have a development plan for each team member, and to regularly check in with them in order to make sure that plan is going well, or if it needs modification. How do you overcome reluctance by someone who doesn’t see the potential that you do? What we do is introduce them to something more exciting, like a small project you think might be challenging, but that they can handle. Start small and build confidence. Move on to bigger things in stages. You have no idea what you are capable of until you actually try. Helping teammates progress isn’t only within a manager’s realm—colleagues can encourage each other, too. Pears might also have a better insight into colleagues’ personal lives, such as their hobbies and passions. One of the ways to help someone is to maybe suggest that they apply skills honed through hobbies to the job. What are some of the challenges you have faced with regard to motivating and developing your team? Some people may appear to be unambitious and that they don’t want to be developed. There are people who are just happy doing the same thing for years, and are satisfied with performing competently in their role. You can encourage these teammates to deliver their best in whatever they do and entice them to come out of the box to try new things. But you also have to respect that they just need to take their time. There can be various reasons for this: they may be limited by low confidence, or even family commitments and constraints. When my two children were young (they were born during my first stint at Oracle, from 2003 to 2012), I struggled; I was focused on developing myself as a mother, trying to juggle work and motherhood. I could do my job well, but I didn’t think beyond my current job scope. It was a different season of my life and I do empathize with the challenges that young mothers may face. What are your top two tips to help others take the first step towards achieving their potential? If you really want to achieve something, there’s always a way to overcome any obstacles. You need to believe in yourself and take that leap of faith. Firstly, you’ve got to be very resourceful. Be creative when seeking out avenues and opportunities, be it through apps, friends, colleagues, and so on. Surround yourself with people who are positive, and don’t be dragged down by negativity, which will only distract you from your potential. Secondly, it’s important to reflect regularly on yourself and talk to others to get their points of view. Ask questions like, “What do you think I should do in five years?” and “How do you think I can get there?” “Potential is a priceless treasure, like gold. All of us have gold hidden within, but we have to dig to get it out.” – Joyce Meyer Oracle has numerous opportunities that can help you discover and reach your true potential. Explore today at our careers site.   Mei San Y. Head of ASEAN & SAGE Marketing

Being a chameleon can be an asset, as Mei San Y. (Head of ASEAN & SAGE Marketing) can attest. Starting out as an accountant right after finishing tertiary education, the next 20 years of Mei San’s...

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The Oracle Solution Services India team is hiring in India and Philippines

The Oracle Solution Services India team has exciting opportunities available in India and Manila, Philippines. We took the time to chat with Rajeev Kamath, Practice Director – Integration & Security, about why it’s a great time to join the team. Read on to find out if you match the profile, and how you can apply. Why did you join the Oracle Solution Services India team? I joined Oracle as a consultant over 18 years ago. I wanted to work with leading-edge technologies and be part of a team that was solving exciting problems on a global scale. I wanted to work in a fast-paced environment that challenged me. And above all, I wanted to add value to the customers I work with. This is an exciting time to join Oracle. Our cloud platform is accelerating rapidly to cover areas that did not exist just a few years back. Our products are enabling our customers much faster than ever before. How is it like to work in the Oracle Solution Services India team? Over the years, I’ve played many roles. I started as a Technical Consultant, which meant meeting customers in many countries, understanding what they needed (and just as importantly, why), and ensuring the solutions we developed and deployed accomplished those goals. A little later, I took on the role of Service Delivery Manager, which combined presales solution architecture discussion and estimations, as well as delivery governance. This unique blend helped me understand many end-to-end aspects of a consulting engagement. And in my current role, I lead a team of 160 consultants in the Security and Integration domains, delivering value to our customers across 35 countries and, just this year, over 100 projects. I’m responsible for hiring consultants and their growth, and business development across EMEA and APAC, as well as project delivery. A typical day for me starts with an opportunity for my solution architects, talent managers, and delivery leads to sort out any immediate issues. Roles and responsibilities are pretty clear, and my team has a lot of leeway in making decisions, so they take care of transactional activities on their own. I continue to focus on long-term strategic initiatives like hiring, skill development, and investments in emerging technologies and accelerators, such as Blockchain, IOT and machine learning, that will help us do more for our customers with less resources. And finally, I celebrate success, big and small. Why do you enjoy working in Oracle Solution Services India? What inspires you in your role? Every day is a learning opportunity for me. I’ve always been very hands-on technically. My role allows me to lead a team of brilliant consultants, while always looking for new ways to solve technical and business challenges. I’ve travelled the world, met fantastic customers, and made friends in dozens of countries. With all of that comes growth, both personal and professional. I’ve learnt a lot about technologies—some which don’t even exist anymore. But at the end of the day, I always want to learn new things; Oracle has given me that opportunity. I still want to transform our customers’ business life and help them achieve their objectives, using Oracle products and platforms. Every day is exciting and I honestly love getting up every morning. What are the career opportunities available in your team? My team is roughly broken down into individual contributors who work on our customer-facing engagements, solution architects who are responsible for architecting solutions and ensuring delivery on projects, and finally, talent managers who are responsible for the hiring and development of my team members. I’m currently hiring for all roles across 5 locations in India, as well as in Manila. Why should people join Oracle Solution Services India? There are many reasons. First, we’re one of the few lines of business within Oracle that works with customers across EMEA, APAC, and Latin America. With so many customers and regions comes the opportunity to learn about new cultures. Second, we’re co-located with Product Development, and have inherently become the conduit for many other Consulting lines of business to learn what is coming up in new products and releases. Third, the opportunities for technical learning are immense. While we focus on the middleware stack, the boundaries between applications and technology are blurring. My team works across Fusion SaaS and PaaS every single day. My average consultant has 8 years of experience (22 at the high end). You will always be doing something new and exciting with that kind of experience.   Does working for the Oracle Solution Services India team sound like the kind of opportunity you’re looking for? If so, send your resume to our dedicated Oracle Talent Advisor today to be considered for one of our open positions. To apply for the role in SSI India, send your resume to Papiya Sarkhel at: papiya.sarkhel@oracle.com To apply for the role in SSI Manila, send your resume to Pamelyn Chong at: pamelyn.chong@oracle.com Or connect with Rajeev Kamath on LinkedIn for a friendly chat.

