Oracle GroundbreakersAuthor: Oracle Corporation
09 Mar 2021

Oracle Groundbreakers

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Conversations with thought leaders and experts in modern software development from across the Oracle community and beyond.

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    #390: Dmitry Alexandrov on Microservices, Project Helidon, and Building the Community

    In this episode Jim Grisanzio talks with Dmitry Alexandrov about his session at Jfokus 2021. Dmitry is a well known speaker at Java conferences globally, and at this month's Jfokus he ran a live coding session on Project Helidon, which is a collection of Java libraries for writing microservices. Dmitry covered the performance improvements and new features in Helidon 2.1. See his session abstract here.

    But Helidon is not just a Java engineering project for writing microservices. It's also an Open Source project. So developers can contribute globally via the community on GitHub. This is the real power of the technology -- the people sharing their experience and contributing to the project. And this is where Dmitry really gets emotional when he talks about Helidon. As a software developer, he loves the technology, but there's something special about his tone when he talks about the people he meets in the community.

    Dmitry has been a Java Champion for several years now, and he recently jointed Oracle in Bulgaria. Get him on Twitter @bercut2000. Jim Grisanzio is a Sr. Community Manager in Oracle Developer Marketing in Japan. Get him on Twitter @jimgris. Video from the interview is on YouTube.

  • Posted on 10 Feb 2021

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    #389: Tech Predictions for 2021

    Predicting the future isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. In the absence of having a magical crystal ball, it requires amongst other things, experience, vision, creativity, good judgement, recognizing patterns beyond the obvious and a track record. When I think of making predictions, or forecasting the future, I am thinking of people who can determine inflection points. This is not an easy task, and there are some people like serial entrepreneurs who do it better than others. It doesn’t mean they get it right all the time or in all aspects of life, but they can do it well in a particular field.

    In that regard, Bob Quillin who is a serial entrepreneur graced this Podcast, and gave us a year in review of 2020 and his predictions for 2021. Here are the five plus one bonus inflection points as far tech and the cloud goes for 2021:

    1. 1The Agility Imperative Explodes
    2. Scale & Scalability
    3. Technical Debt - Bill Comes Due Now
    4. Lift and Shift Experiment Fails
    5. Modernization Gets Modern
    6. Bonus inflection point: Family, Life Balance, Health is #1

    Bob Quillin, Chief Ecosystem Officer, vFunction

    Read the complete show notes here.

  • Posted on 19 Jan 2021

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    #388: Combatting COVID-19 with Oracle APEX and Cloud (OCI)

    Oracle’s COVID-19 therapeutic learning system is not just another APEX application  but it is also an Oracle cloud story, and it’s a human-technology story.  This application is used by patients to enter their health status as well as clinicians and physicians to track the efficacy of treatments for coronavirus. We go behind the scenes and hear the back story, from some of the developers, their roles and how it all got started and the road ahead.


    Previous Podcasts have covered what low code platforms are and looked at the capabilities of such a platform, Oracle Application Express (APEX)

    In this program a panel of three experts, share how a nationally visible program, Oracle’s COVID-19 Therapeutic Learning System was designed and built in record time. The panel features:


    Joel R. Kallman, Senior Director, Software Development, Oracle America, Inc.

    Scott Spendolini, Director, Software Development, Oracle America, Inc.

    Shakeeb Rahman: Design Lead for Oracle APEX, Oracle America, Inc.


    Read the complete show notes here.

  • Posted on 15 Dec 2020

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    #387 Managing Massive Change & Thriving in the Chaos of 2020

    Jim Grisanzio from the Oracle Groundbreakers Developer Marketing Team talks with Simerjeet Singh, an entrepreneur and professional keynote speaker based in India who loves helping people see opportunities in all circumstances.

    First, some background. In December 2019 Simerjeet was the keynote speaker at the All India Oracle Users Group's annual conference, Sangam, in Hyderabad, India (photos). He spoke about thriving in a "VUCA World" -- Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous). See our interview here on YouTube right after his keynote.

    Our conversation in this podcast episode (video here) is a recent follow up to that initial meeting at Sangam 19. We talk about some of the challenges 2020 has brought into our lives and how developers and administrators can adapt and thrive when situations are totally out of control.

    Jim Grisanzio: Twitter @jimgris

    Simerjeet Singh: Twitter @SimerjeetSingh



  • Posted on 18 Nov 2020

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    #386: AI and Machine Learning the Good the Bad and the Future

    Autonomous technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are on the tip of every tongue in tech. But what is the difference between AI and ML? What are interesting use cases? What is “under the hood” of AI/ML and the algorithms that power ML models?

    We have three Subject Matter Experts who share their insights into a fascinating and at times humorous conversation.

    • Charlie Berger, Sr. Director of Product Management for Machine Learning, AI and Cognitive Analytics at Oracle.
    • Heli Helskyaho, CEO Miracle Finland  Oracle ACE Director, Groundbreaker Ambassador. Author. Doctoral student, University of Helsinki. Also known as HeliFromFinland.
    • Katharine Jarmul, Head of Product at Cape Privacy, she is a Privacy activist, AI dissenter, machine learning engineer. Author and teacher for O'Reilly.

    Listen to learn about what makes AI and ML solutions powerful as well as the challenges we face from them. Charlie, Heli and Katharine explain some of the fundamentals about this revolutionary technology but also share personal stories which make for a memorable Podcast.

    Read the complete show notes here.

  • Posted on 21 Oct 2020


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