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Leaving Oracle

As many of you may know by now, I am no longer with Oracle. After almost 9 ½ years, Last Friday was my final day.

I’m going to be working on a contract with the US Marine Corps in Tysons Corner, VA – just a quick ride from where I live. There, I will be using HTML DB (naturally) to build a web interface to some Oracle eBusiness Suite applications. I’m anxious to get started, as I’ve long thought that using HTML DB as a one-off for eBusiness Suite applications is an excellent use for the tool which can save both time and money.

In addition to that, I am going to be doing some HTML DB & Oracle consulting on the side. I’m in the process of forming my own LLC – Sumner Technologies. While I admit that the website isn’t much to look at today, I plan on offering HTML DB consulting and training as my time permits.

So the focus of this blog is going to have to adjust accordingly. I’ll still be blogging on HTML DB related topics, but I am also going to blog on what it’s like to leave a huge company like Oracle and go off on your own.

Comments

Colin said…
I thought this company website would be a HTML DB website? :P
Scott said…
Eventually, it will be, once I get an Oracle license or a hosting partner. However, the cheapest & quickest way to create 5-6 static pages is still plain old HTML!
Anonymous said…
Hi Scott,
I wish you success with your new company. Could you maybe one day find the time to post how you arrived at the decision to strike out on your own?

Ramesh
Robert said…
Best luck, Scott !

Looking forward to your future inputs on HTMLDB.
(btw it seems to me there has been quite a bit less inputs from the htmldb team on the forum these days)

Heheh your site is looking better ;)
Robert said…
BTW who's replacing you if you dont mind ?
Scott said…
Robert,

Most of the team has been crushed with the release of 2.0, and them immediately after that, OpenWorld prep & the actual event. Add 2 more major projects to the list (Oracle Raptor and one to be announced this PM @ OOW), and it gives them little time to respond to the Forum.

Quite honestly, I think that it's a good thing in a way to see the HTML DB Forum evolving into a user-to-user community, rather than a user-to-developer only community.

Sure, there is a ton of value in the HTML DB developers & PMs contributing to the Forum, but its a clear sign of a product maturing when users step up to support and evangelize it.

As far as I know, there is still an open position for a PM that the HTML DB team is actively trying to fill.

Thanks,

- Scott -

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