The Oracle Solution Services India team has exciting opportunities available in India and Manila, Philippines. We took the time to chat with Rajeev Kamath, Practice Director – Integration & Security,...

Wearing Different Hats at Oracle – Glenda’s Story

At the end of our hour-long conversation, Glenda narrows her eight-and-a-half-year journey with Oracle down to one line: “If you show up and give one hundred percent, Oracle is your oyster” – a pearl of wisdom she has followed time and again across three distinctly different roles. Glenda came to Oracle by way of the real estate sector. It was 2008, and the fallout from the U.S. housing bubble was starting to roil global financial markets. Circumstances rendered a successful real estate career untenable, so Glenda took advice from her husband and long-time Oracle employee Matt: Look for openings in our real estate department. A few months later Glenda was project coordinating Oracle’s new data center in Utah. From contacts and payments to tracking progress for 10-K reports and board meetings, Glenda was on the frontlines. With unparalleled attention to detail, she managed anywhere between 30 to 75 projects at a time, including office relocations and renovations. A Quick Detour to Facebook Nearly three years into her role as Global Real Estate Project Coordinator, her boss took on a role as head of real estate for Facebook. He was so impressed with Glenda’s work at Oracle that he offered her a role as Facebook’s Global Program Manager of Real Estate. It was hard to refuse. Glenda worked on a massive project to build out the Sun campus that Facebook had recently purchased from Oracle. Leveraging the experience she gained at Oracle and her familiarity with the Sun campus, she ran the back office side of building out what became Facebook’s Menlo Park campus and global HQ. Back to Oracle with a Different Hat Facebook offered challenges, but Glenda’s heart belonged to Oracle. After a year and a half, she came home: “There are so many opportunities that come across your desk and into your realm,” she says. “It’s more about your attitude and your work ethic, than knowing how to do the itty-bitty pieces of the job. You just have to believe in yourself and jump.” Through an old connection, she learned of opening on a team led by Donna Reid. It was an M&A-focused role, but Donna only needed someone who knew how Oracle’s business worked and who had connections internally. Glenda interviewed and was quickly offered a Project Manager role on the team. The new challenge reinvigorated Glenda’s passion for her career. “Donna seeing that opportunity to bring me back to life with just a little bit of coaching and time made all the difference in the world,” she says. “I felt like a star again. I felt like I could do anything.” Glenda’s new role wasn’t real estate, but she knew she would succeed. She understood the procurement side of the business well, which made sliding into the M&A portion of her role easy. She exceeded everyone’s expectations and was promoted to Senior Project Manager within a year. Heading for the Atlantic Three years into her role, Glenda and Matt decided to relocate their family from the West Coast to the East Coast. It wasn’t possible to hold on to her M&A role away from Rocklin, so Glenda sought another internal opportunity. “As I found through my years at Oracle, it’s not all about what you know. It’s also about who you know and the relationships that you build along your path at Oracle,” she says. “You just never ever know who you’re going to be working for or who you’re going to be working with, so building relationships is key to being able to move around at Oracle.” Word of Glenda’s passion for Oracle and commitment to her work helped her land a position in HR. “It was a realm that I knew nothing about, but I did know how to organize content and people, and I could make it happen.” Over the course of the next 18 months, Glenda put 680 people through the CSS Emerge Program, globally, for the Customer Service and Support organization. This involved negotiating contracts with suppliers, hotel rooms, conference facilities and menus, coordination and delivery of all communications to the participants for training and logistics, setting up social media for program cohesion and in closing ensuring all suppliers and vendors were paid. This program has since been taken on by Michigan State University and delivered as a packaged offering at Oracle. Two and a half years into her HR role, Glenda continues to thrive, learn, and grow. Create the future with us. Find your next opportunity here.

At the end of our hour-long conversation, Glenda narrows her eight-and-a-half-year journey with Oracle down to one line: “If you show up and give one hundred percent, Oracle is your oyster” – a pearl...

