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Erik Benner, Mythics and Charles Kim, Viscosity North America
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. Charles Kim is an Oracle ACE Director, VMware vExpert, Oracle Certified DBA, Certified Exadata Specialist, and Certified RAC Expert. Charles specializes in RAC and Virtualization, and he has authored nine books. Charles holds certifications in Oracle, VMware, Red Hat Linux, and Microsoft and has over 25 years of Oracle experience on mission- and business-critical databases. Charles presents regularly at local, regional, national, and international Oracle conferences, including IOUG Collaborate, VMware World, and Oracle OpenWorld on topics of RAC, Exadata, Database as a Service, Database Consolidations, Private Database Cloud, ASM, Linux Best Practices, Data Guard Best Practices, Performance Tuning, VMware Virtualization Best Practices, Oracle Database Virtualization, and 7×24 High Availability Considerations. Charles is the Technical Editor of Automatic Storage Management by Oracle Press and blogs regularly at http://blog.dbaexpert.com.
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Oracle Ace Associate Maaz Anjum, Principal Sales Consultant, Oracle Corporation
Maaz Anjum is a Principal Sales Consultant with the IT Operations & Management practice at Oracle Corporation. His primary focus is on Oracle Enterprise Manager and Oracle Management Cloud, but at a broader scale it is to understand customer challenges and create solutions to address those requirements – whether the focus is on on-premise or public cloud. Maaz has spent over 10 years in the IT industry and possesses a deep technical and industry-specific knowledge of many core Oracle technologies. Having held roles in IT operations, consulting, and solution and enterprise architecture across several different platforms and industries, his experience is leveraged in customer solutions and interactions. Maaz is a lucky husband to a loving wife, the father of two adorable girls, an avid amateur photographer, a food addict, and interested in all topics in technology.
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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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Oracle Ace Danny Bryant, Infrastructure Principal, Accenture Enkitec Group
Oracle ACE Danny Bryant resides with his family in Atlanta, Georgia, where he received his BS in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is currently an Infrastructure Principal at Accenture Enkitec Group. Danny is a 12-year veteran of public sector IT. He serves on the Board of Directors for both ODTUG and GaOUG. He has served on the Board of Directors for Atlanta FreeNet, a nonprofit organization working to provide free wireless Internet access to the City of Atlanta, and is a lifetime member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). He was also an adjunct instructor with Oracle Academy, teaching SQL and data modeling throughout the US and Europe. In his free time, he SCUBA dives and trains in the martial arts of Jeet Kune Do and Capoeira with his son.
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Oracle Ace Director Stewart Bryson, Owner and Co-Founder, Red Pill Analytics
Stewart Bryson is the owner and co-founder of Red Pill Analytics and has been designing and implementing BI systems since 1996. He is an Oracle ACE Director, an internationally recognized writer and speaker in the Oracle community, and co-host for the video podcast Real Time BI with Kevin & Stewart. He founded Transcendent Data in 2004 to build a consulting practice around his considerable knowledge of best practices and Oracle BI and DW products. In 2008, he joined Rittman Mead Consulting as the US CEO and later as the global Chief Innovation Officer. In 2014, along with Kevin McGinley, Stewart founded Red Pill Analytics with the desire to affect a paradigm shift in Oracle BI and DW delivery.
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Oracle Ace Gary Crisci, EPM Principal Technologist, General Electric
Gary Crisci is an Oracle ACE with 20 years of finance and IT experience, specializing in Oracle Hyperion Solutions software. Gary is a noted expert in the Oracle Essbase field. He has spoken at Oracle OpenWorld, numerous Kscope conferences, and local user group meetings; he is also a co-author of Developing Essbase Applications. During his career, Gary has held various positions as a consultant and industry professional working for top-tier companies such as Siemens, Morgan Stanley, and General Electric. He is the former president of the ODTUG Hyperion SIG, and is now a member of the ODTUG BOD. Gary has an MBA in information systems. His current role is EPM Principal Technologist for General Electric Corporation in Fairfield, Connecticut.
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Bobby Curtis, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle
Bobby Curtis is an Infrastructure Principal, Oracle ACE Director, and published author with Accenture Enkitec Group, serves on various Oracle user group boards, and speaks regularly at conferences. He specializes in creating, maintaining, tuning, and integrating enterprise databases to help solve business problems. Bobby hosts a blog, http://dbasolved.com, which is respected as a source of information for solving complex issues related to Oracle technologies. Along with his blog, Bobby is active on Twitter under the handle @DBASolved. During his down time, Bobby enjoys spending time with his family while traveling to watch his children compete in their respective sports. Outside of work, he is a geek either writing the next chapters of an upcoming book or looking for technical solutions to solve.
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Oracle Ace Director Jim Czuprynski, Strategic Solutions Architect, OnX Enterprise Solutions
Jim Czuprynski has 35+ 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 Collaborate, Hotsos Symposium, Oracle Technology Network ACE Tours, and Oracle user group conferences around the world. Jim joined OnX Enterprise Solutions in 2015 as 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 since 2003 at databasejournal.com and ioug.org. He has also co-authored two books on Oracle database technology. Jim’s blog, Generally … It Depends (http://jimczuprynski.wordpress.com), contains his regular observations on all things Oracle.
