Howdy. My name's John Piwowar. In the last dozen or so years, I've worked as a database administrator (Ingres and Oracle), application server administrator, ad server administrator, and de facto Linux systems administrator. All of that variety aside, much of my work has been has been in the Oracle product space, focussed on the RDBMS, so when I don't have this blog to blather in, I just simplify the list and tell people I'm an Oracle DBA. These days, my primary focus is on Oracle E-Business Suite. I'm currently working as an Oracle Apps DBA for The Pythian Group, working remotely from my home in Vancouver, BC, Canada (originally from Pittsburgh, PA, USA...Go Steelers, and um, Go Penguins, assuming there's ever NHL hockey again).
More briefly stated: Hi, I'm John. I make other peoples' software work.
Blog comments are the reward pellets that keep the hamster spinning the wheel. If you'd prefer not to engage in public conversation, however, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that my willingness to provide an email address does not imply a guaranteed response time.
Other places to find me:
Certified, or just certifiable?
I'm an Oracle 9i OCP DBA, which I think means that I'm allowed to display the following logo:
I've also passed exam 1Z0-233, which in combination with the 9i OCP DBA certification grants the Oracle 11i Applications Database Administrator OCP designation.
I've also upgraded my 9i OCP DBA certification to 10g. Once I get some actual 11g RDBMS work under my belt, instead of mucking around in a personal lab environment, I'll tackle the next upgrade exam.
And finally (for now, anyway), thanks to beta exam 1Z1-238, I'm also a Certified Oracle E-Business Suite R12 Applications Database Administrator.