What is the Oracle ACE Award?
"Oracle ACEs and Oracle ACE Directors are known for their strong credentials as Oracle community enthusiasts and advocates, with candidates nominated by anyone in the Oracle Technology and Applications communities. The baseline requirements are the same for both designations; however, Oracle ACE Directors work more closely and formally with Oracle in terms of their community activity."
Ref. Oracle ACE Program
Andrew Clarke mentioned in his blog how things have changed since he was first nominated to receive this Award back in 2003: "The bar has certainly been raised since I was nominated. If I look at some of the people who are now ACEs I think I must have walked into the wrong club." He also mentions it is something that happens sometime along the way, and certainly it is, it happens when you least expect it. You cannot nominate yourself, "someone else spotted your efforts" and it is just a way to give you a Big Thank You for providing meaningful and valuable contributions to the Oracle Community.
I have been in the Oracle community for 20 years so far, but it was not because of those 20 years I received this Award, but specifically because of the last five years, I have shared knowledge with the community in several ways, by participating in the Oracle Forums, sharing knowledge by writing an Oracle related blog, and by writing an Oracle book.
In this Universe, whatever you do, right or wrong follows the third Newton's Law "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." and this ACE Award is the practical manifestation of this law.
I just want to say a Big Thank You to the Oracle Community.