Career 2.0: Bringing Women Back

As the Head of ERP Cloud Delivery for EMEA and JAPAC Offshore Consulting, Anitha George leads a team of consultants across India. Faced with a lack of diversity in her team, Anitha decided to do something about it. She began by focusing on attracting women and paying particular attention to those who had taken a career break and were looking to return. “We started the initiative informally, but now we’re trying to make it more structured. I really want to create a more gender-balanced team.” Diverse Skills Anitha says that her hiring strategy didn’t start as a conscious hiring of women, but as a means to address skill shortages in the team. Speaking proudly about the positive feedback her team received, Anitha shares the points that sparked her focus on gender diversity. “I would often get feedback from my onsite team that the women I had picked for offshore projects had better communication skills, and were connecting more effectively with the onshore team in a more structured manner. Without succumbing to any stereotyping, we felt these certain qualities made women better at this job. They had better communication skills, they empathized more with the customer’s problems, and had the ability to patiently propose a solution.” It was this feedback and these skills that drove Anitha to pursue this hiring strategy and hire more women, which has improved her team’s diversity and performance. More recently, Anitha turned her focus to hiring women who had taken a career break. Attracting Candidates “When I’m hiring women, I’m not just looking at their skills; I’m also looking at their confidence to be able to get back to work. I’m looking for women who are excited to work in an energetic environment.” To attract female candidates, Anitha identified two key points recruiters could promote during their search: The training provided – the upfront commitment to skills development offers women, especially those who’ve taken a break, a reassuring return to the tech industry and Oracle. The nature of the role – offshore consultants are rarely required to travel. In the “consulting world,” this is a rarity—the amount of travel typically expected of a consultant can be a barrier for women with family responsibilities. “Once I told the recruiter to really focus on women, I saw the difference in the pipeline of candidates coming in.” The Reality Right now, Anitha isn’t satisfied. Determined to improve the proportion of women in the team, Anitha has set some goals. “To begin with, my target is to have at least 30% of my team members be female, and increase that in the future. In the current cloud delivery model, 70% of it can be delivered remotely, so I can target people who have travel constraints, namely women.” Mantra for Success Anitha creates an environment for everyone to succeed and belong; she takes a practical approach to flexible working, and encourages team collaboration and liveliness. “Flexibility is OK as long as output does not get impacted. We encourage team members to support each other at work. Once in a while we’ll organize a team outing on a Saturday and invite our families. We have a newsletter where we encourage the team to share events, and pictures involving their families. Your team at work becomes your extended family.” On a personal level, Anitha says she “always tells women to be more visible, to take those difficult assignments if they really want to shine and be noticed. Attend those tough meetings, make that important trip, and make use of the abundant resources at Oracle and upskill yourself.” And from a business perspective, and as a leader, Anitha never loses focus on delivering the best results. “We’re definitely not doing any charity for women; we feel they’re better qualified and that is why we’re enabling them. In turn we’re enabling ourselves through this process. It’s a win-win.” Are you looking to get back into the workforce after a break? Oracle has numerous opportunities that you can explore at our careers site.   Anitha George Senior Practice Director – ERP SaaS, PPM  

As the Head of ERP Cloud Delivery for EMEA and JAPAC Offshore Consulting, Anitha George leads a team of consultants across India. Faced with a lack of diversity in her team, Anitha decided to...

No Going Back

When Stephanie, Technical Writer at Oracle Dyn, had her first taste of working at a startup, she knew there was no going back. “I worked in the documentation team of a non-profit in Boston for over 10 years, where I had to follow really rigid guidelines and standards. After that I started working at a startup in New Hampshire, where things were less rigid; I embraced the fast-paced environment and collaborative culture,” Stephanie recalls. So when Stephanie joined Oracle Dyn nine months ago, she was glad to find out that the startup environment she’d come to embrace would still be a part of her professional life. “I see the same fast-paced environment and collaborative culture at Oracle Dyn. It’s a startup-like environment where people are friendly and helpful, and everybody’s enthusiastic about the products we make,” Stephanie says. A Technical Writer with a passion for technology, Stephanie creates and delivers customer-facing product documentations; she works closely with engineering teams to develop and write the documentation that helps customers understand how to use Oracle Dyn products. “I’ve always really wanted to work with technology, so I feel very proud to say that I work at one of the largest software companies in the world,” Stephanie shares. Oracle Dyn’s combination of a startup-like environment and resources of a large, international technology company allows Stephanie to use her talent to make a positive impact on a global scale. As explained by her, “being able to collaborate with all these really smart people means we can really create the best cloud out there to help all kinds of companies and organizations.” Joining Oracle Dyn to take on challenging, global technology projects like Stephanie’s is open to driven, talented, and self-starting professionals. If this sounds like your profile, email Kelly Trebbe (kelly.cushman@oracle.com) today to discover our current opportunities in detail. Join Oracle Dyn’s startup-like environment today and create the future with us.

