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Creative Problem Solving (for Oracle Professionals)
Kerry Osborne, Enkitec
This presentation is about problem solving; how we think about problems and how we resolve them, specifically problems involving complex computer systems. I've worked closely with extremely intelligent people; however there seems to be little correlation between raw intelligence and the ability to quickly solve difficult problems. I've worked with lots of dedicated, hard working people as well, but this characteristic also does not always foretell success. Neither does having a stellar technical background with loads of experience. So why is it that some people seem to be gifted with seemingly super-natural problem solving skills? I have spent my career solving computer problems and working with relatively large numbers of people who do the same. While I don't have all of the answers, I do have some ideas that may be helpful for making you a better problem solver and a better judge of how others will perform when faced with difficult problems.
Bio: Kerry Osborne began working with the first public release of Oracle (version 2) in 1982. For the past several years, he has been focused on understanding Oracle internals and solving performance problems. He is an Oracle Ace Director and is a proud member of theOakTable network. He has also co-authored two books (Pro Oracle SQL and Expert Oracle Exadata).
Simple Is the New Cool
Floyd Teter, Sr. Practice Director, Sierra-Cedar
We're seeing a rapidly-evolving change in the expectations of our customers, partners, and users: "Tell me what I need to do, show me how I do it, and make it easy." Whether it is mobile application development, system architecture, business process management, or user experience design, in an age of ‘Bring Your Own Data’ and ‘Corporate Owned-Privately Enabled’ tech, acceptance requires simplicity. And acceptance is the key to higher productivity and reliable information. Join Oracle ACE Director and User Experience Advocate Floyd Teter as he shares some strategies and tactics for gaining wider user acceptance through simplicity...strategies and tactics you can apply to your enterprise today.
Bio: Floyd Teter is an Oracle Applications Ace Director (one of four in the world), an Oracle User Experience Advocate, and a Sr. Project Director in the Strategy Group of Sierra-Cedar’s Higher Education practice. With over 30 years of business experience, Floyd is known for his thought leadership, his solution architecture and technical leadership skills, and his ability to leverage technology in providing business-driven solutions. His areas of expertise include Oracle’s Cloud Application Services (HCM, ERP and CX), the E-Business Suite, Fusion Middleware, Business Intelligence, Development Tools and Databases. Floyd is also a blogger (ORCLville.blogger.com), has been published and interviewed by many well-known publications, and can be followed on Twitter @fteter (a Twitter feed named by Forbes as one every Oracle customer should follow).