Packt chats with Jason Williamson, co-author of the new Oracle Information, Integration, Migration and Consolidation book.
Jason is currently an Oracle Client Advisor, serving as a special advisor to Oracle's premier customers in the financial services industry. He has over 17 years of experience in technology and business execution, from software development, product marketing and managment to entrepreneurial enterprises.
Prior to joining Oracle, Jason served as founder and CTO for the construction industry's first SaaS/CRM offering. He led BuildLinks from concept to a multi-million dollar company and forged key financial and business partnerships with Sprint/Nextel and Intuit. This venture opened the door for him to establish a non-profit dedication to entrepreneurial and technology education in developing nations, which enabled the establishment of multiple self-sustaining companies in Latin America.
In addition to his entrepreneurial efforts, Jason has also served in key positions within fortune 500 professional service and financial services firms. And, something you might not have known, he has also served his country in the United States Marine Corps.
How would you sum up the Oracle Information, Integration, Migration and Consolidation book?
"At it's core this book is about how you architect an organization, so that disparate data sources play well together. We understand that every shop is not a pure Oracle, IBM or Microsoft house and because of this we need to help organizations build systems, interfaces and processes to create information out of data so that businesses can react. We do feel that Oracle has best of breed tools and products to get this done and we show you when and how to migrate, integrate and consolidate."
What made you want to write this book?
"Every organization, large and small, are faced with the challenge of creating that single version of the truth. I have been to so many customers that can see the end game, but don't know the best path to get there. My intent with this book was to allow people to see a path to completion by providing hands-on examples. The book doesn't cover every scenario, but does a good job of explaining many concrete examples. The reader will come away with a good model for how to get integration work done and what tools are available to accomplish this goal."
How would you describe your writing style?
"People often ask me when I have the time to write - I fly a lot and I find that the time on the plane or in a hotel room is conducive to getting words in my head on paper. I have four kids at home, so writing there can be a bit of a challenge! It means you have to write fast and furious, but once you get into the groove, the words flow"
What do you see for the future of this Oracle technology area?
"Data integration and consolidation will continue to be a huge project focus for customers in the foreseeable future. There are continued economic pressures to reduce costs yet provide robust services. The next, and growing trend is Big Data, which cannot be accomplished if organizations can't get a handle on integration and migration. So, this will continue to be a core issue for years to come"
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