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DBA Heroes: New E-Book Spotlights Oracle ACEs Who Go Above and Beyond

Information systems are more critical than ever, yet too often the outstanding contributions of the people who create good systems go unrecognized. Now, a new e-book pays tribute to five cloud heroes who, in addition to technological prowess, provide leadership in the face of rapidly evolving technologies.

"While many of these IT pros are too humble to acknowledge their worth, we profiled five professionals to demonstrate their value to their organization—and the industry at large," writes David Baum, the book's author.

The cloud heroes include

  • Kellyn Pot'Vin, Oracle ACE director and senior technical consultant, Enkitec. "Your value comes by simplifying tedious tasks so that you can take on more interesting projects," says Pot'Vin, who works for the global systems integrator Enkitec, which specializes in Oracle platforms. And in an age when Oracle Exadata and other engineered solutions are automating many tasks, Pot'Vin believes DBAs can create value by identifying new ways to tweak and tune both code and database design to optimize performance.
  • Bobby Curtis, Oracle ACE and senior technical consultant, Enkitec. "Adopt the mindset of a business consultant, not just a technologist," says Curtis. In particular, he urges DBAs to consider championing database-as-a-service environments. "This will make DBAs more important to the development cycle and push them to the front-end of many projects."
  • Leighton Nelson, DBA lead, Mercy. "Your value will increase in direct proportion to your knowledge about new products, services, and techniques," says Nelson, whose team supports the enterprise resource planning, patient management, and payroll systems as well as all healthcare IT needs for Mercy, a healthcare system with 32 hospitals and 300 outpatient facilities. In particular, he recommends that DBAs embrace automation and learn as much as they can about Oracle's powerful system management tools.
  • Alex Gorbachev, chief technology officer, Pythian. According to Gorbachev, who leads a 200-member engineering team, the trends toward big data and private clouds are creating a new set of challenges for today's DBAs—and not just a higher volume of data to manage. "IT systems that once supported noncritical business functions are now core to the business," says Gorbachev. "Organizations need an A-Team, not an army of average workers. There is always an advancement path for people who respond to these challenges."
  • Niall Litchfield, Oracle Database engineer in the financial services industry. When asked how the duties of DBAs are evolving, Litchfield points to the steady rise of automation—which can be a liberating experience. But to take full advantage of these enhancements, Litchfield is adamant about the importance of ongoing education. “Understand the technology you are working with. Read the concepts guide. If you don’t understand these basic things, then you will struggle further down the line," says the London-based Litchfield.

Download the Heroes Among Us e-book.

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