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Oracle Ace Ahmed Aboulnaga, Technical Director, Raastech
Ahmed Aboulnaga is an Oracle ACE whose professional focus is in technical management, architecture, and consulting within the Oracle Fusion Middleware stack. Ahmed has implemented enterprise solutions for commercial, government and international customers throughout the years, leveraging technologies such as WebLogic Server, SOA Suite, AIA, OSB, BAM, B2B, OEM, and more. Ahmed is an OCE (Oracle SOA Architect) and OCA (Oracle Application Server) and has presented at OpenWorld, Collaborate, UKOUG, DOAG, GLOC, MOUS, WMOUG, and various other Oracle users groups in the past. He is currently president of the WMOUG.
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Ocie Anderson, Director of Consulting Services, Navigator Management Partners
Ocie Anderson is a Director of Consulting Services for Navigator Management Partners, a management and information technology consultancy. He is a supply chain and ERP implementation professional, with over 15 years of experience implementing JD Edwards and Oracle Value Chain Planning with firms such as Deloitte, IBM, and Arthur Anderson. While at Deloitte, he and his team won the Oracle North American Titan Award for Consumer and Retail Industry Solution. Prior to consulting, Ocie worked for General Motors as an Industrial Engineer. He is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelor's and Purdue University with a master's, both in industrial engineering. Ocie is an expansive thinker with an outstanding record of delivering innovative business solutions and facilitating complex system implementations through the integration of business process and technology.
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Oracle Ace Rene Antunez, Pythian
Rene Antunez is an Oracle ACE; a speaker at Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle Developers Day, OTN Tour Latin America and APAC region, and IOUG Collaborate; Co-President of ORAMEX (Mexico Oracle User Group); Web Events Chair for IOUG Cloud Computing Special Interest Group (SIG); and International Chair for RAC Special Interest Group (SIG). Current he is a DBA Team Lead at Pythian. Rene is a movie fanatic and music Lover who brings the best from México (Mexihtli) to the rest of the world and in the process photographs it.
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Oracle Ace Erik Benner, Enterprise Architect, Mythics
Erik Benner is an Oracle ACE, author, and Enterprise Architect. He has worked with Oracle and Sun Systems since the mid-90s and is experienced with most of the core Oracle technologies. Erik leverages his experience with all of Oracle's Engineered Systems to provide holistic designs that combine database, middleware, and virtualization technologies. Erik has a broad and deep understanding of Oracle Infrastructure technology and how the Oracle database and middleware systems run best with an Oracle-on-Oracle solution. When not flying to the far points of the country from the Atlanta metro area, he enjoys spending time with his family at their observatory, where the telescopes outnumber the people. For more information, follow Erik's blog at http://TalesFromTheDatacenter.com or on Twitter @erik_benner.
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Shane Borden, Infrastructure Principal, Accenture Enkitec Group
Shane Borden is an experienced technology consulting professional with a successful career in leading highly visible complex data architecture design, production support tasks, and data center migrations across multiple reference architectures. He is also a two-time presenter at Oracle OpenWorld on the topics of Scalable XML Processing Using XMLDB and Data Center Consolidation and Standardization Using Oracle RAC. In his free time, he enjoys travel and piloting general aviation aircraft. Technology focus areas: Oracle 11g and 12c Oracle RAC, Oracle Exadata, Oracle GoldenGate, SQL Server, Sybase 12.5, Sybase Replication Server, and Java EE Applications. Awards: FedEx Five Star Winner for Pricing Systems Modernization; FedEx Hall of Fame for Database as a Service and Enterprise Collaboration Tools.
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Eric Bushman, Vice President, Solutions Engineering, Paymetric
Eric Bushman is Vice President, Solutions Engineering with Paymetric and has been working with the company since it was founded in 1998. Eric has worked with Enterprise Solutions including SAP, hybris, and Oracle, and assisted with the first customer installation of payment card processing in 1997 for SAP. He has since assisted over 500 additional Enterprise customers in implementing this functionality in many different products. Eric has authored numerous articles on the topic of payment card processing and security, and is an active contributor on the topic in various online SAP and other ERP discussion forums. In addition to making presentations on various payment-card-related topics at several ASUG annual conventions, Eric also presents frequent webinars for Paymetric discussing payment card processing and data security in the Enterprise.
