The Virtues of VersatilityBy Blair Campbell
Three Oracle ACE Directors discuss evolving careers, interests, and technologies.
What would you like to see Oracle, as a company, do more of? As an Oracle partner, we work with a lot of small and midsize organizations, and they can really benefit from service-oriented architecture [SOA] technologies too. I'd like to see more support from Oracle for starting SOA initiatives on a smaller budget and with less staff.
What's your favorite thing to do that doesn't involve work? I'm an avid golferthat's actually partially the reason I'm now involved with Oracle technology. I played in a golf tournament about five years ago with the sales and marketing director of our company, and he got me an interview.
What green practices do you use on the job? My company as a whole values green practices enormously. Our location is quite rural, and we use solar generators and run a block-type thermal power station to save energy.
If you were going to the International Space Station for six months and could only take one Oracle reference book, what would it be? The Oracle SOA Suite Best Practices Guide [available at download.oracle.com/technology/tech/soa/soa_best_practices_1013x_drop3.pdf ]. It's the best source for current information about Oracle SOA tools.
Which new features in Oracle Database technology are you finding most valuable? Oracle Real Application Testingbecause being able to record and play a workload against the database without having to do massive amounts of scripting is so helpful.
In what ways are you using the internet today? The internet gives me a platform for connecting to clients and team members across the globe. Lately I've been doing some work for a U.S.-based client and have been collaborating with team members in the U.S. and Asia. The application is being rolled out around the world, and training is being conducted across the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australiaall remotely over the internet. The issue-tracking and version-control systems are hosted somewhere in the U.S.I don't know where, and thanks to the internet, I don't particularly care.