Update on why I’m finishing the Oracle blog in Ireland

Another month begins with November! Was a long Halloween this year. Some exciting news as my role is changing and I’m moving away from working on Oracle jobs and working more with the public sector industry. The new split would be 75% on my time on public sector and 25% on Oracle. This is because the business opportunity is greater in public sector so need to follow this path.

This unfortunately means that I won’t be able to maintain the Oracle blog as regularly as before, which is a pity. Hope everyone enjoyed the blog and will keep in touch on Oracle events!

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Slides from Dublin meetup on Oracle systems Security Availability in the cloud

Thanks to Gary O’Connor and everyone who came to the Oracle meetup last night in Dublin city centre. Have attached the slides to see what was covered. Obviously not as enlightening as hearing in person but gives a great flavour, hopefully will schedule the next one in a few months!

Powerpoint presentation to see the slides yourself:

Oracle Systems Security Availability in the cloud

“Oracle Systems: Security and availability in the Cloud”

 

Thanks to Surren Partabh who spoke about “Journey to the Cloud” and “Database as a service” last night at the meetup. He was a true gent who was passionate about his work, also had some great war stories to share. Slides go up on Monday so stay tuned!

 

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Details about next event just announced:

 

Dublin is becoming the IT capital of Europe, it’s a phrase I hear more and more when skyping with candidates in Italy, Spain, Eastern Europe on their reason on why they’re moving to Ireland. Part of this is the growth of all organisations in IT including the increased use of Oracle technologies, it’s an exciting time to be at the forefront of change in our world.

As part of this, I want to build a community to share information about the most interesting Oracle developments to accelerate this growth, this will be giving you the chance to learn from your peers as well as networking with other Oracle users to increase your connections for future opportunities for collaboration. That is why have organised this event around the most popular topics for Oracle at the moment, the Cloud. This event will be held at our office on 80 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 on Thursday the 18th of October from 6.30pm to 8pm. There is a plan to have pizza and drinks at the event as well, the areas covered will be: The topics will be
Personal Introduction.
• Why do we need to secure data, some statistics.
• Systems availability, some statistics.
• How do we secure our data & keep systems available.
• Secure Operations Centre
• TLS at the load balancer
• Protect the webtier, Mod Security
• The Data Center
• Securing data at rest TDE
• Q&A

• Networking
Speaker will be Gary O’Connor (https://www.linkedin.com/in/GaryOConnor/ ), former IT services manager in Core HR.
You can RSVP and be kept updated on the event. If you’re interested in more updates on Oracle news and happenings in Ireland then connect with me on Linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/conormulloy/) or follow my blog (https://conormulloyoraclerecruiter.wordpress.com/ )
Hope to see you there!
Note: This is nonaffiliated with OUG Ireland

Slides from recent Oracle meetup in Cork on Oracle Security

Thanks to Gary O’Connor, Contracting Plus and everyone who came to the Oracle meetup last week in Cork. Have attached some pictures of beautiful Cork below and the slides to see what was covered. Obviously not as enlightening as hearing in person but gives a great flavour, hopefully will schedule the next one in a few months

Powerpoint presentation to see the slides yourself:

Oracle Systems Security Availability in the cloud

 

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7 Things to know before moving to Ireland for an IT job

Working with a lot of people who are relocating to Ireland and have gathered these useful tips so thought I would share:

  1. You need a proof of address for almost everything official in Ireland including bank account, employment and accommodation. Try to get your name on a household bill before you arrive.
    • If not possible: as soon as you have your PPS number then register at the department of revenue (http://revenue.ie/en/Home.aspx). Then you`ll get a letter (takes 7 working days) with your pin code and that is a valid proof of address.
  2. Bank information and comparisons:  http://www.moneyguideireland.com/comparison-of-bank-charges-in-ireland.html
  3. Make an appointment online to get a PPS number (https://www.mywelfare.ie/Account/Login) , they will accept your official contract from your employer as a proof of address. Do it as soon as you are in Ireland as it takes 7 working days to get this number.
  4. Go for an Irish phone number as soon as you have a proof of address and an Irish bank account number. If you don’t have this with you, you can only get a prepaid card.
  5. As soon as you have your PPS number (similar to a social security), register with the department of revenue and send your PPS asap to your employer (person in Human Resources).
  6. Keep in mind: If your employment date is in the middle of the month you may not get paid until the end of that month.
  7. You can register online for the Dublin bikes and get the card by post. (http://www.dublinbikes.ie/)

 

If you like this information, connect or follow me on LinkedIn to see similar updates:(https://www.linkedin.com/in/conormulloy/),

4 differences between CVs for contract and CVs for permanent

It’s that time of year again when all the back to school offers are in the windows, it’s an also an exciting time for recruiters as the contract market is the busiest during September and October. During this time, I usually work with a lot of people who are new to contracting and show them how to optimise their CV for contract jobs. I’ve compiled the main points below to help you understand and use it for your own benefit, please comment with any of your own tips to help the community!

