IOUG Member SpotlightJoin IOUG each month as we shine the spotlight on one of our members. Learn fun facts about what inspires our members, what they do for fun and how they got started in their careers.
April 2017 - Roger Lopez
What's your current job and title?
I'm a principal software engineer at Red Hat. I work on integrating multiple products such as Deploying Oracle Database on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, into a solution based on input from our sales, marketing, and engineering teams.
What is your favorite moment of your career so far?
Favorite moment has to be my first presentation at Oracle OpenWorld where I had over 100 people in my session. It is very rewarding to know the work you put it in on a topic is highly valued.
What was your childhood dream job?
Growing up I always wanted to play in the MLB. I played a lot of baseball in elementary school and junior high, however, that dream started fading once I realized I couldn't hit the curve ball.
How long have you been a member of IOUG? What's your best experience thus far?
I've been a member of IOUG since 2013. I've got so many memorable moments since I've joined IOUG, but none of that would be possible without all the people that make up IOUG. The people in this user group are hands down second to none.
What advice do you wish someone had given you when you first started your career as a technologist?
My advice would be get involved early on with user groups and attend as many conferences as your managers will allow. There is so much value in being part of a user group and attending conferences, especially when you are entering a new field or learning a new technology.
What features or products are on your wish list and why?
One product I'm very excited to get more involved with is OpenShift Ansible. In a nutshell, Ansible is a tool that simplifies the ability to automate tasks and repeat them successfully. The goal for me would be to build out complex reference architecture solutions faster by automating the entire process. With Ansible, you can accomplish this by creating Ansible playbooks which are a set of tasks you want executed in a particular order. One of the things I'm hoping to do in the near future is to create an Oracle Deployment Ansible playbook that will build out an Oracle environment all based around the reference architecture best practices I've already created. I view it as the easy button customers want when they want to Proof of Concept a new technology.
What is the biggest technical and/or business challenge you have faced, and how did you overcome it?
The biggest technical challenges I've faced have to deal with cutting edge technology. At times, I work on new projects that include new products I'm not as familiar with. Of course the best way to overcome these issues, is to read about the technology, take a course if available, or work with a colleague that might have more experience on the subject. It never hurts to reward a colleague for their help with lunch or a six-pack of beer either.
How do you stay active? How did you discover that activity?
I currently do CrossFit four times a week and I really love it. I knew about CrossFit in the past but was a little intimidated to try it. However, I wish now that I had started sooner. The people are great, super helpful, and in the end everyone has similar goals – stay in shape and live a healthy lifestyle.
What's your favorite film? Any memorable moments? Any favorite quotes?
I'm not sure if its my favorite film, but the first movie that came to my mind has to be Scarface, and 'Say hello to my little friend!'
What piques your passion in technology?
Solving problems. I've always seen technology as a tool to solve complex problems with the hope of building simple solutions.