Observations from my 15 Years at Oracle

Office pictureLast weekend I completed 15 years at Oracle, all of those years have been spent in Applications Product Development, specifically financials.  That may sound like a long time to do the same thing, but I have been through a lot if big shifts in the IT industry and within Oracle during that time, it’s always been a challenging time and the only constant is change.

I started out in the UK for 2 years before moving out to California in 2000 where I have been ever since, in the 300 building you see on the left.

The earliest Applications release I started out working on was 10.4 and I think the database version was 7.  I still have a promotional VHS cassette that all employees were sent when the 8i database was launched and a license plate holder with the tag line ‘the internet changes everything’ which I got on my first day starting at Oracle HQ.  I also have more Polo Shirts, hats, bags and vests with the Oracle Logo on than I care to count.

As I said earlier the only constant has been change and I’ve seen a lot of interesting changes, shifts and fads come and go.  Here’s a list of the things I can recall in a somewhat chronological order

  • Character mode Apps
  • Client Server GUI Apps
  • Browser based Apps
  • The Millennium Bug
  • Providing 24 hour cover over New Year 2000, when nothing happened
  • The emergence of the internet
  • The dot com boom
  • The dot com bust
  • The Network Computer (including Larry showing a network computer on Oprah)
  • Oracle starting consolidation in the Enterprise Applications space
  • Web 2.0
  • Social Apps
  • The Cloud

So there’s a few of my favorite things, feel free to add yours or comment on mine in the comments section below.

5 Responses

  1. How could you forget “Floating Toolbar”?? :)


  2. Congrats on 15 yrs at Oracle-it is a long time, but when you are able to work on so many different areas it feels like a new job every do often!


  3. sounds great, thanks for sharing


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