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December 2016 - Jeff Chirco
What's your current job and title?
Sr. Database Administrator for a small restaurant company. Responsible for a handful of Oracle databases. Doing a lot of PL/SQL coding and support with our programmers but also all the usual DBA duties of backup, DR, architect, performance tuning, etc when there is time. Oh and supporting all the Oracle XE instances we have at our locations.
What is your favorite moment of your career so far?
That is hard to say but honestly it is just being a DBA for the company that I have worked for since high school and love. During college I took a database class in which Oracle was used and I fell in love with it and knew that is what I wanted to do. I was looking around for how to get training but luckily a DBA position just happened to open up shortly after and they sent me to training.
Obtaining my OCP was good too!
My IT career: Nailing a Days-at-Sea application after 3 large contracts failed to get it right. Our team of 3 got it right, in short time.
What was your childhood dream job?
Professional Baseball Player or Astronaut/something Space related
How long have you been a member of IOUG? What's your best experience thus far?
I've been a member since 2012.
My best experience has been attending two conferences now and being able to meet so many smart people. I always get back feeling super motivated to make myself better.
What advice do you wish someone had given you when you first started your career as a technologist?
Find someone to be your mentor. When I first became a DBA I was the only DBA at my company and it was very shortly after they implemented Oracle. So everything was very new to us and I did not have anyone to go to for help. It was ok for learning but a lot of times I was making things up as I went cause I didn’t have anyone to bounce ideas off or tell me what was right or wrong.
What features or products are on your wish list and why?
I am hoping to do more with 12c this year and upgrade all database to it. Pluggable database seems interesting but only if it’s free. It could be useful but for smaller companies it is just not worth the cost. I still feel I have a ton to learn with Oracle still and I am hoping to spend more time this coming year on that.
What is the biggest technical and/or business challenge you have faced, and how did you overcome it?
Upgrading from 10g to 11g, moving to a new SAN, and migrating from AIX to Windows all on the same day, and successfully! That took many months of testing and practice. Now my challenge is to move over to Linux!
How do you stay active? How did you discover that activity?
I like to play softball and go snowboarding. I have always been a huge baseball fan. Go Angels!
What's your favorite film? Any memorable moments? Any favorite quotes?
The Goonies – The part where Mouth is explaining the house rules to new housekeeper.
Empire Records – “Damn the man, Save the Empire”
What piques your passion in technology?
Figuring out how to make something better or faster.
Follow Jeff on Twitter, @jeffchirco.