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John Faucher, Vice President - Client Experience, EiS Technologies
John Faucher is a consultant, cloud advocate, author, presenter, and trusted adviser to multiple Oracle clients. He has worked in all aspects of the Oracle applications implementation cycle from acquisition to support. John started working with Oracle as a customer in 1989 (version 6 of the DB and MPL 8 of the apps). He worked for Coopers & Lybrand implementing Oracle solutions and then worked at Oracle Corporation for eight years in progressive leadership and P&L roles. He helped run a medium-sized consulting services firm as partner. John's current focus is on solution-based sales with a consultative approach. His specialties are cloud adoption strategy, project management, sales, thought leader, trusted adviser, business development, and leadership.
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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 BI, EmeraldCube Solutions
Jeremy Harms is Director of Business Intelligence at EmeraldCube Solutions in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been working with Oracle BI technology since 2008 and in technology since 2004. He has a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Florida.
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Oracle Ace Director Eric Helmer
Oracle ACE Director Eric Helmer has extensive experience managing large, complex corporate Hyperion/Oracle EPM IT implementations and projects. In the past 12 years, Eric has specialized in delivering successful corporate integrated Oracle EPM and Business Intelligence IT projects throughout the US, England, Ireland, India, UAE, Singapore, and Thailand. Currently, Eric is the Vice President of Application Services, Cloud Hosting, and Managed Services at Mercury Technology Group. He has provided technical IT services for many of Fortune 500 companies in every aspect of Oracle EPM implementations, including global architecture/design, installation/configuration, backup/recovery, high availability, and customized IT educational services. He has been involved in leading most of Oracle’s largest EPM implementations in its history. Eric leads an extensive global managed cloud group specializing in Oracle Business Analytics server hosting, administration, maintenance, and rapid response on-demand help-desk services. The Oracle Corporation awarded Eric the title of Oracle ACE Director in 2009, and he has been spotlighted in Oracle Magazine, Oracle Profit Magazine, and Oracle Technology Network. He is a long-standing champion and volunteer for Oracle user groups and has served on boards for OAUG, Hyperion Special Interest Group, and the ODTUG Hyperion SIG. Eric is the creator of the popular EPM IT Blog The I.T. Side at http://TheITSide.net.
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Oracle Ace Associate Maxym Kharchenko, Developer, Gluent
Maxym Kharchenko is a software developer at Gluent, focusing on bringing relational and "big data" worlds close together. He holds a unique perspective on databases as he's seen them both as a developer, working on database kernels and tools, as well as a DBA managing multi-terabyte production databases. Maxym lives in lovely Issaquah, Washington and spends most of his time tinkering with database engines, hiking and skiing. He is a frequent speaker at local and international database conferences and is also an (alumni) Oracle OCM, ACE Associate, and a proud (former) vice president of Suncoast Oracle Users Group.
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Chris Lawless, Vice President, Dbvisit Software
Chris Lawless is a passionate VP Product Manager with 12 years experience in the replication space. His past experience in training DBAs and working in support has taught him the value of customer interaction. Chris likes working with customers to ensure their business needs are being met with technical tools and requirements. Chris loves to read, hike, and canoe.
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Oracle Ace Robert Lockard, oraclewizard
Robert Lockard is a professional Oracle DBA, designer, developer, and project manager. For the past 20 years, he has worked as an independent consultant providing quality services to customers at a reasonable price. He has worked in financial intelligence tracking money laundering, terrorist money, and identity theft. He also has worked in the cyber crimes arena tracking attacks on information systems. Robert specializes in evaluating and securing your Oracle database environment from threats both external and internal. In 1987, Robert's boss called him into his office and told him that he was now their Oracle Wizard, then handed him a stack of Oracle tapes and told him to load it on the VAX. Since then, Robert has worked exclusively as an Oracle Database designer, developer, database administrator, and project manager. Robert enjoys flying vintage aircraft, racing sailboats, photography, and technical diving. He owns and flies the Spirit of Baltimore Hon, a restored 1948 Ryan Navion, and lives in Glen Burnie, Maryland, on Marley Creek.
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Michael Mikhailidi
Michael Mikhailidi is a senior solutions architect with over 20 years of experience in security, development, and architecture with emphasis on Oracle Fusion Middleware technologies. Michael is an Oracle SOA Certified Implementation Professional and has extensive experience in middleware (WebLogic Server, Oracle Application Server, OHS), integration (SOA Suite, OSB, BAM), identity management (OAM, OIF, SSO), monitoring (OEM, BTM), development (BPEL, Java, R), and more.
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Oracle Ace Director Daniel Morgan, Oracle ACE Director, 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, is the Morgan behind the MorgansLibrary.org website, and is currently the Principal Adviser to the Meta7 division of Forsythe. Daniel 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 mid-1980s, focusing primarily on the Oracle Database. He brings to each engagement a wide range of industry experience, including high technology companies, 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 lectures at the University of Oslo (Norway), University of Canterbury (New Zealand), and Universidad Latina de Panama; and adviser to the outreach program at the University of California, Berkeley. Daniel’s core competency is core database and data integration focusing on stability, security, and scalability. 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. In addition to his work in the US, Daniel has worked in Canada, Japan, Mexico, and Norway and has taught classes and seminars at conferences in 25 countries on four continents and at 49 user groups and organizations.
