Hello and Happy New Year! In 2014 I will be starting my Experts Q&A Interview Series with various experts in the Oracle industry. I hope to learn a great deal from these Oracle experts during the interviews and the good news is you can get involved!The list of experts is secret for the moment but rest assured it will include some of the Oracle industries brightest names, and my goal is to give you the information you need to enter or dominate your local Oracle Consulting market.
I’m doing some research at the moment on the size of the Oracle market, and one quick way is to do some Linkedin searches to find out the state of the nation. I looked at two aspects of this How many Oracle people are there in my market? How Much Experience does my competition have? How Many Oracle People are there in my Market? One of the Four Pillars of a Consulting Career (http://bit.ly/QcxlUs) is “Position Yourself”. So as an Oracle person what do you call yourself?
How do you influence people to work with you, or persuade people your approach is correct? Is there a way to influence people to your way of thinking? Can you use the principles of persuasion and influence people to get your project through? A few years ago I read a book called Influence – The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini, one of the world’s foremost thinkers on influence and persuasion. The book is a fascinating read, explaining why people say Yes, and detailing his six universal principles of persuasion: Reciprocation Commitment and Consistency Social Proof Liking Authority Scarcity
Facebook, Google, Linkedin, Twitter, Paypal, eBay, VMWare, EMC, Symantec, Bord Gais, Vodafone, AIB, CRH, Accenture, Deloitte & Touche…..the list of companies using Oracle in Ireland is almost endless. A recent survey estimates 4,500 IT vacancies in Ireland, and highlights Oracle as one of the key In-demand skills in demand by these employers. On 23rd May 2013 a skills audit carried out by Fast Track to IT was published. This organization carried out a survey of 38 multinational and Smaller Medium Enterprises that together employ 25,000 people in Ireland.
“This book is about technology consulting companies and how a technology professional might be successful working for one…. …Consider this book something of a career guide that maps out how most firms work, covers the kinds of employers to avoid, and provides some sample career paths beyond the career paths you would normally think about in a technology company. I have aimed to provide a good mixture of advice and realism, mixed with a bit of inspiration and unconventional advice… …there are not many books on how a technology services practice is run.” I have worked alongside people from consulting