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Mike Chafin, Principal Member of Technical Staff, Oracle Corporation
Mike Chafin is a member of the Maximum Availability Architecture (MAA) Manageability Team at Oracle, focusing on Oracle Enterprise Manager MAA solutions and manageability of Oracle Engineered Systems. Mike has 19 years of experience as a database-focused software engineer, database administrator, and technical lead.
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Oracle Ace Associate Patrick Cimolini, Senior APEX Consultant, Insum Solutions
Patrick Cimolini specializes in project management, development, and training services for Oracle Application Express (APEX) projects. Formal training in engineering, business administration, and project management is complemented by over thirty years of experience that has evolved through mainframe, client/server, and web platforms. Patrick enjoys attending and presenting at Oracle centric conferences such as Kscope, Collaborate, APEXposed, and Oracle Open World; all of which have contributed significantly to his professional and personal growth. Patrick has co-authored two APEX books and is currently working at Insum Solutions Inc. in Montréal, Québec, Canada.
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Oracle Ace Director Jim Czuprynski, Strategic Solutions Architect, OnX Enterprise Solutions
Jim Czuprynski has over 30 years of professional experience in his career in information technology, serving diverse roles at several Fortune 1000 companies before becoming an Oracle DBA in 2001. He was awarded the status of Oracle ACE Director in March 2014 and is a sought-after public speaker on Oracle Database technology features, presenting topics at Oracle OpenWorld, IOUG's COLLABORATE, Hotsos Symposium, Oracle Technology Network ACE Tours, and Oracle user group conferences around the world. As of August 2015, Jim has joined OnX Enterprise Solutions as their Strategic Solutions Architect, focusing on Oracle Database technology, especially Oracle Database 12c, as well as Oracle's Enterprise Systems, especially Exadata, SPARC SuperCluster, Oracle Database Appliance, and ZS3/4. Jim has authored over 100 articles focused on facets of Oracle Database administration to his credit since 2003 at databasejournal.com and ioug.org. Jim's blog, Generally ... It Depends (http://jimczuprynski.wordpress.com), contains his regular observations on all things Oracle. His first book, "Oracle Database Upgrade, Migration and Transformation Tips & Techniques," was published in June 2015 through Oracle Press.
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Werner De Gruyter, Architect, Oracle Corporation
Werner De Gruyter is a veteran Oracle Corporation employee who began working with Enterprise Manager 1.0 in 1996. He currently works as part of the Strategic Customer Program, created to help people design, architect, and implement Enterprise Manager as part of the monitoring and administration solution.
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Oracle Ace Associate Harold Dost, Principal Consultant, Raastech
Harold Dost III has extensive experience designing, developing, and architecting integration and service-oriented applications leveraging various Oracle Fusion Middleware technologies that include SOA Suite, AIA, BAM, OSB, OWSM, and OAG. Harold is an Oracle ACE Associate and an OCE (Oracle SOA Foundation Practitioner). He has presented at Oracle OpenWorld and various users groups such as Collaborate, UKOUG, MOUS, and WMOUG.
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Oracle Ace Director Gustavo Gonzalez, CTO, IT Convergence
Since 2006, Gustavo Gonzalez has held multiple positions at IT Convergence locations globally. Currently as CTO, he has led major internal initiatives and served as part of the executive committee in multiple projects for external customers. Gustavo became an Oracle ACE Director in November 2012 due to his strong credentials as an Oracle community enthusiast and advocate. He is co-author of the book "Oracle E-Business Suite Financials Handbook, Third Edition" published by McGraw-Hill and Oracle Press.
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Jeremy Harms, Director of Business Intelligence, EmeraldCube Solutions
Jeremy Harms is the Director of Business Intelligence at EmeraldCube Solutions in Atlanta, Georgia. He has worked as an architect and consultant specifically with the Oracle BI product set for the past eight years, with over 12 years of experience in the tech industry. Jeremy is a graduate of the University of Florida in computer and information sciences and loves to give data analytics talks on his favorite data set in the world: college football stats. Jeremy has also founded and helps lead The Vine City Code Crew, an initiative to inspire youth in under-resourced communities in Atlanta in STE(A)M education and concepts, teaching them the fun of learning to code.
