Bullhorns and Soapboxes: Oracle ACE 2.0
By oracletechnet on Jul 23, 2007
The consolidation of Oracle's two formal evangelist programs, Oracle ACE and Oracle Fusion Middleware Regional Director (into a pumped-up, two-tiered Oracle ACE Program) was noted with astonishing speed in the blogosphere, notably by ACEs Tim Hall and Eddie Awad.
This is good news for a number of reasons, but most important, it allows anyone with a track record of Oracle technical community involvement/outreach to get formal support from Oracle for their activities. PHP developer working on Oracle Database XE? Check. Java developer evangelizing rich client interfaces built on ADF/JSF? Check. Database performance expert who eats database statistics for breakfast? Check. You can become an Oracle ACE or ACE Director, with all the attendant benefits.
When I say "formal support from Oracle," I mean that we will consider it our job to create a relationship between you and new audiences, whether via publishing, blogging, speaking/presenting, or teaching. In other words, we will provide the "bullhorn and soapbox" you need to be even more effective in community outreach/education than you already are, and to reach people you otherwise would never have met.
We are so proud of the fact that we have been able to bring people like Daniel Uehara, Jason Jones, and Harshad Oak to the attention of wider audiences, as well as that we can officially recognize longtime community advocates like Howard Rogers and Jonathan Lewis for their efforts.
Oh, and BTW, the Oracle Apex-based Oracle ACE directory is really cool. Thanks, Sharon Kennedy & team!