Oracle ACE

Oracle ACE Program - FAQ

Updated June 15, 2017

General Questions

· What is the Oracle ACE Program?
· Who is eligible?
· How do I make a nomination and can I nominate myself?
· What are types of contributions are considered for acceptance into the Oracle ACE Program?
· Who makes the decision about entry into the program?
· How long is the nomination review period?
· What happens if I don’t have enough contributions to be accepted into the program?
· Who do I contact if I have questions about my submission?

Oracle ACE Program Qualifications and Benefits

· 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?
· Who qualifies as an Oracle ACE?
· 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 Director?
· Who qualifies as an 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; what do I need to do?
· What is an Oracle ACE Alumnus?


General Questions


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. These individuals are technically proficient and willingly share their knowledge and experiences through presentations, blog posts, articles, social media posts, community forum support and more. The Oracle ACE Program award is given for a one year term and past members are Oracle ACE Alumni.

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

  • Forum participation, including community.oracle.com and StackOverflow
  • Content submissions such as technical papers, articles, code samples, utilities
  • Oracle book authorship
  • Oracle-related blogs
  • Speaking at conferences or at online events, including user group events, webinars, and meetups
  • Open Source Projects on GitHub
  • User Group and/or Meet-Up leadership
  • Participation in Oracle programs such as the Customer Reference Program

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

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How do I make a nomination and can I nominate myself?

The online nomination app and instructions can be found here.

You can nominate yourself for consideration for all levels of the Oracle ACE Program. Oracle ACE Director nominees must have an Oracle product manager reference plus at least 2 references from Oracle employees and/or Oracle ACE Directors in good standing.

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What are the types of contributions considered for acceptance into the Oracle ACE Program?

Contributions include but are not limited to:

  • Blogging
  • Live conference and offline presentations, including Oracle User Group conferences, webcasts, and webinars
  • Articles
  • User group volunteer positions
  • Social media links
  • Books
  • Podcasts
  • Forum participation (community.oracle.com, GitHub, etc.)

When entering a nomination, please be sure to include as much information with relevant links as possible.

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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 review nominations.

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How long is the nomination review period?

The nomination review period takes approximately 4-12 weeks. We will notify the nominator via email as soon as the nomination review has been completed; please do not contact us for a status update.

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What happens if I don’t have enough contributions to be accepted into the program?

The Oracle ACE Program office will email you with suggestions on what contributions are needed to become a stronger candidate for the program. You can submit a new nomination 9 months after your nomination decline decision.

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Who do I contact if I have questions about my submission?

For questions about your submission or the Oracle ACE Program, please email oracle-ace_ww@oracle.com. We will notify the nominator via email as soon as the nomination review has been completed; please do not contact us for a status update.

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Oracle ACE Program Qualifications and Benefits

Below is a brief outline of Oracle ACE levels. Please see Get Nominated for more details. Oracle employees are not eligible to be nominated.


Who qualifies as an Oracle ACE Associate?

Any individual contributing in the community for two years or less who has initiated contributions (in at least two 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 Program Directory
  • Oracle ACE Associate icon (ace-associate) added to Oracle Discussion Forum profile as well as published article bylines
  • An Oracle ACE Program welcome gift
  • Invitations to participate in Oracle ACE Program activities

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Who qualifies as an Oracle ACE?

Any individual contributing in the community for two or more years who has strong contributions (in at least two areas) and has a credible community profile.

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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 Program 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 entry point for anyone who is new to contributing in the community and has demonstrated activism in at least two areas. An 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, an Oracle ACE Associate can apply for a promotion to Oracle ACE. If you feel you meet the requirements, email the Oracle ACE program to request a review at oracle-ace_ww@oracle.com.

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What expectations does Oracle have of an Oracle ACE?

The Oracle ACE award is given to individuals for a one-year period as recognition of his/her past community contributions. Once in the program, a member can continue to receive the Oracle ACE award on a yearly basis based on a review each year in June for the previous twelve months of activity. Oracle's expectation is that the recipient maintains his/her level of community activity to retain Oracle ACE status.

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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.

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Who qualifies as an Oracle ACE Director?

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

  • Track record of major contributions to the community, technical and/or community-oriented
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Reputation in the community as a thought leader in their area of expertise
  • Ability to commit to participation in an honorary (non-compensated) capacity for 12 months

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What does an Oracle ACE Director do?

  • Regularly communicates and interacts with the local community
  • Provides feedback to Oracle
  • Maintains an active Oracle-related blog
  • Presents at conferences and community meet-ups
  • 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
  • Profile posted in online Oracle ACE Program Directory
  • Quarterly briefings with Oracle product management
  • 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 Oracle ACE Directors only
  • Oracle ACE Director 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 12 month period. 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
  • Provide feedback to Oracle product management on a regular basis throughout the year
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 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 the Oracle ACE Director will receive the award for a consecutive year.

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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 will be provided by Oracle for Oracle ACE Directors delivering eligible presentations at conferences.

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How can I become an Oracle ACE Director?

Nominations are open to the public but require sponsorship by an Oracle Product Manager plus either Oracle ACE Directors and/or Oracle employees. A nomination committee will evaluate the submitted nomination 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.

If you meet the above criteria, select Oracle ACE Director on the online app.

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I'm an Oracle ACE and I want to become an Oracle ACE Director; what do I need to do?

If you feel you are viewed as a thought leader in the Oracle community and you meet the requirements, select Oracle ACE Director on the nomination app and note that you will need to include an Oracle Product Manager reference.

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What is an Oracle ACE Alumnus?

An alumnus is a past Oracle ACE Program member.

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