Memoirs of an Oracle DBA and His Journey to the Autonomous Cloud

I remember when I started my Information Technology career in 1997. I was fortunate for my first role as an Oracle Database Administrator at a large telecommunications company. The first version of the Oracle Database I worked on was version 7.1.6. Over the first few weeks on the job I read manuals such as the Oracle Concepts guide and the Oracle Server [...]

Security in the Cloud

When you hear the word security today, it’s what everyone talks about when a breach occurs. Security in the cloud is more relevant as most enterprises are moving their data into the cloud. Organizations will have to think about protecting their customer data in the cloud, as they do not have control over where their data is stored. If data is not properly planned and relevant policies and controls are [...]

Two Sides of a Coin – A DBA’s Experience

This is a story of not just an Oracle Database Administrator, but any administrator out there in this IT world.

For the sake of this story, let’s say there is an employee, Mark Smith, who has been working as a Senior Database administrator in a retail company for many years. Mark comes to the office on a Monday morning and once [...]

Top 7 Lifehacks for the Traveling Consultant

Whether you love it or hate it, traveling is a big part of any consultants’ lifestyle. You may be traveling occasionally to client sites or more frequently – whichever it is, this short guide will help make that experience more streamlined and easier to manage. Here are my essential tips for the traveling consultant.

1. Save Time at Security Checkpoints

One of [...]

What is a Smart City?

A smart city is an urban area that uses different types of electronic data collection sensors to supply information which is used to manage assets and resources efficiently.[1] This includes data collected from citizens, devices, and assets that is processed and analyzed to monitor and manage traffic and transportation systems, power plants, water supply networks, waste management, law enforcement, information [...]

What’s The ROI On Security?

Equifax, HBO, Sony, Home Depot, Target…the list goes on. What do these companies have in common?

I am pretty certain you guessed the answer to this question. Yes, they have all suffered massive data breaches. How is this possible? Ask any security professional and they will be quick to explain how these companies failed to secure a database, patch a system, [...]