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So after over two years at Oracle, I’m moving on. Yes, for those of you who haven’t seen the tweets and the posts, you heard right.
OK, everyone- cleansing breath.
I worked with great people and did some awesome things in the community, blogged everything Enterprise Manager and talked over 1/2 the Oracle community into buying and doing projects with Raspberry Pi while I was at it!
Many folks thought I was a product manager or a technical consultant, but my title was Consulting Member for the Technical Staff with the Strategic Customer Program with the Enterprise Manager and Oracle Management Cloud Group. I know I was part of a select group at Oracle, but I believe the opportunity to work at Oracle was an important step in my career and I’d recommend it to anyone for the experience it provides.
There is a huge difference working for Oracle vs. being in the Oracle community, even as an Oracle ACE Director. I was utterly amazed being part of the Oracle machine. One of the most amazing experiences was observing how releases came together. It was a complete different experience as an employee vs. a customer. Being part of a massive undertaking such as a product release, impressively building out software to be released to its customer base is pretty astounding. Understanding how and what it takes to move the machine and once it gets moving, how pertinent it is for anyone in its way to get out of the way is important to understanding how a successful product is created.
I learned a lot in just over two years and I have to admit- many of the negatives that people said would be present at Oracle, I just didn’t experience. I had great mentors and contacts inside of Oracle. It’s easy to assimilate into a big company environment when you have people like Pete Sharman, Tyler Muth, Mary Melgaard and other’s looking out for you. I’ll be sad to leave all the great people that I worked with at Oracle, too- Steve, Courtney, Scott, Werner, Andrew, Joe, Pramod and Will. At the same time, I look forward to opportunities to learn new skills with the awesome folks that have so readily embraced my quirky self at my new company. I learned a great deal in my two years at Oracle and this is knowledge that I’m able to take with me as I move forward to my new adventure.
With that said, I’ve been offered an incredible opportunity to stretch my legs a bit and try something new and I am excited to move onto this new challenge. I’ll still be speaking at conferences, but also will direct technology in a a way that should be very constructive to my technical style.
There has been a lot of rumors to where I’m off to. Some of you have guessed correctly on where I’m going, but I know none of you guessed what I’ll be doing. I will be focusing more on my multi-platform skills, so for those of you that thought I would be leaving all those years of experience in database and OS platforms, it’s going to be just the opposite.
I’m very excited to announce that, as of Monday, June 13th, I’m the new Technical Intelligence Manager at Delphix.
Buckle up, Baby! This is going to be good.