An ACE Tale of Teach, Motivate, Mentor & Achieve



I am often asked, “How long does it take to be an ACE?” and I’m sorry but the answer has to be “It depends”; it depends how far along the journey you are already are, and even then it depends on how big an impact you make.

But this isn’t a race, it is about being recognised for an on going community commitment. Even when you are awarded an ACE title we are all (more...)

What is your favourite Database Feature? Come Hear Ours at Oracle Open World


It is that time again, the run up to Oracle Open World and as is now tradition the EMEA Oracle User Groups are bringing you another two hours of ACE DBAs short talks.

The past two years they have had just a few minutes to share with you new features. This year we are shaking it up a little and they are sharing their favourite features, regardless of when it appeared. 

For me (and (more...)

Need Your Help Again


This is my third UKOUG Partner Awards whilst working at Certus and in that time I have had the privilege to work with some amazing customers. I know Certus deserve your vote in the UKOUG Partner Awards, especially in the  Cloud Applications category.

I could just ask you to vote for us. Vote Gold and if you want to just do that then thank you so much. But if you want to know why, (more...)

OTNTourLA – The Long Trek Home


After an amazing day sightseeing the area around Pereira, it was a very late night but my first flight wasn't until almost midday.

I met up with Tim for breakfast and then made my way to the airport. There isn't really a waiting area airside, just two boarding areas, so you have to wait till your flight is the next one to be called. The area landside was very busy with whole families seeing individuals (more...)

OTNTourLA – Final Sight Seeing


Alexis wife Clara, sat next to me at dinner Thursday evening and was telling what a beautiful location Pereira was the centre off, and how I should explore it. Then Pablo who had done so during the day showed me some photos and I was determined to do something on the Friday as I was not speaking.

Alexis asked me if I wanted to go with him to see some places, and that Deiby was (more...)