When Stephanie, Technical Writer at Oracle Dyn, had her first taste of working at a startup, she knew there was no going back. “I worked in the documentation team of a non-profit in Boston for over 10...

Taking Startups to the Next Level

Taking Startups to the Next Level For more than a decade, Vitor has worked with startups. He’s always believed there are great ideas out there that, with a little boost, are able to turn into real impact and change people’s lives. Now, he’s part of Oracle’s Global Startup Ecosystem, and he’s using Oracle tech to help empower young Brazilian entrepreneurs to make their dreams a reality. “We offer startups technology (access to the Oracle Cloud), expertise (mentorship and workshops), and connections (help with connecting to new customers),” says Vitor about how they empower them. “We’re working with startups to help them understand the enterprise world, and to integrate with our solutions, powered by our technology. We try to partner with startups as much as possible to help them interact with Oracle’s enterprise customers. It’s not easy for a startup to talk to a CIO in a big corporation, so we help them navigate this world,” Vitor explains. With this approach, Vitor and the Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem team in Brazil have helped startups to improve team productivity, tackle logistical challenges, bring livestreaming to the enterprise world, and even improve the way advertising reaches the customer. “We help all kinds of companies. On our first cohort, we had startups with just a few customers to some with hundreds,” Vitor remembers. How does an average workday look for Vitor? “One thing that’s very important in my role is to develop relationship skills. My job is to connect these startups with Oracle, our customers, and partners. Most of my day consists of building these relationships between companies, Oracle, and customers. My job is to introduce startups to the Oracle ecosystem, and to the great opportunities that come with it,” Vitor says. “Sometimes people ask me why I joined Oracle. The answer is because I believe in opening doors for startups to help them succeed. We can be great partners, sometimes customers, and always a technology platform to enhance their growth. Plus, at a global company like Oracle I can help startups open doors, not just in Brazil, but all over the world,” Vitor shares. What’s the next step for Vitor? “I really believe we have a great opportunity to help Brazilian startups scale globally. Brazil is a great starting point, but our startups could target the global market. I joined Oracle to fill in some gaps in the startup ecosystem, and to grow professionally. When I work here I feel like I’m part of something bigger than just Brazil. Here I’m part of a global program and a global team.” In closing, Vitor shared his thoughts about the exchange of knowledge that occurs when working closely with startups. “In corporate-startup relationships, sometimes corporations believe they are the only ones with something to teach, but corporations also learn from the startups they accelerate. It’s helped us become more agile and change our mindset. When you work with startups, learning is the rule. It’s not easy, but there’s always growth with them—they are changing very, very fast.” Join Vitor and Oracle on creating the future by applying at oracle.com/careers

Taking Startups to the Next Level For more than a decade, Vitor has worked with startups. He’s always believed there are great ideas out there that, with a little boost, are able to turn into real...

Perspective: The Three Rs of A Rewarding Career

As a female business leader, I am often asked by younger team members – how did you achieve the role you have today? I am sorry to reveal that there is no quick formula that is easy to follow. What you may value and want today, will be very different to what you care about and want in the future. Your business career and aspirations will shift and change over time. But what I do have are some life experiences to share, which I trust will help you navigate your own path. In keeping it simple, it comes down to 3 Rs. Resilience I’ve always worked hard. I come from a family of hard workers. I like putting the miles in, as I know there are good rewards at the end. But sometimes there are not. Sometimes you can be working your little heart out, and you missed “it”. A manager once told me, after being really exhausted from executing a major project that: “You are like a girl scout, Cath. Always executing…but missing the bigger picture”. I cried quietly in my hotel room after that feedback. This insight made it abundantly clear to me that due to upcoming organizational changes, a promotional goal that I had been aspiring to achieve, was no longer on the table. By working so hard, I had missed what the business was really looking for. I had not looked for innovation, and I had not forged the relationships I needed to build for my next step. Luckily, I took a deep breath. I thought about new opportunities for the business and approached my personal disappointment from a new angle. I gave up on the goal I had targeted for what felt like “forever”, and recognized that there were other paths. Instead I thought about another leader’s advice - “Cath, in chaos, there is opportunity”. I kept that mantra as I carefully planned and taught myself a new skill set. Within one year of that “moment” in my hotel room, I achieved my promotional goal and a major intercompany business award. It taught me just how resilient I could be. Relationships I also realized that I had missed a trick in the way I developed relationships. It is easier to have working relationships early in your career especially when there are many other women with you on the same journey. But for different reasons, a number of my female co-workers opted to not go on with their careers. So mid-way in senior leadership, I found myself alone. As one of my male colleague pointed out - “Cath, how does it feel to be the last woman standing in the room?” I danced around the answer, but in my heart, I was genuinely lonely. Today, I try to make a conscious effort to develop relationships across the whole organization. It is easy to seek out other women quickly, as 20% of us are “still standing”. So I always enjoy the comradery that comes from working with other women. And at the same time, I know I have to consciously make an effort with my male counterparts – take an interest, care, and really forge trusting business relationships. Most recently, I have had the great pleasure of doing so with the head of strategy and CFO at my previous company. These are outstanding male business leaders that I know I could quickly reach out to for solid business/sounding advice. Through building these relationships with work colleagues you not only benefit, but most importantly the business benefits too – and this is where the diversity that comes with having women executives has a lasting impact. Reading – staying abreast of change, and be willing to learn something new, every day. I read lots of different books and am conscious of being up to date with technology and market movements. But I have a secret. I cheat. I love summaries. And have found an app - BlinkList which gives me a new book every day to read in 15 minutes. Also, online here at Oracle we have Lynda.com. This is another great resource to be up to date on the latest business books and thought processes. I also make an effort to teach myself. In a recent role, my sales team sold Facebook business solutions. However, we did not have a local business speaker for the seminars etc. – as it was very new technology. So, I taught myself. I played with the tools, sat with lots of other 20+ year-old social specialists and soaked it up. Did I know it all? Not one bit, but I can now present on it, share stories about how businesses use these tools, open up a conversation and then hand it over to a specialist who can close the deal. But sometimes I still need help when my teens change my phone to B&W instead of colour. So, my advice is just be willing to read/learn something new – and relish in it. Lastly? Radiate Optimism. There are just wayyyy too many naysayers in business and at times, in life. So being able to make things happen with a smile and a laugh - is always a recipe for success. At Oracle, we cherish our culture of inclusiveness and innovation. To be part of this culture, explore opportunities at Oracle today!   Cath Hodgson-Croker VP of Business Demand Generation, APAC    

