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Oracle Independent Users Group Announces Award Winners

The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) recognized three outstanding members of the Oracle community at its COLLABORATE 14 conference, which took place in Las Vegas earlier this month.

Chris Wooldridge Award: Craig Shallahamer
Before his tragic passing, former Oracle employee Chris Wooldridge epitomized what it meant to be a volunteer in a community he cherished. Chris was very active in the IOUG for many years, having held a number of volunteer positions, including Director of Conferences on the IOUG Board of Directors. Chris was well-known, admired, and well-connected. The IOUG honors his legacy with the Chris Wooldridge Award, recognizing outstanding volunteer service to IOUG.

This year's recipient of the Chris Wooldridge Award is long-time volunteer to the IOUG community Craig Shallahamer. Craig has served on multiple COLLABORATE conference committees and has shared his expertise as a volunteer speaker at countless IOUG events.

An Oracle Database administrator since 1989, Shallahamer specializes in performance optimization. He is also an Oracle ACE Director, performance researcher, blogger, consultant, and author of two books. An enthusiastic conference speaker, he has served as a passionate teacher to thousands of Oracle professionals. Currently Shallahamer serves as founder and president of OraPub.

SELECT Journal Editor's Choice Award: Jim Czuprynski
The highest-rated IOUG member benefit is access to the IOUG SELECT journal, a quarterly technical publication that provides in-depth articles from recognized authorities using Oracle technology. SELECT articles help members solve business challenges through the use of Oracle and related products. Its technical articles, tips and techniques, and user case studies articulate solutions for existing challenges and provide valuable insight into current or future product features and direction.

The SELECT Journal Editor's Choice Award recognizes excellence among the contributors of technical articles to the IOUG SELECT journal. This year's winner, Jim Czuprynski, was selected for "Tighter Than Ever: New Security Features in Oracle Database 12c Release 1"—part of his series of articles focused on Oracle Database 12c technology.

Czuprynski has more than 30 years of experience in information technology. He teaches the core Oracle University database administration courses on behalf of Oracle and its education partners throughout the United States and Canada. Czuprynski continues to write a steady stream of articles about Oracle Database administration.

Ken Jacobs Award: Graham Wood
This award recognizes an Oracle employee for outstanding dedication and service to the user group community on behalf of Oracle. Originally called the Oracle Contribution Award, it was renamed in honor of Ken Jacobs upon his departure from Oracle after his long-term service as liaison to the Board of Directors. This award acknowledges individuals who, like Ken, have positively affected the success of IOUG through support of the organization.

This year's winner, Graham Wood, is an architect in the database development group at Oracle. He has spent most of his more than 25 years at Oracle in performance-related areas, including designing and tuning large, high-performance systems; building monitoring tools; and architecting performance and scalability features into Oracle Database. Graham regularly joins peers Andrew Holdsworth and Tom Kyte for Real-World Performance Tour engagements.

Wood has presented at many conferences around the world and has been a dedicated speaker to the IOUG community for many years on topics of Oracle performance and making effective use of Oracle products.

We applaud these individuals for giving back to the Oracle user group community. Their stories, as well as many others, inspire and uplift.

Find out more about the IOUG Awards.

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