Sunday, August 02, 2009

The Oracle ACE

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.


Doug said...

Actually, I think you *can* nominate yourself although I don't think most people would do that or think it was a good idea.

Congratulations, btw ;-)

Hector R. Madrid said...

Thank you Doug.

alphamek said...


These award is very important for Oracle professionals. I appreciated a professionals than have Oracle ACE credencials.


Rodrigo Almeida

Hector R. Madrid said...

Thank you for your comment Rodrigo.

Aman Sharma said...


You deserve to be an ACE. And its certainly not just the time spent by you but its because of the extreme knowledge that you have about Oracle and on top of that, willingness to share that knowledge with newbies like me over OTN forums, this blog and newly written book of yours. Sharing knowledge is the hardest thing to do and I guess, ACE is for those who don't believe in making just themselves better, but think to do the same for the entire oracle community. Thank you for being a part of the Oracle community and guiding us.


Hector R. Madrid said...


Thank you. You are right, it is not about being better, but making a better community.

Writing a book is a time consuming professional activity and I hardly visited the forum. I am progressively resuming the forum activity.


Asif Momen said...

Congratulations for the ACE award. You deserve it.

Hector R. Madrid said...

Thank you for your comment.