As a female business leader, I am often asked by younger team members – how did you achieve the role you have today? I am sorry to reveal that there is no quick formula that is easy to follow. What you...

Join the Oracle Cloud Platform Solution ASEAN team!

The Oracle Cloud Platform Solution (CPS) line is a part of Oracle Consulting. We at Oracle Consulting (OC) in ASEAN are proud of our delivery excellence in Oracle Cloud implementation. OC is the only global organization focused exclusively on Oracle applications and technology. Customers get access to all of Oracle’s lines of business through the single window of OC. Only OC has access to Oracle’s global resources, tools, and techniques, including best practices and successful implementations. Why did you join the CPS team? This is an opportunity where we get first-hand experience in implementing cutting-edge Oracle technology for enterprise customers. We deal with real-life customer problems, and we provide solutions to help our customers do better digitally in their business. How is it like to work in the Oracle CPS team? How is a day in the life of a Tech Cloud Delivery Lead in your team? At CPS ASEAN we take pride in our work, and we deliver our best. This is the place where we learn and implement first-hand new Oracle Cloud technology. As a Tech Cloud Delivery Lead, my primary job is to inspire my team to learn, to understand, and to help our customers to achieve their business goals, leveraging the Oracle Cloud technology stack. Why do you enjoy working in CPS? What inspires you in your role? What you get in OC is rich project experiences across multiple industries, including banking, telco, manufacturing, public sector, and even startups. Yes, startups. Oracle Consulting, through our Innovation Lab Services, works with startups to drive adoption of the latest technologies in the market. This is a place where we experience an end-to-end lifecycle (from problems to solutions) using Oracle Cloud’s technology, methodology, and approach. What are the career opportunities available in your team? To be successful in OC, you have to be someone who loves problem solving. You have to live and breathe customers’ challenges, and present solutions to them. There are a number of technical skills we’re looking for to enrich the team: Digital – UI/UX integrations Mobility – Chatbots Security – Identity/Database security Database, Data Warehouse, Analytics, Big Data, AI, and Machine Learning Infra (IaaS) – WebLogic/Exa/IaaS/OCM Operations Management – DevOps/Enterprise Management You have a range of career options in the team (with a variety of roles and levels) in the following areas: Solution Architecture Technology Architecture Technical Project Management Why should people join CPS ASEAN? At CPS ASEAN we work as a family, not just as colleagues. We help each other, learn from each other, and build solutions together. We learn, we work, and we party hard. We take care and cover each other in times of need. We work on challenging and interesting projects, with various sizes of customers within different industries. This is a place where we continuously learn new things and never get bored. If you think you have what it takes to take on the challenge and help build better solutions for our customers, you should come and join us.   Does working for the Oracle CPS ASEAN team sound like the kind of opportunity you’re looking for? If so, click here to send your resume to our dedicated Oracle Talent Advisor, Sheilla Tridestiana today to be considered for one of our open positions. Or connect with Kurt Kurniawan on LinkedIn for a friendly chat.  

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Transitioning Towards Career Success – Q&A with Erin B.

