My Oracle Experience

  Pre-Oracle Experience Prior to working at Oracle, I worked 4 years for Ingres where I was trained in SQL development, Administration, and Performance.  During my stay, I performed countless installations into approximately 80 systems based on about 40 variants of Unix and VMS.  I provided maintenance and troubleshooting on installations damaged while reproducing bugs reported to the support department.  I also served as final sign off and approval for Release Management and trained support staff in installation and QA of installation packages [ more...]

Life as a Linux and Unix Professional

Linux Experience before Linux was Available When Linus Torvalds came out with Linux in 1991, I had nearly a decade of Unix administration and C development experience. During that time, I built the technical environment for California State University, Fresno’s Computer Science Department installing and managing Unix systems based on Berkeley 4.2 and 4.3 BSD and AT&T Unix including a room full of Convergent Technology systems. Afterward, as an independent consultant, I installed and configured Unix systems for the Agricultural Department, a phone company, and an Air Conditioning company before going to work for NASA where I managed networks of VMS and Unix based systems and developed the project plan for migrating the Information Sciences Division from VMS to Unix. Following that, at Ingres, I supported Ingres installations on approximately 40 variants of Unix and VMS for Ingres, provided Sun desktop support for Direct User Support, and support of Unix systems for the Education Department.  I also trained staff in quality assurance for the Ingres installation packages and served as the final sign off approving distribution of new product to customers. [ more...]

Why Savy Managers Hire Dan

Why Savy Managers Hire Dan Smart managers hire employees to add or protect income and stockholder value of the company, to build morale, and unity, to increase competency, efficiency, effectiveness to get a specific job done to help the company succeed If you have an employee that has a track record of making or saving millions of dollars for previous employers, it isn’t wise or responsible to leave millions of dollars on the table without a good reason. At this time, there are millions of dollars that your company does not currently have simply because you have not hired Dan yet.  Isn’t it about time? [ more...]