  1. Write down a skills matrix at the top: Experienced contractors write down a skills matrix at the top of their CV to showcase their skills. Usually contract jobs are looking for niche skills and years experience with it, this is essential for project work such as implementations or upgrades. If the hiring manager and recruiter can quickly identify why you would be a good fit then you have a higher chance of getting the job, have highlighted with an example below. On permanent usually they hire more on the personality, overall skillset and growth but for contract, it is an immediate short term need with a specific reason why.Capture1234
  2. Write down previous contract jobs and extensions: If you have contracted previously then make sure to highlight this in the CV, especially if you have extensions. Familiarity with the process, mindset and delivery is prized for jobs. If you’ve been extended then this shows your value to the company, good enough to keep round! If you have several contract jobs but never been extended then this is a sign to be concerned. Understandable there is a few short projects but usually projects will run over or new ones pop up quickly in the same firm.
  3. Keep it concise: Personally would recommend not going over 6 pages for a CV, I’ve read resumes with 12/13 pages which are highly detailed with informative project work but the human mind can only digest a certain amount of information. Hiring managers usually spend maximum 60 seconds scanning a CV before having a gut feeling on whether it’s positive or negative. Usually they would read 6 CVs, if they are each 12 pages then this is 72 pages, longer than a short story! Stand out and have it condensed. Bonus points if you tailor your CV to the job and highlight previous jobs which were similar, make the decision makers life as easy as possible!
  4. References: Have references ready or on the CV, you will need name, phone number and email address. CVs are usually self promotional tools similar to Conor McGregor and if you can back it up with an independent third party validation then this will boost your profile ahead of your competition. You can use Linkedin references here as well if you don’t want to give out other peoples information un-necessarily, as long as someone can attach their name then this can be verified. On permanent this is usually left till after the job offer but in contract this is more towards the start.

Cork meetup: “Oracle Systems: Security and availability in the Cloud”

“Oracle Systems: Security and availability in the Cloud”

Cork is booming for cool Oracle projects and because of this we were inspired to create the first ever Oracle User meetup group in the Rebel city. We want to build a community to share information about the most interesting Oracle developments, giving you the chance to learn from your peers. Another aspect includes networking with other Oracle users to increase your connections for future opportunities. This event is following from our last Cork event in in March around Oracle databases.

As part of this, I want to build a community to share information about the most interesting Oracle developments to accelerate this growth; this will be giving you the chance to learn from your peers as well as networking with other Oracle users to increase your connections for future opportunities for collaboration. That is why have organised this event around the most popular topics for Oracle at the moment, Security and availability in the Cloud.

This event will be held at our office at the Contracting PLUS, (Expert Accountants, for IT Contractors), offices in Cork Airport Business Park, (T12 E6RY 2) on the 14th of September  from 7pm to 8.30pm. There is a plan to have pizza and drinks at the event as well, the areas covered will be:

  • The topics will be
    • Personal Introduction.
    • Why do we need to secure data, some statistics.
    • Systems availability, some statistics.
    • How do we secure our data & keep systems available.
      • Secure Operations Centre
      • TLS at the load balancer
      • Protect the webtier, Mod Security
      • The Data Center
      • Securing data at rest TDE
    • Q&A

You can RSVP and be kept updated on the event here. If you’re interested in more updates on Oracle news and happenings in Ireland then connect with me on Linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/conormulloy/) or follow my blog (https://conormulloyoraclerecruiter.wordpress.com/ )

Hope to see you there!

Note: This is nonaffiliated with OUG Ireland

What is Netsuite and how it affects Oracle ERP in Ireland

The best way to learn about new trends is to simply ask people about them! Everytime I meet someone, I try to ask their predictions or future outlook, when something comes up regularly I do the sensible thing and quickly google it so I can look smarter in my next conversation!

One topic that has come up a bit recently is Netsuite and it’s impact on Oracle products in Ireland. I’m sure that the sales reps may have called you and told you all about it but if not then will go through the basics here with a short opinion here. Save you googling next time after a meeting!

Netsuite is an ERP (enterprise resource planning) product, similar to Oracle Ebusiness, it was bought by Oracle and incorporated into the family on the 7th of November 2016. Interestingly it was founded by a former Oracle employee and Larry Ellison actually owned 40% before the sale, they had to have independent committees checking as there was such a conflict of interests between Oracle and Netsuite.