The Oracle NetSuite Solution Consultant Academy (SCA) Program prepares business professionals for an exciting and rewarding career as part of the Pre-Sales Solution Consulting organization at NetSuite. We took some time to talk with Erin B. about her experience in the program and why you should join. Check out her answers below and find out how you can apply. How would you describe your experience in the SCA Program? Erin B.: My experience in the SCA Program has been both amazing and fulfilling so far (I am currently in Phase 3 of the program, with my go-live scheduled for early June). The program cultivates and improves your soft skills, presentation abilities, and value selling to prospects, all in an environment that’s both interesting and fun. I have developed close bonds with the other students in my program, while also having the opportunity to gather insights from, and gain exposure to, various executives and high-ranking managers within NetSuite, including some of the global VPs. What made you want to join the program? EB: I have an accounting/financial background, and chose to major in Accounting because of the endless career possibilities that would follow as I progressed. After entering the professional world, I quickly discovered that career paths for accounting professionals are generally limited to becoming a financial analyst or staff accountant after exiting the public realm, with general progression towards becoming a controller or CAO/CFO. I knew after a few months in public accounting that, despite loving the people I worked with and the industry experience I was gaining, I just wasn’t interested in crunching numbers and working with Excel sheets every day for the rest of my career. I knew I wanted the opportunity to meld my financial background with the ability to interact with clients daily, while also working in a fast-paced, team-oriented culture. I also wanted to break into the technology and software space, since this industry experiences constant changes that require agility and creativity to achieve success. These qualities drew me to the SCA Program at NetSuite which, I felt, “checked off” all the boxes for the career I was looking for. What doors did your participation in the program open for you? EB: I have had the opportunity to learn from the brightest minds in technology today. I’ve also expanded my network to include individuals beyond my specific SCA class. The SCA Program exposes you to different teams within NetSuite, including those focusing on competitive intelligence, professional services, or technology, as well as past SCAs, so you can quickly develop lasting connections even before going live. The program has also helped me refine my soft skills, including those related to delivering presentations and interacting with prospects, which are invaluable and applicable to any future job. How was the transition from your previous career to the SCA opportunity? EB: Having an accounting background created a smooth transition into the SCA Program because NetSuite’s core offering, as a system, revolves around producing and evaluating financials for a company. The SCA Program recognizes the importance of developing a basic familiarity with accounting principles. As a result, students participate in several introductory accounting classes at the beginning of the program, to help those with a supply chain background quickly learn the new vocabulary and methodology (accounting is dubbed “the language of business,” after all). Therefore, students with a supply chain or manufacturing background are never at a disadvantage, since the program teaches you exactly what you need to know in order to successfully demo to clients with financial backgrounds. For me personally, having the financial familiarity allowed me to focus on refining my soft skills and to learn more about the NetSuite system, but I don’t feel I would have been at a disadvantage with a different background, due to the prep classes you take. What would you say to someone who’s thinking about accepting an offer into the SCA Program? EB: I highly recommend it! I love coming in to work every day with a new challenge to tackle, as well as experiencing the comradery and support from my fellow SCAs. We are at an exciting time in the software industry where we’re developing different ways to tackle our prospects’ increasing needs and challenges. I love being that trusted advisor to show them how NetSuite can help them transform those challenges into advantages for their business. NetSuite sets an industry precedent by dedicating 7 months of training towards developing its Solution Consultants, and I don’t feel I could have easily replicated this experience at another organization. Does the Oracle NetSuite SCA Program sound like the kind of opportunity you’re looking for? If so, send your resume to dan.gibbs@oracle.com. Good luck!

The Oracle NetSuite Solution Consultant Academy (SCA) Program prepares business professionals for an exciting and rewarding career as part of the Pre-Sales Solution Consulting organization...

Paving the Way

For Tyler, Senior Consultant for Customer Experience (CX) Cloud Applications, joining Oracle in June 2015 meant he would not only be making an impact in the field of technology, but in the lives of many aspiring tech professionals. “I was brought in with 10 other Customer Experience Associate Consultants out of college three years ago,” says Tyler about his arrival at Oracle. “Our group was the first wave of college graduate consultants in Reston, VA, so it was pretty special to pave the way and build up a program for future grads coming in,” he explains. The aforementioned program is The Hub, an opportunity for college graduates to receive top-notch training, mentorship, and guidance from Oracle experts to become high-performing Consulting professionals. “I chose Oracle knowing I was going to join a tremendous company that would allow me to grow my consulting skills, as part of a powerful team, within the COE program,” Tyler remembers. As a consultant at Oracle, Tyler leads “various industry-leading CX projects throughout the course of an implementation lifecycle.” He helps “analyze customers’ existing business processes and translate their requirements into the Oracle Sales Cloud application.” It’s the kind of job that can’t be done alone, which is why Oracle “provides a great team-oriented and friendly atmosphere,” says Tyler. However, that’s not all Tyler does at Oracle. Having been part of the first wave of college hires that arrived at The Hub in Reston, VA, he puts that trailblazing experience to good use. “I help onboard and mentor the new grads that come into our practice. Coming to Oracle out of college will help you jumpstart your career, get the training you need, and prepare for success in a client-facing role,” Tyler shares. If you are, or are about to become, a college graduate, joining Oracle’s Hub is your opportunity to get on the fast track to achieving professional success. Email your CV to collegerecruiting_us@oracle.com today to be considered for this career-defining program. Do as Tyler and come create the future with us!

For Tyler, Senior Consultant for Customer Experience (CX) Cloud Applications, joining Oracle in June 2015 meant he would not only be making an impact in the field of technology, but in the lives...

