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The only thing that remains constant is change. ~Heralitus
This often is more apparent in technology than anywhere else. Even with a group of Oracle evangelists and enthusiasts like the ACE program, which offers the opportunity for peers to recognize those that contribute to the community and help make it a better place.
I’ve [often quietly] assisted many around me to find their path into the ACE program, even when I was an employee at Oracle and even now that I have ACE alumni status. It was once a rare thing to have this status, but I was also considered an oddity, after spending a couple years learning all that I could about Enterprise Manager, moved on to Delphix to undergo my next opportunity for growth. I departed Oracle at a time the ACE program was going through a major overhaul, with new requirements and rules to being part of the program.
For some in the Oracle community, it simply doesn’t make sense for them to be part of the program any longer, but it can also make it easy for those of the “reality TV” generation to try to find drama and gossip in it all. Being nominated to the ACE program is something to be proud of- you’re peers have reached out to recognize your contributions. As rules were changed and re-evaluated while I was traversing the questions about how I would re-enter the ACE Program. I received a large amount of emails of support, but at the same time, recommendations that it would be best to just stay the course and do what I do best, so I’ve made the decision, like many others, not to pursue re-activating my ACE Director. At this time, 155 out of almost 700 members in the directory are listed as having alumnus status, so I’m suddenly far from alone.
There are many reasons individuals in the Oracle community would wish to still pursue the ACE program and I will continue to support anyone who wishes assistance with this goal. I also recognized how difficult the decision was for those that left the program and believe the earned recognition should continue. Just as The ACE program recognizes them as ACE Alumni in the ACE Program registry, RMOUG Training Days has updated the speaker biography with an option to be listed as an ACE Alumni.
I look forward to seeing everyone in February and Happy Holidays!