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October 31, 2016

So Long ACED

Filed under: Non-technical — Jonathan Lewis @ 7:53 pm GMT Oct 31,2016

… and thanks for all the fish.

Today I removed myself from the OTN ACE program. This isn’t a reflection on anything to do with the ACE program – quite the reverse, in fact – it’s because they’re introducing steps to ensure that the ACE Directors can justify their titles. Unfortunately, as anyone who has gone through (e.g.) ISO 9001 certification can tell you, quality assurance tends to translate into paperwork and ticking boxes – and while I can always find time to write up some interesting feature of Oracle I really find it hard to prioritise time for filling in forms.

In the last 4 months I’ve failed to file my monthly list of relevant activities twice, failed to request funding for two of the international conferences I’ve spoken at, and failed to submit claims against the two for which I had requested and received funding approval – so there really was no hope of me being motivated to collect all the extra details that the new regime requires.

So, best wishes to the ACE program – I’m still happy to do what I’ve been doing for the last 25+ years, and I’ll still be meeting up with ACEDs, but I’ll just be wearing one label less as I do it.


  1. :-( Maybe there should be Honorary ACED title for legends like you! You do so much for the Oracle community.

    Comment by tb1ju — October 31, 2016 @ 8:28 pm GMT Oct 31,2016 | Reply

    • Thanks for the comment.

      I think I saw a note about there being an “alumnus” (or “alumna”, as appropriate) status that might apply.

      The main point, of course, is that I managed to do things before ACEs were invited, and I didn’t change what I was doing while an ACE, and I won’t change after ceasing being an ACE.

      Comment by Jonathan Lewis — October 31, 2016 @ 10:43 pm GMT Oct 31,2016 | Reply

  2. It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles. I wished I had gotten not only oracle but also math course from you, where the answer was 42 :)

    Comment by fsengonul — October 31, 2016 @ 8:31 pm GMT Oct 31,2016 | Reply

  3. I can sympathize with your reasoning. This is certainly a loss for the ACE program.

    Comment by jkstill — October 31, 2016 @ 10:04 pm GMT Oct 31,2016 | Reply

    • Not really, because I’ll still be doing the things I always used to do.

      The only difference, perhaps, is that I won’t go to OpenWorld so often – but then, I’m try to cut back on long-haul flights anyway and Oracle was fairly persistent in not accepting my abstracts, which is a large part of the general principle of the ACE program.

      Comment by Jonathan Lewis — October 31, 2016 @ 10:46 pm GMT Oct 31,2016 | Reply

  4. sad news :(, though you will keep contributing, it would be near impossible to have your sessions in user group meets.

    Comment by vijaysehgal — October 31, 2016 @ 10:45 pm GMT Oct 31,2016 | Reply

    • There’s always the possibility of video-conference participation. But I think I’d have to change my broadband for a higher speed on the up-line before I’d be happy to do that so that I could get a camera on the audience at the same time.

      Comment by Jonathan Lewis — October 31, 2016 @ 11:06 pm GMT Oct 31,2016 | Reply

  5. I suppose it was inevitable that they would introduce this sort of thing.
    Unfortunately it would first affect folks like you:
    long recognized and accepted as major contributors to the user community.
    Looking forward to your next visit to Australia, whenever it happens.

    Comment by Noons — October 31, 2016 @ 11:08 pm GMT Oct 31,2016 | Reply

  6. A blow to the ACE program. The Oracle community is fortunate to have you blogging, thinking, speaking and teaching.

    Comment by Natalka — November 1, 2016 @ 12:28 am GMT Nov 1,2016 | Reply

  7. Perhaps somebody at the ACE program thinks that every participant has, or should hire, an assistant to handle administrivia like that? It seems unlikely that you’d hire an assistant just to keep on top of this, if you didn’t already have an assistant anyway.

    Comment by Jason B. — November 1, 2016 @ 3:02 am GMT Nov 1,2016 | Reply

  8. So bad that we will miss you at OTN Tours and sometimes at OOW. Thank you for your support to Oracle Community and looking forward to meet you again, master.

    Comment by Kamran Aghayev — November 1, 2016 @ 5:15 am GMT Nov 1,2016 | Reply

  9. It’s important what you do, not what your title is.

    Comment by avatova — November 1, 2016 @ 1:09 pm GMT Nov 1,2016 | Reply

  10. An Ace Director of exempt status level is obviously needed.

    Comment by rsiz — November 1, 2016 @ 2:06 pm GMT Nov 1,2016 | Reply

  11. This makes me feel better about them not responding to my application for well over six month even after promising a response within four weeks.

    Comment by Tim — November 1, 2016 @ 2:46 pm GMT Nov 1,2016 | Reply

  12. Hi Jonathan,
    Now, you can join Kevin Closson as another Oracle Ace (ret). Hopefully, you will continue your good work as an Oracle expert? I am still expecting few more of your books about optimizer.

    Comment by mgogala — November 1, 2016 @ 5:14 pm GMT Nov 1,2016 | Reply

  13. In most cases I would feel sorry as it would reduce the likelihood of me seeing the person again. In your case, I’m still going to bump into you at all the usual events, so it really doesn’t change much. Happy days. :)

    I totally get your reasoning. I too am terrible at forms and haven’t filled in the newsletter submission for ages. It’s going to take some time to get used to the new world order. :)

    See you soon.



    Comment by oraclebase — November 1, 2016 @ 10:21 pm GMT Nov 1,2016 | Reply

  14. Oracle should introduce a new category, ACEG – aka ACE Gods, for specialists like you, afforded once and forever :) :)

    I still hope for future opportunities to listen to you live.

    Keep up with all your excellent work, the entire community will be highly grateful for all that you are doing for us :):)

    Thanks & Best Regards,
    Iudith Mentzel

    Comment by IUDITH MENTZEL — November 3, 2016 @ 12:30 am GMT Nov 3,2016 | Reply

  15. わすれられない言葉 – Unforgettable word

    Jonathan LewisがOracle ACEDを辞されたというニュースはシ

    Trackback by Mac De Oracle — December 24, 2016 @ 3:07 am GMT Dec 24,2016 | Reply

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