Oracle ACES return their awards
The Oracle ACE program appears to be in trouble, amid pushback
qualified Oracle experts are rejecting the Oracle ACE award. There
are also complaints that a highly-vocal group of self-proclaimed
Oracle “experts” have been manipulating the Oracle ACE nomination system, creating a mutual
admiration society in order to get Oracle ACE awards.
Oracle stockholders will find that Oracle's ACE program is a
brilliant way of enlisting gullible DBA's and developers to loyally
tout the virtues of Oracle technology. For the price of a tacky
glass trophy, Oracle has flattered a small army of foreigners into
publishing positive things about Oracle in blogs and on social media.
The Oracle ACE program reminds me of the local
Raleigh Man of the Year scam.
"I don't need no stinkin'
college to be an Oracle ACE."
No Degree Required!
everyone Oracle ACE agrees about the value of a College
Education! Doug Burns, (an Oracle ACE), believes that
Oracle is more of a trade than a science, and that a
college degree is not necessary:
Don Burleson, you
talk rubbish. I have a very basic high school education
but left pretty quickly to play around with computers and
lost count of the number of degree-educated colleagues who I
wouldn't allow near a database."
But the savvy Oracle professionals see through this manipulation
and recognize that the Oracle ACE program is a win-win program for
losers with low self-esteem. The recipient gets a flashy title
to prop-up their fragile ego, and Oracle gets a dedicated evangelist.
Rejecting the Oracle ACE award
Before returning his Oracle ACE award, Australian Oracle consultant Howard
J. Rogers said that his Oracle ACE was almost completely worthless,
and complained that the Oracle ACE program accepts “complete
nobodies”, a true statement that suggests that there are political
motives behind the ACE program:
“There’s a bunch of complete nobodies who nominated
themselves for starters and got approved despite a paucity of
any demonstrated technical skill or community contribution at
Another commentator on SearchOracle notes that the people who are
awarded the Oracle ACE tend to be chronically under-employed, a
necessity when an Oracle ACE award is correlated with people who
have the time required to answer tens of thousands of OTN forum questions:
“I’m always suspicious of these self proclaimed ‘gurus.’
Most of them, in my experience, are your stereotypical glory
hunters. The type who has to be the center of attention.
“O look at me, I wrote a book” . . . “O look at me, I’m so
underutilized at my job that I’ve had time to respond 5,000
times on OTN.”
Smug, arrogant, full of their own sense of self importance and
quite irritating. – Steve”
A review of the Oracle ACE list reveals that Oracle
been awarding the Oracle ACE to people with vastly differing
credentials. Some ACE's are graduates of the world best
technical universities while others are not even
qualified to take a technical job at Oracle Corporation, and Oracle
has been awarding
the Oracle ACE to blue-collar
tradesmen without any significant work experience or
How can Oracle make the ACE meaningful?
Personally, I think that the Oracle ACE program would be greatly
improved if Oracle would vet nominees using the same
training criteria that they use to hire their own developers.
Oracle Corporation rewards professionals who have distinguished
themselves by graduating from a competitive school and those with
stellar work experience, why shouldn't the Oracle ACE program?
Even the Oracle Academy is very specific on the
training and experience requirements to become a practicing
Oracle professional, minimum qualifications that are not met by many
of their own Oracle ACE's.
Title: Sr. Database Administrator Project
Description: Development, implementation,
enhancement and maintenance of database. Support and Maintenance
of the Databases Management of product design, engineering,
implementation and integration. Initiating and maintaining
Requirements: 5+ yrs. + Bachelors degree 4+ yrs. +
Salary: $100,000+ $90,000+"
- Read how
Oracle ACEs are speaking out against foreigners working in America.
- Also read my notes about the
Oracle ACE Director program, and why it is a joke.