Largely seen in 1999 as the first cloud computing company founded (1 month before Salesforce), it has the USP that it is software that combines ERP, CRM and ecommerce and runs it all together, helping manage your back office. In my view though, this is a standard sell across the industry so hard to see the true meaning of it. Also lifted this interesting quote out of an article about the ERP market size, scope and potential for cloud worldwide

“Analysts are predicting untold riches in enterprise cloud and ERP-as-a-Service, thanks to the underlying switch from buying on-prem licences. IDC reckons the enterprise SaaS market will be worth $23.8bn by 2018, a CAGR of 17 per cent from 2013. Forester calculates SaaS ERP is growing annually at 25 per cent just as on-prem is declining. Currently, SaaS ERP is less than 10 per cent of the $45bn ERP market.”

Oracle knows which way the wind is blowing as it messed up it’s cloud strategy many years ago, claiming that it would never work and ignoring the other innovators in the industry. Now it seems an Oracle product is hardly launched without cramming Cloud somewhere into the title. At least they have learnt from their mistakes and tried to rectify quickly.

Netsuite has been loss making since inception as is normal with business software and is seen by some as a complimentary market to Oracle EBS (great PR campaign by Oracle!). Netsuite target market is SMB (small and medium size business) where Oracle and SAP target the enterprise level market. A move by Netsuite before the sale was to move the product upwards and aim for the enterprise market, as shown by their pricing and sales strategies. My own view would be that Oracle bought Netsuite as a defensive move to protect their own market and try to compete with new entrants such as Salesforce.

As Oracle has now integrated other legacy purchases into the next upgrade of “Oracle Cloud”, there is reason to believe that Netsuite and it’s functionality will be added in the future. It wouldn’t make sense to invest money into 2 largely similar offerings (of Oracle EBS and Nestuite) when you can sell 1 product to the 2 sets of customers.   My opinion is what Oracle really wanted to buy was the market reach, a new brand and new bunch of potential upsells and cross-sells e.g. selling Oracle database products to these ERP users. All a nice easy fit to fill out the client database.

In Ireland there was minimal companies using Netsuite as the market is ruled by the big 3 of SAP, Oracle and Microsoft Dynamics. Netsuite reps may contact smaller accounts who are “Oracle resistant” and try to use Netsuite as way to start a conversation then work in the pitch Oracle products. You will also see their products at the annual Oracle open day in November and they will talk about the features and benefits, honestly don’t see anything unique about it other than ease of use and price but that may be important for some businesses.

Hope you learnt something, any questions or opinions, please share in the comments section and will answer. If you enjoyed the article send it someone to save them googling Netsuite the next time they hear about it!

If you like this post and would like to hear more like this in the future then add/follow me on LinkedIn or check out my blog https://conormulloyoraclerecruiter.wordpress.com/ to keep updated on everything Oracle in Ireland.

 

New Oracle Event on “Journey to the Cloud” and “Oracle database as a service”

“Journey to the Cloud” and “Oracle database as a service

Dublin is becoming the IT capital of Europe, it’s a phrase I hear more and more when skyping with candidates in Italy, Spain, Eastern Europe on their reason on why they’re moving to Ireland. Part of this is the growth of all organisations in IT including the increased use of Oracle technologies, it’s an exciting time to be at the forefront of change in our world.

As part of this, I want to build a community to share information about the most interesting Oracle developments to accelerate this growth, this will be giving you the chance to learn from your peers as well as networking with other Oracle users to increase your connections for future opportunities for collaboration. That is why have organised this event around the most popular topics for Oracle at the moment, the Cloud.

This event will be held at our office on 80 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 on the 24th of August from 6.30pm to 8pm. There is a plan to have pizza and drinks at the event as well, the areas covered will be:

• The topic will be “Journey to the Cloud’, “Oracle Database as a Service” and “managing and costing the Infrastructure”

• Speaker will be Surren Partabh (https://www.linkedin.com/in/surren-partabh-4832201/ ), head of delivery in Tech Mahindra Ireland. He’s a former director of cloud operations in Synchronoss and CTO/Chief DBA and Technology architect in BT. He’s very engaging and loves a discussion on all things tech, please bring any questions you may have.

• Networking

You can RSVP and be kept updated on the event here (https://www.meetup.com/Ireland-PL-SQL-meetup-group/events/242192185/). If you’re interested in more updates on Oracle news and happenings in Ireland then connect with me on Linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/conormulloy/) or follow my blog (https://conormulloyoraclerecruiter.wordpress.com/ )

Hope to see you there!