Earlier this year I was honored by being awarded the Oracle ACE Associate designation. After almost a year, I continue to get similar questions from coworkers, friends, and members of the public and private sector. “What’s do you get for being an ACE?” My response is simple. I get recognized by the community for doing the things I like to do. Sure I get to fellowship with some of the most amazing people, go to the dinners, and get some really cool swag, but the question they should ask is, “What’s in it for me?”
Now that’s a real question, and the answer is, “It depends.” Let me give you three examples.
If you are a friend or coworker and have a question about Oracle technology, you have a conduit to the best and the brightest minds in the world to help you get answers. If you are experiencing trouble with an applications, need help with code, just about anything in the Oracle ecosystem, there is at last count a network of 500 individuals worldwide in which the expertise exists. In a nut shell it’s access to the best there is.
If you are in the private sector, the ACE program should mean a lot. As a business, you want to attract and retain the best and the brightest talent there is. How do you do this? Flaunt it, show off that you have Oracle ACEs on the team. What better way to attract top notch talent than to demonstrate that you employ industry experts. As a member of the Oracle ACE community it is important that we write, present, develop, and evangelize for on and about the tools we use. Having members of your workforce that do these things further suggests that your business encourages expertise and leadership. Yet another way to attract leaders to your operation. I think more so than not, consulting companies get this.
Finally, in the Public Sector there are unique opportunities to take advantage of having one or more members of the Oracle ACE community employed. A statistic showed that over 50% of graduates from The Georgia Institute of Technology (Go Jackets!) leave Atlanta for the tech jobs out west. How do we retain this talent? Bring the high tech jobs to Georgia. Governments are battling to keep and bring High Tech industries to their cities and states. How inviting do you think it would if government officials negotiating with these companies could include statements such as, “We believe in technology excellence so much that xx number of our IT members hold designations such as CCIE, OCM, and Oracle ACE.” Educating the community and showing that within the government there is commitment towards technical excellence. Corporate confidence in the public sector infrastructure increases, and the local municipality becomes a more attractive home.
Of course these are my own thoughts and there is little scientific evidence presented here for or against this opinion. Hopefully it’s a fun read and someone gets something from it.