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The Oracle ACE Program -- July 2017
The Oracle ACE Program Newsletter | July 2017
Oracle ACE Spotlight
Gary Crisci, Oracle ACE
Gary Crisci is a Senior Financial Systems Leader with 20 years of finance and IT experience, specializing in Oracle EPM software. During his career, Gary has held various positions as a consultant and industry professional working for top-tier companies such as Siemens, Morgan Stanley, and General Electric. He is the EPM Principal Technologist for GE, helping to lead the company’s global EPM shared service deployment and EPM cloud adoption strategy. He is also a co-author for Developing Essbase Applications: Advanced Techniques for Finance and IT Professionals.Gary has an MBA in Information Systems and lives in Connecticut with his wife and two sons.
Additionally, Gary often speaks about Oracle products at various conferences including, Oracle Open World, Kscope, MOUS, and BIWA. He is an active member of the Oracle user group community where he holds a Director position on the ODTUG Board of Directors and serves as the organization's Treasurer.
Outside of work, Gary spends most of his time with his family. He has been a Scout Leader for 7 years and spends a lot of time camping and hiking with his two boys. For relaxation, Gary enjoys practicing yoga and mindfulness meditation.
Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne We sent an email to all ACEs on July 9, 2017 addressing the Oracle ACE Director Briefing, travel support, hotel room block, conference passes and Oracle ACE Dinner information. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you did not receive the email.
Becoming an Oracle ACE Director We have received numerous promotion requests from current members to become Oracle ACE Directors. Jennifer sent an email to all members with an explanation of the guidelines for ACE Director requirements. Please email email@example.com if you did not receive the email. You can also view the FAQ.
Meet Up with the Oracle ACE Program Team Jennifer will be attending a few events this summer and would love to see you. Click the links below to let us know if you'll be attending so we can plan to meet:
ORAWORLD Magazine is looking for contributors to their quarterly magazine. If you like to write technical articles, share exciting stories, or have information that would be of interest to the EMEA Oracle community, please submit your contribution online at: www.oraworld.org and click on “Submit Your Contribution.” ORAWORLD Magazine is a product of EOUC, the EMEA Oracle User Group Community.
Do you remember the first time you presented at a conference? Were you nervous? I know I was. I’m calling all speakers to reach out into the community and help, mentor, motivate and encourage new speakers to take the stage.
Somewhere in the spring of 2005 my colleague Lucas Jellema asked me if I would do a joint presentation with him. I said, "Sure, sounds like fun." Did I really know what I was getting myself into? Absolutely not.
During the preparation of that talk I learned so much from Lucas. He guided me through the whole process. His mentoring helped me walk to the front of the room, stand on the stage, and give my first presentation. I knew whatever happened I was as prepared as I could be and I was ready to go.
After that talk was done, I was hooked on giving presentations. I’m very grateful of the opportunity that I was offered and tried (both successfully and unsuccessfully) to encourage colleagues to share the stage with me. The UKOUG embraced this initiative and has reached out to old and new speakers for their annual conference in December. I’m glad to see that a number of speakers already reached out via Twitter.
Currently I’m in contact with two new speakers and we’re working on putting an abstract together, so hopefully I’ll be on stage with a new speaker at the end of the year… or maybe even better: I’ll be at the side line watching the new speaker take stage by themselves.
Having the technical knowledge to create your presentation is one part of becoming a speaker, but you also need to know how to address the room, answer questions (even when you don’t know the answer), and write the abstract. Join me by sharing your knowledge with a colleague and help them become a presenter. You can contact me at @alexnuijten or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.