Oracle ACE

Oracle ACE Program - FAQ

Updated March 14, 2014

· What is the Oracle ACE Program?
· Who is eligible?
· Who qualifies as an Oracle ACE Associate?
· What are the expectations for an Oracle ACE Associate?
· What are the benefits of being an Oracle ACE Associate?
· What are the benefits of being an Oracle ACE?
· What is the difference between Oracle ACE Associate and Oracle ACE?
· How do I achieve a promotion from an Oracle ACE Associate to an Oracle ACE?
· What expectations does Oracle have of an Oracle ACE?
· What is an Oracle ACE Alumnus?
· How do I make a nomination?
· How do I determine which tier to nominate a candidate?
· Who makes the decision about who becomes an Oracle ACE?
· What is an Oracle ACE Director?
· What are the qualifications for Oracle ACE Director?
· What does an Oracle ACE Director do?
· What does Oracle provide for ACE Directors?
· What commitment is required of an ACE Director?
· Will I be paid as an Oracle ACE Director?
· How can I become an Oracle ACE Director?
· I'm an Oracle ACE and I want to become an Oracle ACE Director. How do I do that?


What is the Oracle ACE Program?

The Oracle ACE Program is designed to recognize and reward members of the Oracle Technology and Applications communities for their contributions to those communities. These individuals are technically proficient (when applicable) and willingly share their knowledge and experiences.

The program is comprised of 3 levels: Oracle ACE Associate, Oracle ACE, and Oracle ACE Director. The "Associate" designation is base level entry into the program for those who are just getting started with their community activities and aspire to contribute at higher levels. "Oracle ACE" recognizes established community contributors for their efforts. The "ACE Director" designation is for community enthusiasts who not only share their knowledge (usually in extraordinary ways), but also want to increase their community advocacy and work more proactively with Oracle to find opportunities for the same.

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Who is eligible?

Candidates should be proficient in their area of expertise and demonstrate their willingness to share their knowledge and experience. Areas of contribution or activity include but are not limited to:

  • Oracle Discussion Forums
  • Content submissions such as technical papers, articles, code samples, utilities
  • Oracle book authorship
  • Oracle-related blogs
  • Oracle event speaker
  • Participation in Oracle programs such as the Customer Reference Program or User Groups
  • Active participation in the Java Community Process (JCP) Program

**Oracle employees are not eligible to participate in the program**

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Who qualifies as an Oracle ACE Associate?

Any individual relatively new to the community who has initiated community contributions (in at least 2 areas) and is actively working on building a credible community profile.

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What are the expectations for an Oracle ACE Associate?

Enthusiasm and commitment to increase their community participation level to reach Oracle ACE status after a 12 month period.

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What are the benefits of being an Oracle ACE Associate?

Benefits include:

  • Recognition and promotion on Oracle Web sites as "Associate" member
  • Profile posted in online Oracle ACE Directory
  • Oracle ACE Associate icon (ace-associate) added to Oracle Discussion Forum profile as well as published article bylines
  • Welcome gift
  • Invitations to participate in Oracle ACE program activities

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What are the benefits of being an Oracle ACE?

Benefits include:

  • Recognition and promotion on Oracle Web sites as an "official" expert
  • Profile posted in online Oracle ACE Directory
  • Oracle ACE icon ( ACE ) added to Oracle Discussion Forum profile as well as published article bylines
  • An Oracle ACE appreciation gift
  • Invitations to participate in Oracle ACE activities

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What is the difference between Oracle ACE Associate and Oracle ACE?

Oracle ACE Associate is the base line entry for anyone who is new to the community and has demonstrated community activism in at least two areas. Oracle ACE has an established and respected community profile in several different areas.

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How do I achieve a promotion from an Oracle ACE Associate to Oracle ACE?

After 12 months of active participation in the program, you must provide evidence of your increased areas of community participation. If you feel you meet the requirements, submit a completed Oracle ACE nomination form to oracle-ace_ww@oracle.com.

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What expectations does Oracle have of an Oracle ACE?

The Oracle ACE designation is given to individuals as recognition of his/her past contributions. Oracle's only future expectation is that the recipient maintains his/her level of community activity.

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What is an Oracle ACE Alumnus?

An annual review will be conducted to determine if program participants are remaining active in the community. If an Oracle ACE ceases his/her community activity for more than a continuous 12 months period, then the program office reserves the right to change the individual's status to "Alumnus" and no further contributions will be expected. Past participants are welcome to re-apply for ACE status via nomination form.


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How do I make a nomination?

Nominations can be made by anyone. The nomination form and instructions can be found here.

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How do I determine which tier to nominate a candidate?

Each tier builds upon the previous one(s). All the requirements in the Oracle ACE Associate level are also required in ACE and ACE Director. It is up to the judgment of the nominator as to which tier to submit the nominee. However, the finial decision on the initiation tier will be made by the Oracle ACE program office, based on candidate's qualifications.

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Who makes the decision about entry into the program?

A nomination committee comprising members of the Oracle ACE Program Office and product management teams review every completed nomination form.

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What is an Oracle ACE Director?

Oracle ACE Directors are individuals who not only meet the requirements of an Oracle ACE (that is, a track record of advocacy), but who can also commit to future participation in an ongoing dialog between Oracle and the people who use Oracle Technology or Applications in the "real world." Most Oracle ACE Directors have also made extraordinary contributions of some kind, whether technical or community-oriented. As with Oracle ACEs, employees are not eligible.

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What are the qualifications for Oracle ACE Director?

Above and beyond those of an Oracle ACE, ACE Director qualifications include:

  • Track record of major contributions to the community, technical and/or community-oriented
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to commit to participation in an honorary (noncompensated) capacity for 12 months

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What does an Oracle ACE Director do?

  • Regularly communicates/interacts with the local community
  • Provides feedback to Oracle including community input
  • Maintains an active Oracle-related blog
  • Presents at conferences/meetings/seminars
  • Regularly posts answers and comments in Oracle Discussion Forums

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What does Oracle provide for ACE Directors?

  • Promotion as an official expert on Oracle Web sites and at Oracle events
  • Annual briefing at Oracle HQ
  • Free software
  • Access to and briefings with the product development/strategy teams
  • "Fast-track" publication of articles and papers on OTN (with compensation)
  • Speaking opportunities at Oracle and/or 3rd party events
  • Private discussion forum for ACE Directors only
  • Oracle ACE icon ( ACE ) added to OTN discussion forum profile as well as OTN bylines
  • Support from the Oracle ACE program office

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What commitment is required of an Oracle ACE Director?

Candidate must commit to the program for a minimum of 12 months. Within that timeframe, the following is expected:

First 3 months:

Expected:
  • Attend at least one Web conference with the product team
  • Introduce self on private Oracle ACE Director discussion forum
  • Subscribe to the appropriate Oracle developer newsletter
Preferred:
  • Launch/maintain Oracle-related blog

First 6 months:

Expected:
  • Attend regular Web conferences with product team
  • Participate/present at a local Oracle event
  • Launch Oracle-related blog
Plus one or more of the following:
  • Present at a non-Oracle event
  • Publish an OTN article/note (compensation provided)

Within 12 months:

Expected:
  • Attend annual Oracle ACE Directors meeting at Oracle OpenWorld
  • Attend most Web conferences with product team
  • Present at local Oracle event(s)
  • Present at non-Oracle event
  • Launch/maintain Oracle-related blog
  • Publish an OTN article/note (compensation provided)

An annual review will be conducted to determine if participants are meeting stated expectations. Oracle reserves the right to remove one's status if expectations are not being met in a 12 months period.

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Will I be paid as an ACE Director?

No. Upon acceptance we ask that you agree to participate in an honorary, non compensated capacity. However, compensation is provided to individuals for published content on OTN, and travel & accommodations for official briefings will be covered by Oracle.

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How can I become an Oracle ACE Director?

Nominations are open to the public but require sponsorship by either community program members and/or Oracle employee. A nomination committee will evaluate the submitted nomination form as well as validate credentials and areas of expertise. Recipients will be selected based on their qualifications. Oracle reserves the right to final judgment on all submitted nominations.

The Oracle ACE Director nomination form and instructions can be found here.

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I'm an Oracle ACE and I want to become an Oracle ACE Director. How do I do that?

You must provide evidence of not only your past community contributions, but also your commitment to participate with Oracle in a 2-way dialog for a 12 month period. If you feel you meet the requirements, submit a completed ACE Director nomination form to Victoria Lira.

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