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Oracle Ace Director Michael Rainey, Gluent Inc
As Technical Advisor, Michael Rainey spends his time developing the training program at Gluent and sharing the good word about Gluent products with the world. His expertise in data integration technologies enables him to provide a unique perspective to customers. In his spare time, Michael, an Oracle ACE Director, enjoys sharing his data integration knowledge along the way on his blog, as a speaker at Oracle OpenWorld and various user group conferences, and via webinars and podcasts. Michael loves the outdoors and enjoys riding his bike along the Columbia River, running, hiking, and spending time with his lovely wife and son.
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Andy Rocha, Service Director, Rittman Mead Consulting
Andy Rocha is the Services Director 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 and 12c, 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 Glenn Schwartzberg, BI Practice Lead, interRel Consulting
Glenn Schwartzberg has been an IT professional for over 30 years. Glenn started his career in IT (then MIS) working on IBM mainframes writing COBOL and CICS programs. He quickly worked his way up the food chain and as a manager had 15 people working for him. At this pivotal juncture, he decided he would rather be a technical resource than spend his time telling other people what to do and justify his life through paperwork. He entered the world of consulting, where he was a DBA on Teradata DBC1012 computers, programming, and maintaining databases. This was his introduction to SQL. During his stint working on data warehouses, Glenn ran into a little program from Arbor software called Essbase. It was a cool little program and Glenn immediately saw the value in allowing users to get their own data, so he started learning all he could about it. This was on version 3.11. As time and versions progressed, he learned more and more and the versions became more feature-rich and complicated. While Glenn did not like being a manager, he did feel it was important to assist others as they tried to figure out the issues they were having with the application. He joined bulletin boards and forums and was an ardent contributor, answering others’ questions, and gaining more knowledge. In 2008, due to his continued efforts to assist others and evangelize Essbase, he was honored with the title of Oracle ACE in Business Intelligence. In 2010, he was privileged to be named an Oracle ACE Director. He continues to share his knowledge of Essbase and its associated products though the Oracle EPM discussion forums, presentations at conferences, user group meetings, webcasts, and his blog. He was one of the founding members of the ODTUG Hyperion SIG Board.
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Oracle Ace Director Biju Thomas, Principal Solutions Architect, OneNeck IT Solutions
Biju Thomas is an Oracle ACE Director, Oracle Certified Professional, and Certified Oracle Database SQL Expert. He is principal solutions architect at OneNeck IT Solutions. Biju has been developing and administering Oracle databases since 1993 and Oracle EBS since 2006. He spends time mentoring DBAs, performance tuning, and architecting Oracle solutions. He is a frequent presenter at Oracle conferences and writes articles for Oracle technical journals. He has authored Oracle certification books published by Sybex since Oracle8i, all versions including Oracle Database 12c OCA. Biju blogs at http://www.bijoos.com/oraclenotes and you can follow him on twitter (@biju_thomas) or Facebook (oraclenotes) for daily Oracle Tidbits.
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Oracle Ace Director Mia Urman, CEO, AuraPlayer
Mia Urman is an Oracle ACE Director and a world-class expert in Oracle development technologies with over 17 years of experience presenting, supporting, training, and consulting Oracle products. In her seven years at Oracle Corporation, she was a Senior Support Analyst and Product Manager of Oracle Developer Suite, JDeveloper, and IAS technologies as well as the lead on the topics of Oracle Forms modernization and ADF/Java development. She is the CEO and Founder of AuraPlayer (formerly OraPlayer), a cutting-edge technology company offering solutions to extend and modernize Oracle Forms and EBS as Web Services to mobile/web. She is also the founder of Qesem Consulting, a boutique consulting firm with an elite list of enterprise clients in the telecom, government, defense, and finance industries. Her client list includes MasterCard, Gap, Ports of America, the Bank of Israel, the Ministry of Agriculture, IBM, the Israeli Ports Authority, Discount Bank, Nice, and Motorola. While providing consulting services to customers, Mia became intimately familiar with some of the leading challenges facing Oracle Forms/EBS clients and co-founded AuraPlayer, a development house to provide modernization solutions. AuraPlayer creates Web Services from Oracle Forms/EBS to provide solutions in the Forms to mobile, SOA, integration, and auditing and monitoring fields. She currently serves as AuraPlayer's CEO. Mia is a seasoned presenter on Oracle technologies at various conferences, including Oracle OpenWorld, IOUG Collaborate, ODTUG Kscope, UKOUG, DOAG, and keynote speaker at many local Oracle technology events. She has also served as a director on the board of the Oracle Developer technology user group and led their global initiatives. Her awards include Oracle ACE Director since 2013, Kscope15 Top Speak Award - ADF/Mobile Track 2015, ODTUG Innovation Award - AuraPlayer 2016, and UKOUG Digital Transformation Partner of the Year Award - Silver 2016.
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