What's your current job and title? I am the Consulting Member of the Technical Team for Enterprise Manager at Oracle.
What is your favorite moment of your career so far? I'd have to say right now! What is to come is always my most favorite time, as I'm always looking ahead!
What was your childhood dream job? I wanted to be a journalist.
How long have you been a member of IOUG? What's your best experience thus far? I've only been with IOUG for three years, but I am newer to the Oracle community.
What advice do you wish someone had given you when you first entered this field? Trust your instincts and trust in yourself. You always know whats best for you
What features or products are on your wish list and why? My own *monster* AWR Warehouse for the EM tech team and more opportunity to work with Database as a Service. AWR Warehouse is a centralized AWR repository that I love to query directly. I'm thrilled with the interface that is currently released, along with the features I know are planned for the future, but the ability to answer business-driving-specific IT questions with a simple query is fantastic. For Database as a Service, so many DBA and Developers are expected to do more with less. To have a self service portal to support provisioning for projects and remove the DBA as a roadblock and allow them to work on techical tasks that will challenges them vs. tedious demands is fantastic. DBaaS will allow provisioning of new databases, refresh development and test environments, automate complex EBS environments and other demands as the business needs it done, not on the DBA's schedule.
What is the biggest technical and/or business challenge you have faced, and how did you overcome it? A previous employer was looking to create datamart snapshots in short intervals. These databases had to be created weekly and there were a number of options that had thus failed to offer the performance gains they required. I found that the largest consumer of time was during the ETL phase when huge CTAS, (create table as select) was occuring, due to 100's of GB of hash joins and sorts. As I knew the largest time allottment was spent on temp tablespace usage to perform these hugh CTAS hashing, hash group bys and sorts, I chose to move the temp to solid state disk to speed up the reads by over 6 times what it previously had on standard disk.
How do you stay fit? How did you discover that activity? I enjoy long bike rides through the town we live in. My spouse and I enjoy going out on early weekend mornings and ride and perform errands.
What's your favorite film? Any memorable moments? Any favorite quotes? Igby Goes Down, which is a little known Indy film that has an incredible cast, including Susan Sarandon, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Claire Danes and Ryan Phillipe. Its considered a dark comedy about a young man's degradation after his father has a nervous breakdown and his mother passes away. One of my favorite scenes is where Igby is introduced to Claire Danes character, Sookie and she says in a very "snooty" voice, "What kind of name is Igby?" Igby responds, "The kind of name someone named Sookie shouldn't ask about."
What piques your passion in technology? Once introduced to technology, in my late 20's, there wasn't a lot that didn't interest me. The idea that we could shape our future and that it was quite clear to me that technology would be shaping most of it, was fantastic to me. I quickly became frustrated that everything from computer backpacks to smartwatches are often not designed with women in mind, which is difficult as I love gadgets and cool geek stuff, so I've been on the hunt for that which makes my life easier as a geek. I definitely have more gadgets than most of the guys around me and I often become passionate about any features at Oracle that were designed to make life easier for DBAs and Developers, along with IT more successful.