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John Watson


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  • Oracle Database Administration:
    • Skilled at exploiting all database capabilities and options, to optimize the user's investment.
    • Proven abilities with RAC, ASM, Data Guard, RMAN, Streams, Partitioning, Parallel Processing, Security Options, and Performance Tuning.
    • Member of Oracle Corporation's beta program for new releases.
    • SQL statement tuning
    • Familiar with both OEM and command line techniques for all administration work
  • APEX Administration and Implementation


  • E-Business Suite Administration
  • Application Server administration: OAS and Fusion Middleware For E-Business Suite and third party applications.
  • Internet Directory and Single Sign-On
  • Forms, Reports, and Discoverer servers
  • PL/SQL gateway
  • OC4J and WebLogic
Secondary skills are either skills we haven't used in a very long time or may have used recently, but not in-depth.

John is SkillBuilders Oracle Database Administration guru; officially John is SkillBuilder's Director of Oracle Database Services.

John is an Oracle Certified Master Database Administrator. He is a practitioner, scientist, lecturer and prolific author.

John has more than twenty years experience in the Oracle technology stack. He is an accomplished development and production Oracle DBA. He has many years of experience working with user communities, development and support staff, and senior management.

John is also an author of market leading books on Oracle technology including:

Before joining SkillBuilders, John was an Internal Technical Support Consultant for Oracle Corporation and lecturer throughout Europe and Africa.

John is an expert at evaluating clients' needs against the capabilities of the Oracle product set, with the objective of minimizing cost and maximizing function through making innovative use of advanced capabilities. John is able to mentor and motivate development staff, and liaise with user communities.

Personally, John lives in a picture-postcard village in England with his wife and numerous cats and a dog. Sometimes he tries to play his electric guitar, so far not very successfully; He's much better at Argentine Tango and Ballroom dancing.


Oracle University, October 2013 through April 2014, "Custom Oracle 12c Training", Training Oracle Corporation EMEA support consultants.

Brown University, March 2014, Oracle APEX Configuration Consulting, Migrate APEX to new server, Research to install and configure ORDS (new APEX Listener), testing. Assist with planning. Go-live support.

AAA - SNE, March 2014, Oracle Database Consulting, Oracle 12c Data Guard Consulting, Fix problems with Data Guard standby setup in Windows environment.

Waters, December 2013, Oracle APEX Consulting, Design and code the SQL and PL/SQL for an Oracle APEX Application - a replacement for Oracle Enterprise Manager

Oracle University, September 2013. Advanced Replication and Streams Training.

State of North Dakota, 8/16/2013, Training, Oracle Advanced Security Training, Custom database security training.

NCDOL,6/14/2013, Oracle Database Consulting, Install Oracle Database 11g, Configure APEX and APEX listener, Glassfish, Weblogic

Soraa,5/1/2013, Oracle Database Consulting, Oracle Licensing, Saved customer money with Standard Edition...taught customer about SE Standby Databases!

Fidelity Investment Management Technology, 4/16/2013, Training, Classroom, Oracle Training, Custom Oracle SQL Tuning for internal staff.

NCDOL,2/22/2013, Oracle APEX Consulting, APEX Configuration, Configure APEX listener.

Montana State University, 6/22/2012, Oracle Database Training, Custom RMAN and DataGuard and RAC training for internal IT staff (experienced DBAs)

Subaru of America, 5/11/2012, Oracle 11g SQL Tuning classes for IT staff. Experienced DBAs and Developers


  • Oracle 12c Database Certified Implementation Specialist
  • Oracle 12c Database Administrator Certified Associate
  • Oracle Exadata 11g Certified Implementation Specialist
  • Oracle Certified Master DBA (11g and 10g)
  • Oracle Certified Professional, Database Administrator (releases 11g, 10g, 9i, 8i, 8.0)
  • Oracle Certified Expert: Performance Tuning; Real Application Clusters; Managing Oracle on Linux
  • BSc Information Technology