Tuesday, September 04, 2007

I'm back...

After a brief hiatus, I'm back.

I took off some time in the month of August - worked here and there, even flew out to California for a few days to speak at the Southern California Oracle User Group with Ken Jacobs and recorded a podcast.  But all in all, mostly just spent time with my kids (drove around a lot, even got to see the B52's with Megan in a park at Coney Island) and getting ready for September (back to school and all).

Now, it is back to work for me as well :)

I start a new position within Oracle today.  I no longer work in sales - after 14 years there.  I now work for the Database Server Technologies division (the people that actually make the database software).  It won't make a huge change in what I do at Oracle - just whom I do it for.  Truth be told, a lot of what I did in the past wasn't officially part of my job, more like a hobby.  So the seminars, talking at user groups, writing the column and answering questions on AskTom, blogging - that was all "on the side".  Now it is officially what I do - and I can do more of it.

So, I'm back after a brief respite from writing and such - I have a busy lineup coming in the near future:


Time to brush off the frequent flyer card and book some flights ;)



Anonymous RobH said....

Good to hear you'll be doing more of the stuff that you are so good at. Also, its nice to see you spending so much time in Canada :D

Tue Sep 04, 09:32:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Kirtan Desai said....

Many congratulations to you! Nice to have you back here. Nice to hear that you got to spend time with family. Welcome Back!

Tue Sep 04, 10:28:00 AM EDT  

Blogger bill said....

welcome back to the "real" world.;-) maybe i'll se you at RMOUG this year?

Tue Sep 04, 12:02:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Pravind said....

Congratulations on your new position Tom, and good to have you back.

Tue Sep 04, 12:24:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Sidhu said....

Welcome back Tom...

People have been waiting for you for long...and also great to know that you are joining Server Technologies...congrats...


Tue Sep 04, 01:00:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Bill S. said....

Congrats! The time off was well deserved, albeit a little scary for us out here. ;-D

Looking forward to seeing more of the stuff you are best at.

Bill S.

Tue Sep 04, 01:38:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Petar Repac said....

Welcome back, Tom. We missed you...

Tue Sep 04, 02:36:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Stew said....

Best of everything in your new job, Tom. Will you still be doing some "real" projects once in a while? You have said it's the best way to get in-depth experience of new features.

Tue Sep 04, 02:52:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Pete Finnigan said....

Congratulations on the new job Tom, its great that Oracle have recognised your "unofficial" efforts officially and let you do it full time. Great, gald to see also that you will be UKOUG, see you there.



Tue Sep 04, 03:03:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

Stew said...

Yes, will still be doing "real" things. My actual day to day stuff won't change very much - just that I do it for "corporate" now, instead of the Public Sector Sales division I was in (broader set of customers)

Tue Sep 04, 03:09:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Rahul said....


I was wondering if you got a pay rise out of this. I sure hope you have!!!.


Tue Sep 04, 03:59:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Alberto Dell'Era said....

But being in the Database Server Technologies division means that you'll be closer to the product - do you expect to be able to provide the user feedback you get from asktom (and the "broader set of customers") to the designers more than before ?

Welcome back, that goes without saying ;)

Tue Sep 04, 05:39:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Tom said....

Definitely a win / win. Congrats on the new position. It seems like a "perfect" fit.

Tue Sep 04, 09:28:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Dratz said....

Congratulations, sounds like a good fit.

Sounds like you need your own plane!

I'm so excited! I'll finally be presenting at the same conference (UKOUG) as you, Jonathan Lewis, Toon Koppelaars, and... practically everyone! Looks to be a great conference (and I'm just sneaking in).

Tue Sep 04, 09:46:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Marco Gralike said....

Wow...a Sales guy? That explains a lot. ;-)

No seriously, I join Pete's remarks. I guess being closer to the core is were your hart lays anyway...

Congrats! Maybe see you at UKOUG.

Wed Sep 05, 03:34:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Mohammed Taj said....

Hi Tom,

Really I am very happy to see your post.

Your really genius

Keep it up.

Wed Sep 05, 12:12:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Welcome back, Tom

I was about to knock your site off of my favorites.

Expect more hits, instead :-)

Wed Sep 05, 12:58:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Stewart Bryson said....

I seem to recall a lot of posts over the years where you "punted" on sales-related questions... licensing and what-not. Now I find out you were a salesperson all along. Seriously... congratulations on the new post. What you provide to Oracle users through AskTom has always been at least as valuable as some of the more-sanctioned aspects of the company. In a lot of cases, reading an AskTom thread from start to finish is more valuable than a week-long class at Oracle University.

Maybe I should keep my mouth shut. Oracle may decide to charge us for using AskTom.

Wed Sep 05, 01:10:00 PM EDT  

Blogger cycloscott said....

mmmmm Montreal. That means a trip to Schwartz's for a platter of smoked meat, a jar of mustard and stack of rye. God I miss that place.

Welcome back.

Wed Sep 05, 09:28:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Aman Sharma said....

Hi sir,
So good to see you back and congrats a bunch on your new position.
Best regards,

Thu Sep 06, 08:53:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Welcome back

Fri Sep 07, 12:43:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Dimitri Gielis said....

Tom, I also want to welcome you back (although I'm sure you were not totally away ;-))...

I really enjoy reading your blog and view on things.

Good luck in your "new" job.

Sat Sep 08, 01:28:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Noons said....

Good to see you back here, Tom.
I hope Rachel wasn't too forceful?
Congratulations on your new role.

Wed Sep 12, 11:53:00 PM EDT  

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