Oracle creates "Super ACE" designation:
Oracle has announced a new "super
ACE" designation called
Oracle ACE Director. The lucky winners of the Oracle ACE
director list includes many unknown names in Oracle technology,
"nobody" people without any apparent qualifications or credientials (click
here for full Oracle ACE Director list):
Srinivas Rao Polsani
Geoffroy de Lamalle
Inside the ACE Director Scam
The Oracle ACE director ploy is a
brilliant marketing strategy by Oracle Corporation whereby they enlist
unpaid "evangelists" to preach at the alter of Oracle technology.
These Oracle ACE Directors are recruited very inexpensively.
They are bought and paid for with nothing more than a tacky glass
trophy, and flattered into spending thir time promoting Oracle
technology for free. Oracle calls it "honorary participation",
but it's really just their way of recruiting gullible foreigners into
working for free. It's the perfect scam! The Oracle ACE
Director program reminds me of the local
Raleigh Man of the Year scam
It's important to remember that
Oracle ACE directors all have pledged allegiance to Oracle, and they
are little more than mouthpieces for Oracle Corporation. By and
large, they tend to be people with low self-esteem who can be easily
flattered into promoting Oracle for free. These ACE Directors
are sometimes "legends in own minds" and they are the perfect
fodder for this unpaid army of Oracle evangelists. The Oracle
ACE director program is brilliant!
Credibility without Credentials?
What status does the Oracle ACE Director
moniker confer when the participants proffer no credentials? Can
we trust that Oracle has vetted these people for "acknowledged
technical expertise"? Sadly, it appears that the answer is "no".
"I don't need no stinkin'
college to be an Oracle ACE Director."
|The Oracle ACE director
program does not vet its people for college-level knowledge
and many of the Oracle ACE participants are blue-collar
tradesmen with no advanced degrees and no verifiable work
experience with Oracle databases.
In fact, many
of the Oracle ACE Directors hide their qualifications such as
Oracle ACE Director Daniel Morgan, who once told me that
he has a doctorate from Stanford, but who steadfastly refuses
to disclose his credentials.
This is true for
the vast majority of the Oracle ACE directors, they are people
who hide their credentials, and we must wonder if this shyness
is just a cover-up for lackluster credientials.
Are Oracle ACE Directors just evangelists?
The Oracle ACE Director program makes no qualms about seeking
people with a "track record of evangelism", ostensibly choosing those
who are not willing to make derogatory statements about Oracle
This ORACLE-BASE poster echoes concerns that Oracle ACE directors
"since last couple of years you
(Dr. Hall) became Oracle doctrine submissive person just like most of
the rest of ACE Directors.
When you were just ACEs, you
were more trustworthy than now and you weren’t just Oracle
And unfortunately I’m not the
only person with this opinion, but probably I’m only one who is not
afraid to make it public . . "
According to the Oracle web site,
becoming an Oracle ACE Director requires extra credentials above-and-beyond
those for the regular Oracle ACE:
- Acknowledged technical expertise
- Good communication skills; presentation experience
- Track record of evangelism
- Ability to commit to participation in an honorary (noncompensated)
capacity for 12 months
Oracle ACE holders are speaking out about foreigners working in
It's interesting to note the
requirement of a "track record of evangelism", which appears to
disqualify anyone who points-out any shortcomings of Oracle.
Also, note the requirement to participate in something (not
disclosed) for free.
A new ACE Director logo
ACE Director logo is denoted by a "spade" (like in a deck of
cards), topped with what appears to be a light
green crown, sort of the "king" of aces..
Oracle’s Mr. Potato Head approach to the Oracle ACE Director
logo has some interesting possibilities, especially since
Oracle has chosen to humanize the logo by adding a hat!
I imagine that it’s really some
sort of a human spade, with the letter “A” for a nose,
capped with his crown, the ace king, the straight flush of
But what should a spade king look like?
With a little more enhancement we can complete the
anthropomorphism, adding some eyes, a mouth, and a nice
So, what do folks think of this
royal straight flush of a logo?
Comments from Oracle ACE's
Dr. Tim Hall has some comments on the new Oracle ACE director
When I looked at the list
of people who are ACE Directors the cynic in
me came out in full force and here’s why:
- Every ACE Director
has expertise in “Oracle Fusion
Middleware”. There is not a single
person listed as an ACE Director from a
Database Management or Development
background. So knowledge of the
database, the product that made Oracle
great, is not worthy of any note.
- The majority of ACE
Directors are newly assigned ACEs, with
a few notable exceptions. So all the
people who were previously deemed worthy
of ACE-dom are not actually as worthy as
the new kids on the block.
- In my opinion, some
people stand head and shoulders above
the other people in the list of ACEs.
When I look through the list, none of
the real stars of the Oracle community
are listed as ACE Directors. It seems
people like Tom Kyte, Jonathan Lewis and
Steven Feuerstein (to mention just
three) don’t currently qualify as having
“a higher level of expectation in terms
of community activity”. Are you sure?
I’m sure that some of
these points will be rectified in the coming
weeks, and I don’t want to put other people
and their achievements down, but for the
moment, this whole re-jig of the Oracle ACE
program doesn’t look right to me.
subsequently read the top “Oracle ACE New”
story, which says,
“The Oracle ACE and Oracle Fusion Middleware
Regional Director programs have merged, with
the latter now being known as “Oracle ACE
Directors.” Furthermore, Oracle Database
experts (on management and app development)
are now eligible to serve as Oracle ACE
Directors as well.”