Thriving at the Speed of Light

For Kimberly, Technical Advisor to the Chief of Staff at Oracle, the 15+ years that she’s looked at organizations and the problems that come as part of their growth and opportunities, have given her the experience to know exactly what she needs from a work environment to thrive. “I enjoy process improvement and problem solving, just trying to figure out how to put the right solution into the right group. I’m not a fan of being in teams that are highly operationalized and not moving at the speed of light. I look for opportunities like the one I’m in right now, because that’s where I thrive,” Kimberly explains. A member of Oracle since August 2017, Kimberly knows well what makes her thrive as part of the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure team: “Being part of a startup-type organization allows us to fail fearlessly, move fast, and be able to try new things. I love the fact that you walk in everyone in the organization is helping you solve problems; they’re listening to what you have to say, they’re asking for recommendations, they’re empowering you to help drive towards solutions.” Based in Seattle, the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure team enjoys the Northwest to the fullest. “Seattle’s very diverse because of all the big companies that are here. No matter what sport you play, you’ll probably be able to play it here. No matter what your cultural tastes are, you’ll find something you’ll like in Seattle. You can walk down the hill and take a ferry to one of Seattle’s islands, such as Vashon, Whidbey, or Camano. You can find a little bit of everything here,” Kimberly shares. Last but not least, working at Oracle lets Kimberly devote some of her time to one of her passions: women’s mentorship. “I’m part of the Women of OCI group; I’m big on mentoring women both inside and outside of OCI. I don’t find a glass ceiling here. As a female, I feel like my voice here is heard as much as my counterparts. I don’t walk into a room and worry I am not going to be taken seriously; they’re more worried about me being the right person for driving them towards the right solution,” says Kimberly. Thriving at the speed of light is always a possibility at Oracle for driven, innovative, and self-starting tech professionals. If Kimberly’s story inspires you to join the OCI team—where the goal is to develop the cutting-edge cloud technology that’s transforming business—, email your resume today to Erik Forslund (Erik.Forslund@oracle.com) to be considered for one of our open positions in the Seattle area. Do as Kimberly and come create the future with us!

For Kimberly, Technical Advisor to the Chief of Staff at Oracle, the 15+ years that she’s looked at organizations and the problems that come as part of their growth and opportunities, have given...

Join the Oracle Consulting team in India

  With Oracle currently at the forefront of technology, it is an exciting time ahead for everyone who joins the company.   Who better than Oracle Consulting (OC) to join hands with, in this breath-taking journey? Oracle Consulting – India has some really nice and challenging opportunities to offer.  Read on, to find out what other folks have to say about Oracle Consulting and to find out if your profile matches any of the openings and how you can apply. What is unique about Oracle Consulting (OC)? OC is the only global organization focused exclusively on Oracle applications and technology. OC knows Oracle products better than anybody Customer gets access to all Lines of Business of Oracle, through single window of OC Only OC has access to Oracle’s global resources, tools and techniques including best practices and successful implementations Our Internal and External relationships are Unique  What career opportunities are there available in OC? The open positions are in various Technology PaaS/IaaS and On-Premise areas like: Digital – UI / UX / Integrations Mobility - chatbots Security – Identity / Database Security Database, GoldenGate, DataWareHouse, BigData & AI ODI, BI/OBIEE, Analytics Infra (IaaS) – WebLogic/Exa/IaaS/OCM Operations Management – DevOps / Enterprise Management OC has open positions in all roles, ranging from Technical Project Managers Solution Architects Technical Architects Technical Leads Technical Consultants What you get in OC is rich project experiences across multiple industries including Banking, Telco, Manufacturing, Public Sector and even Start-ups. Yes, Start-ups. Oracle Consulting, through our Innovation Lab Services, works with start-ups to drive adoption of the latest technologies in the market. How is a day in the life of Oracle Consulting team member? Life in OC is definitely full of challenges and not for faint-hearted individuals. Every day, it gives opportunities to provoke innovative and out of box thinking. Customers have business problems and they come to OC to get the right solution and the subsequent implementation. The responsibility to see through the successful implementation falls on the OC team member who is deployed on the project. For all practical purpose, the OC consultant on ground becomes Oracle representative for the customer and hence the OC consultant lives and breathes that customer’s project every day till successful go-live. Of course, the strong OC family stands behind him like a rock. What is OC’s vision to grow the team? Our vision is to become the #1 System Integrator when it comes to implementing Oracle technology products. OC’s aim is to be involved in every key account, every large implementation and every place where customer is talking innovation and Oracle products are involved. Where Oracle is doing any ‘first’, OC wants to be part of that implementation. Obviously, that is possible only when OC has a strong and motivated technical team, which has freedom to express and enough bandwidth to think innovation. Here is what one of our newest hires in OC has to say: I come from an Indian System Integrator where there is no dearth of quantum of work. However, the quality of work that I got in OC is unmatched. The respect that I got from customer when representing OC was unique. Within 4 months of joining, I have already laid my hands on newest Cloud technologies like BlockChain, MicroServices, APIPCS, ChatBot. Moreover, the kind of backing from product team that I get here only strengthens my confidence and correspondingly the customer’s confidence. And after all the hard day’s work, the kind of kick-ass colleagues I have in OC to rewind makes it a fun place to work Working in OC has given me a huge amount of job satisfaction and a sense of completeness.   Does working for the Oracle Consulting team sound like the kind of opportunity you’re looking for? If so, click here to send your resume today, to our dedicated Oracle Talent Advisor - Frijo Jose, to be considered for one of our open positions. Or connect with Frijo Jose on LinkedIn for a friendly chat.          

