How did you get started in IT? I was working in a hospital pharmacy that had a poorly functioning medication system built on MUMPS, UNIX, and a SQL-like file database. I educated myself by reading the books that had been delivered with the system and learned to solve issues and errors, maintain the database, and enhance programming.
Job title/description: Oracle Fusion Middleware architect, responsible for advising potential Qualogy customers about Oracle Fusion Middleware solutions
Location: Rijswijk, the Netherlands
Oracle credentials: Oracle Certified Professional (Oracle Database 10g), with 15 years of experience using Oracle products
What technologies have most changed your life? Oracle Tuxedo and Oracle WebLogic Server. In 2000 I began working for a bank on the foreign exchange market that was involved in an international effort to build a time-zone-free settlement system called CLS. I helped build that system using BEA Tuxedo 6.5 [now Oracle Tuxedo] and BEA Jolt [now Oracle Tuxedo Jolt]. The system was running on Sun Java System Web Server [now Oracle iPlanet Web Server], but later we migrated to BEA WebLogic Server 6 [now Oracle WebLogic Server], which I worked with for many years.
What’s your go-to Oracle reference book? Oracle WebLogic Server 12c: Distinctive Recipes (Architecture, Development and Administration), by Frank Munz [munz & more, 2013].
What’s your favorite tool on the job? Kali Linux, the penetration-testing framework formerly known as BackTrack. In my opinion, everyone working in IT should learn more about security.
Job title/description: Instructor, teaching multiple courses about Oracle solutions for Oracle University partners, in addition to teaching at Symantec and EC-Council
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Oracle credentials: Nearly two dozen certifications including Oracle Certified Professional (MySQL 5.0 Developer, MySQL 5.0 Database Administrator) and Oracle Certified Expert (MySQL 5.1 Cluster Database Administrator), with 13 years of experience using Oracle products
Which features and options in Oracle Database do you find most valuable? The best feature is Oracle RMAN [Oracle Recovery Manager], and the best options are Oracle Real Application Clusters and Oracle Active Data Guard. They bring me one very important thing: security. All my clients are looking for performance on their Oracle databases, but they always want to be certain that they won’t lose their data.
What advice do you have about how to get into web, database, or application development? Study every single day. You should never give up your dreams. Buy an Oracle Press book, make your test environment, and start to study it. Someday the right people will appreciate your efforts.
What’s your favorite tool on the job? I use only the open tools that come with Oracle’s operating systems. I like using them to debug, write programs, and make presentations. These tools make me platform- and hardware-independent—I don’t have any trouble if the environment suddenly changes, and I don’t have to worry about where to work.
Job title/description: Database evangelist, developing and doing research on Oracle Database–related management tools and highperformance hardware, while also providing professional database consulting services
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Length of time using Oracle products: More than 15 years
How are you using social media in your work? To connect and communicate with people from around the world whom I’ve met at Independent Oracle Users Group [IOUG] and Japan Oracle User Group [JPOUG] events, as well as at Oracle OpenWorld. It’s amazing how so many people are open with their thoughts and want to share their knowledge. I don’t feel the borders between countries or languages anymore, thanks to social media.
What’s your favorite Oracle user group? Actually, I have two: IOUG and JPOUG. IOUG sessions are so fascinating that I always forget about the time. And JPOUG is the only Japanese-language Oracle user group—and it’s the only place where I can ask any work-related question that comes up.