Saturday, October 15, 2011

Kscope 2012–We Want You!

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve accepted the invitation from ODTUG to lead the APEX track team for Kscope 2012. Other members of the team include some of the most talented APEX developers out there:

With a team like that I’m sure Kscope 2012 is going to be awesome! But this team alone cannot ensure such awesomeness…

Without a doubt, one of the most important factors in the success of APEX is its community. We encounter obstacles and learn solutions. But rather than hide what we’ve learned, we pour our newfound knowledge back into the community and together we continue to grow.

Do you have something to share? Share it at Kscope! You have until the 28th of October to submit an abstract – that’s just under 2 weeks. If your abstract is accepted then your registration to Kscope is complimentary!

Click here to learn more and submit an abstract. Good luck!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Martin D’Souza is running for President!

Ok, so he’s not really running for President. But he IS running for a spot on the ODTUG Board of Directors and he could use your vote to help get there!

I’ve known Martin for several years now. One thing that really stands out about him is his unique perspective on just about everything. Generally speaking, the term “unique” cannot be taken for “good”, but with Martin it’s a sure bet. Over the years I’ve come to rely on this fact and have even caught myself wondering “What would Martin do?” a couple of times.

With Martin on the ODTUG Board of Directors, the APEX community would have a great representative in a position that could make a real difference. So what are you waiting for??? Click this link and vote for Martin!

Unfortunately, only ODTUG Members are able to vote Sad smileI don’t want to make this an advertisement for ODTUG, but if you believe, as I do, that this is an all around good thing, then perhaps now is the time to join. At $99 dollars a year, it’s really not bad considering that you get discounts to Kscope and access to lot’s of good technical information.

Check out Martin’s statements below…

Campaign Statement


I have attended ODTUG Kaleidoscope for several consecutive years and have been a presenter for the last three. The conference has allowed me to develop strong relationships with many others in the community, and the importance of these relationships has proven invaluable. I continually strive to give back to the community, using my personal time to answer questions through email, blogs, the Oracle forums, and by writing technical books. I would like to continue this spirit of giving back by joining the ODTUG Board of Directors.


As a new board member I will bring a fresh perspective and out-of-the-box ideas to help promote ODTUG and deliver our message to the world. I am fortunate enough to have a successful blog with several thousand unique monthly visitors. It is through this platform, along with other opportunities such as my consulting firm blog, social networking, and the multiple annual conferences that I attend from which I intend to help share the ODTUG mission and values.


The Board plays a pivotal leadership role as both a driving force and a face of the ODTUG community. I feel that my professional experience as a leader and mentor will help the Board guide and develop ODTUG for the future. The Board has responsibility to its most important group - the members. I will help ensure that the Board serves as both a voice and an ear for the entire ODTUG community; developers, DBAs, and technical experts of all things Oracle.


Many thanks for your consideration.


 

Biographical Statement


Martin Giffy D’Souza is an Oracle ACE and award winning presenter and speaker. Most recently Martin was honored with the ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2011 Presenter of the Year award. Martin also serves as a Co-founder & CTO at ClariFit Inc., a consulting firm specializing in Oracle solutions. Martin’s career has seen him hold a range of positions within award winning companies and his experience in the technology industry has been focused on developing database-centric web applications using the Oracle technology stack. Martin is the author of the highly recognized blog www.TalkApex.com, and he has co-authored several APEX books including Expert Oracle Application Express, a collaboration of some of the most renowned APEX developers in the industry. He has presented at numerous international conferences such as ODTUG, APEXposed, and COUG. Martin holds a Computer Engineering degree from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada.