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Meet the Oracle WebCenter Team: Christina Kolotouros, Director of Product Management

Oracle WebCenter is at the front lines of business transformation, bringing together leading-edge Web, content, social, and collaboration technologies into a single, integrated portfolio. Given such rich terrain for innovation, Oracle WebCenter has attracted some of the best minds in the industry.

To help readers get to know the Oracle WebCenter team, we turn the spotlight on one of its members in every issue. This month, we talk to MIT graduate Christina Kolotouros. As director of product management, she and her team create in-depth, technical content to help organizations successfully deploy the latest innovations in Oracle WebCenter solutions.

Q. How did you land your role as director of product management for Oracle WebCenter?
A. I went to work for Oracle right after getting my bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at MIT in 1994, back when C++ was the latest, greatest thing. I ended up spending 13 years on the Oracle Business Intelligence team, working mostly in product management, but also ultimately managing curriculum development and documentation. After Oracle Business Intelligence, I moved into Oracle's portal solutions and was responsible for curriculum development. Now that Oracle’s portal solutions are part of Oracle WebCenter, we have a cross-product focus.

My team’s job is to pull apart technical processes so we can guide people through them as clearly as possible. We use lots of visuals and hands-on exercises to ensure that people walk away at the end of the day being able to do their job better.

Q. What is the thing you love most about your job?
A. It’s really great knowing you’re helping people be successful with their projects. I especially like meeting and working with people at the hands-on labs at Oracle OpenWorld. Often there is so much to digest—sometimes in the middle of a session it looks as if participant’s heads might explode—but it is great when you see people leave with a new level of skill and confidence.

I also really like working with my team members, Istvan Kiss and Ellen Gravina. Both of them have a lot of experience as Oracle University instructors and curriculum developers, and really have this stuff in their blood.

Q. Where can we find your team's latest and greatest creations?
A. We’re constantly creating new assets, and one of the cool things about our job is that we don’t have to wait to publish content. As soon as content is ready, we can post it on Oracle Technology Network. Also, be sure to check out Ellen Gravina’s great video series.

Q. What blogger, analyst, or other thought leader do you consider a “must-read” in order to stay on top of your field?
A. I’m a big fan of the Oracle WebCenter “A-Team” (Architecture team) blog. We go pretty deep, but the A-Team people work directly with customers, often onsite, so they go even deeper. They blog their insights, including samples, based on that invaluable experience with Oracle WebCenter customers. I am always learning new things from them.

Q. What do you like to do when you’re not thinking about enterprise hardware and software?
A. I've got a six-year old girl and a three-year-old boy, so that's where most of my time goes, including coaching tee ball. We also love to travel, and that usually means Hawaii or Disneyland at least once a year. And since both my husband and I are of Greek descent, we try to get to Greece as much as possible as well, which we both truly love.

Check out Oracle WebCenter on Oracle Technology Network.

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