OGB Appreciation Day: How @Oracle #Cloud Has Impacted Me

#ThanksOGB

It’s that annual time of year again, except that I nearly missed it this time. We are paying homage to the Oracle Groundbreakers community, Oracle Product Management and Development teams, and Oracle in general. If you want to know more about why so many write on this appreciation day, see Tim Hall’s blog post here.

This year, instead of writing about a particular technical feature or Oracle site, I’m going to talk briefly about how Oracle Cloud has impacted my career.

I started my career decades ago with a little ‘ole product called Hyperion Essbase. For those of you who don’t know what it is, it’s part of the OLAP stack and is a proprietary multi-dimensional database. Fast forward 2 decades later and it’s now owned by the software conglomerate Oracle, and is *the* muscle behind multiple Oracle EPM Cloud solutions. Today, this product is classified under Analytics.

When I think back to that time, Cloud wasn’t even a thought back then.

Over 5 years ago, I heard Shankar Viswanathan talking about Oracle EPM’s future direction on a platform called “Cloud”. Hardly anyone was paying attention then. It seemed like another strange new direction and none of us got it.

Fast forward to today and Cloud is my entire life. I changed consulting firms to be part of this new vision. And I’m so glad I did. My career is now an ever-evolving story, with interesting twists and turns. And I have never been so busy. I’m branching out beyond my comfort zone and learning about all sorts of technologies that never even existed in this space before.

I wonder what this world will look like in the next 5 years.

Thanks to the Oracle Groundbreaker’s community for providing a network of amazing experts from all walks of life. It’s been an amazing ride and I appreciate many of you!

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