  With Oracle currently at the forefront of technology, it is an exciting time ahead for everyone who joins the company.   Who better than Oracle Consulting (OC) to join hands with, in this breath-taking...

What You Hear Is What You Get

Even though DJ had been familiar with Oracle Dyn for many years, it was only until he started looking for his next career move that he considered working there. Having friends who worked, or had worked, at Oracle Dyn, DJ had heard lots about the company. “I’ve had very close friends who’ve worked here say very positive things about Oracle Dyn and its culture. It’s nice to hear really nice things about a company and then actually get to find out that everything you heard was true,” DJ says. As an Enterprise Director for the Mideast and Southwest, DJ and his team call on Fortune 500 companies, or larger, for authoritative DNS services and internet performance. “The internet is an interesting place in which security has become a major focus, so we do anything we can to help our customers and end users remain secure. Our work impacts our customers’ ability to provide services to their customers, by limiting their exposure to risk,” DJ explains. Coming from a medical background, DJ was hoping the positive things he’d heard about Oracle Dyn would help him fit in. “I come from an environment where I wasn’t in an office, so I was a little hesitant about feeling comfortable, but it’s been great! The people that work here are from Sales, to Support, to Engineering, and everyone is seemingly excited to be here and has a good time. Everyone comes in and is positive about what they do; they make coming to work more enjoyable. Performance seems to be a result of the atmosphere at Oracle Dyn,” DJ acknowledges. Does the culture and atmosphere that DJ describes sound like your kind of place to work? Oracle Dyn has open positions for talented, driven, and innovative professionals like you. If you want to join an exciting, flexible, and supportive work environment, contact Kelly Cushman (kelly.cushman@oracle.com) today to learn more about our current opportunities. Join Oracle Dyn and create the future with us.

Even though DJ had been familiar with Oracle Dyn for many years, it was only until he started looking for his next career move that he considered working there. Having friends who worked, or...

Join the Oracle Cloud Applications Lifecycle Management team in India

The Oracle Cloud Applications Lifecycle Management (LCM) team has many exciting opportunities available in India. We sat down with Manoj Philip Mathen, Software Architect, to discuss why now’s a great time to join the Cloud LCM team in India. Read on to find out if you match the profile and how you can apply. Why did you join the Oracle Cloud LCM team? Overall it is an exciting time at Oracle, the leading SaaS Cloud Suite provider. The Cloud team has embarked on an accelerated growth journey, with lots of learning and exciting rewards! The Cloud LCM team owns the software that installs, patches, and upgrades the Oracle Fusion suite of products. So, as part of this team, I get to witness, learn, and contribute to the end-to-end (E2E) lifecycle activities of the SaaS Cloud Suite. Can you explain the type of work that you do? What inspires you in your role? As a Software Architect, I get to design solutions that make the life of our customers easier. I focus more on the Product Quality part and am responsible for building AI/Machine Learning-based frameworks to validate our product suite before it is rolled out to the customer. The work is inspiring as I know I am taking my career to new heights—and the amount of learning is humungous. There is a great feeling of camaraderie and never a dull moment in my role and in my team! How is a day in the life of a Software Architect in your team? Being part of a very energetic team, the day starts with a huddle, where we share task updates, learnings, challenges faced, and communicate with each other. We have built a Machine Learning-based platform, which we monitor diligently for any new patterns/insights from the ongoing Provisioning, Patch, and Upgrade cycles. So, we work smart and play hard! What are the career opportunities available in your team? We are currently embarking on the DevOps journey and looking to hire smart, energetic individuals with a passion to learn and lead. There are openings at various roles. At Oracle Cloud LCM, we provide the best in-class resources to develop our employees. One gets to decide his own career path. If working with a highly qualified and driven team excites you, then this is the chance to advance your technology career. Why should people join the Oracle Cloud LCM team? At Oracle, you get the exposure of a truly global enterprise. Within Cloud LCM, you get surrounded by the positive energy similar to that of a startup. It is a chance to become an integral part of an elite team that designs and delivers unique solutions. Let’s talk!   Does working for the Oracle Cloud Applications Lifecycle Management team sound like the kind of opportunity you’re looking for? If so, click here to send your resume today to Hemalatha Rajan, our dedicated Oracle Talent Advisor, to be considered for one of our open positions.

The Oracle Cloud Applications Lifecycle Management (LCM) team has many exciting opportunities available in India. We sat down with Manoj Philip Mathen, Software Architect, to discuss why now’s a great...

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