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Frank Hasbani, CEO, Anova Analytics LLC
Frank Hasbani is Co-Founder of Anova Analytics, leading a team of data scientists. He has significant experience delivering data-driven decision support to Fortune 100 companies. Frank is a results-driven, highly skilled visionary in data mining technology and a leader with a strong reputation for integrity, innovation, empowerment, and collaboration with teams and clients. He has proven capabilities in predictive and prescriptive analytics, Business Intelligence, web analytics, program execution and delivery, financial, compliance, banking, telco, digital media, industrial, and logistical sectors. Frank is focused on improving business performance by leveraging data science and analytic processes, and he is committed to building decision support and value realization to deliver successful execution of strategic and tactical initiatives.
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Oracle Ace Director Heli Helskyaho, CEO, Miracle Finland Oy
Heli Helskyaho holds a master's degree in computer science from Helsinki University and is working on her doctoral studies at the moment. Heli specializes in databases. Heli is also an Oracle ACE Director and a frequent speaker in many conferences. She has been working on IT since 1990 and with Oracle products since 1993. She has been in several positions, but every role has always included database design. Heli has been an Oracle Designer user since 1996 and a Data Modeler user since 2010. She believes good database design and good documentation reduce performance problems and make solving them easier. Heli is the author of "Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler for Database Design Mastery" (Oracle Press 2015) and one of the first winners of an Oracle Database Developer Choice Award, or Devvy, in the Database Design category in 2015. She is the CEO for Miracle Finland Oy.
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Mohamed Himedan, Red Pill Analytics
Mohamed Himedan has been delivering Oracle BI solutions to customers across many industries, including many Atlanta-based ones, for the past 5+ years. His areas of focus are BI lifecycle management and visualization optimization. He currently heads products at Red Pill Analytics (RedPillAnalytics.com), where he manages Checkmate development and implementation. Mohamed’s mission is to bring full source control, true multi-user and multi-workstream development, release build, unit testing, and migration automation to OBIEE.
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Moiz Kaka, Solution Specialist, Polaris Associates
Moiz Kaka is a Reporting Solutions Specialist at Polaris Associates. He has presented papers at numerous domestic and global Oracle conferences on strategies to achieve better results through efficient reporting. Polaris Associates offers an Operational Reporting solution for Oracle E-Business Suite called Reporting Workbench (www.polarisassociates.com) and an application agnostic management reporting solution called ORBIT Analytics (www.orbitanalytics.com).
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Rajesh Lathwal, Delivery Lead Oracle Practice, Continuserve
Rajesh Lathwal has over 11 years of experience in database management, administration, architecture, consolidation, troubleshooting, backup and recovery, and tuning of Oracle 12c, Oracle 11g, Oracle 10g, IBM DB2, SQL Server 2012, SQL Server 2008, and older versions.
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Courtney Llamas, Oracle Corporation
Courtney Llamas started her career as an Oracle DBA and ended up managing one of the largest Oracle Enterprise Manager environments used for critical monitoring and management of more than 3,000 databases. She is now sharing her experience and knowledge with customers as part of the Strategic Customer Program team for Oracle Enterprise Manager. As part of the Strategic Customer Program team, she works with customers on implementations to help them follow best practices and take advantage of all that EM has to offer. Using her work with customers and operations experience, she also contributes to the documented best practices, white papers, blogs, conferences, and webcasts for EM.
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Oracle Ace Director Daniel Morgan, Oracle ACE Director, Forsythe Meta7
Oracle ACE Director Daniel Morgan has more than 25 years of experience working with Oracle products. Daniel wrote the Oracle curriculum for the University of Washington, was the program's primary instructor for 10 years, and is the Morgan behind the MorgansLibrary.org website. Daniel, Principal Advisor at Forsythe Meta7, began his IT career in the early 1970s with Fortran IV on mainframes, spent more than a decade writing COBOL, and moved into relational databases in the 1980s, focusing primarily on the Oracle database. He brings to each engagement a wide range of industry experience, including high technology companies and ecommerce, telecommunications, finance, aerospace, biomedical, hospitality, retail, energy, manufacturing and distribution, travel and entertainment, and public sector. In addition to his work at the University of Washington, Daniel's academic credentials include teaching Oracle at Harvard University, guest lecturing at the University of Oslo (Norway) and University of Canterbury (New Zealand), and serving as an advisor to the outreach program at the University of California, Berkeley. Daniel's core competency is core database. He began his Oracle career coding SQL and PL/SQL, after almost a decade moved into the development and operations DBA role, and over the years expanded his focus to include servers, storage, networking, and their relationship to both stable architecture and Root Cause Analysis. Daniel has worked and lectured in North America, Latin America, EMEA, and APAC.
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Andy Rocha, Consulting Manager, Rittman Mead Consulting
Andy Rocha is the Consulting Manager for Rittman Mead America, a leading consultancy focused on delivering Oracle Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence technology solutions. Specializing in Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) 11g, Andy, an Oracle Certified Implementation Specialist, provides expert services, training, and project delivery and management for clients worldwide. In his work as a consultant, and now managing Rittman Mead's consulting team in the US, Andy has completed various OBIEE implementation projects, sharing his business intelligence knowledge along the way on the Rittman Mead blog. He is also one of the lead instructors for the Rittman Mead OBIEE Bootcamp in America as well as a regular presenter in industry conferences. Andy received the Best Speaker Award for Rittman Mead's BI Forum in Atlanta in 2015.
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Oracle Ace Director Craig Shallahamer, Founder/President, OraPub
Craig Shallahamer is a longtime Oracle DBA (1989) who specializes in Oracle Database performance. He is also an Oracle ACE Director, performance researcher and blogger, consultant, author of two books ("Oracle Performance Firefighting" and "Forecasting Oracle Performance"), an enthusiastic conference speaker, and a passionate teacher to thousands of Oracle professionals. He is the founder and president of OraPub and creator of the performance analysis tool Stori, and he clearly pushes the teaching envelope with his online seminars. His blog, A Wider View, is where to find his most recent public performance research. He can be contacted at craig@orapub.com, @CShallahamer, and LinkedIn.
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Fernando Somoza, Director, TSYS
Fernando Somoza is currently a Director at TSYS (Total Systems) and has been there for over 10 years as a member of the Database Support Team. The company is involved in various stages: development, deployment, data conversions, and production support.
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Oracle Ace Director Scott Spendolini, Sumner Technologies
Scott Spendolini is a Principal at Sumner Technologies, a world-class Oracle services, education, and solutions firm. Throughout his professional career, he has assisted a number of clients from various verticals with their Oracle APEX development and training needs. Scott is a longtime and regular presenter at many Oracle-related conferences, including Oracle OpenWorld, Kscope, and RMOUG. His presentation at Kscope14 - APEX Security Primer - was selected as one of the top presentations at the conference. He is a recipient of the Oracle ACE Director designation, author of "Expert Oracle Application Express Security," and co-author of "Pro Oracle Application Express." Spendolini is also an Oracle Certified Oracle Application Express Developer. Prior to reigniting Sumner Technologies in 2015, Scott was an APEX Practice Director at Accenture and Enkitec from June 2012 to April 2015. Before joining Enkitec as part of an acquisition, he co-founded and ran Sumneva and Sumner Technologies from 2005 through 2012, which focused on Oracle APEX services, education, and solutions. Scott started his professional career at Oracle Corporation, where he worked with Oracle E-Business Suite for almost seven years and was a Senior Product Manager for Oracle APEX for just over three years. He holds a dual bachelor's degree from Syracuse University in management information systems and telecommunications management, and currently resides in Ashburn, Virginia, with his wife and two children.
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Paul Steffen, Manager, Specialized Services, Hitachi Consulting
Paul Steffen is an Oracle Certified Professional with over 14 years of information technology experience. His client list includes Fortune 500 companies across industrial, financial services, and high-technology industries. Major responsibilities include assuring database operations and providing technical support for Oracle E-Business Suite and other Oracle products. Project management, supervisory, and leadership experience, and training in business administration and quality program processes enhance these qualifications.
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