Article Written by Aidan Duffy - The hours tick down towards Go-Live
I am a big believer in creating a "Knowledge Sharing Culture". Below is a article written by Aiden Duffy an Oracle Consultant based in Ireland and he is sharing his insights:(From the comments received, you should expect more guest bloggers sharing their knowledge and experience on appsconsultant.com)
The hours tick down towards Go-Live.
Tomorrow morning the new system will be switched on. Billions of dollars of transactions will start to flow through the framework I have created.
This is where it all begins. My program is the gateway to Oracle. The rest of the processes and the success of the project depend on me.
This Client has implemented Oracle in multiple European markets, but nothing as difficult as this before. They chose to work on this market last. It was expected to be the most challenging; they were right about that.
I have been stretched far beyond what I expected. I have managed a team of inexperienced people. I completed tasks I didn’t think I could do. I have made many personal sacrifices. I’ve put way too much of myself into this, for it to go wrong.
I have learned a lot about myself. I can execute tasks and perform well under pressure, even in the “white heat” of a large Oracle project. At the end of tomorrow, I will present the metrics at the Go-Live meeting. I need to be able to say ‘We had a good first day’. Nothing less will be accepted. Dare I hope to say, ‘everything got through successfully, 100%’?
Despite all this though, I feel calm. I have double and triple checked everything, and tested from every possible angle. I’ve used the experience gained over many years as a consultant. I have leveraged the relationships I’ve built up over the life span of the project. I am happy this will be enough.
I can’t wait for tomorrow.
I have been an Oracle consultant since 1999. Many Clients have paid me thousands of dollars to help them with Oracle. I have worked with the largest multinational Clients including Accenture, General Electric & Pfizer. I have worked in the hottest locations in the world, such as London, Prague, NewYork, Amsterdam. This book will tell you how to position yourself intelligently, package your experience, promote yourself to the Oracle market, & partner with the right people.
When I say position yourself, I mean, exactly what do you know about Oracle? Can other people understand exactly what you do? Can you explain it in a single sentence? If you are short on skills, what are you missing? How can you get those missing skills?
Package Your Experience
You have some experience in Oracle, but can you communicate that in your resume or profile? Have you really thought hard about what you can do, and where you might fit in a project team?
A lot of consultants think promoting yourself stops when you start a new role and starts again when you finish up. They couldn’t be more wrong. Promoting yourself is an everyday activity both with your current & potential new employers.
Partner with the Right People
As a consultant you need to partner with your client, with other consultancies and with end client staff, in order to succeed. This book will tell you how to interact with these people. It will also tell you what is expected of a consultant, and how to be retained by a client.
One of my managers said the most memorable thing about me was that it was obvious that I really cared about what I was doing. I think we’ve gotten too far away from that in the consulting world. Some consultants have one aim in life, to maximize their billable time. I will talk about how to act with integrity, respect the Clients you are working for, and the people you are working with.”
The above is the Introduction to my new book “The Oracle Opportunity – A Blueprint for Success as an Oracle Consultant”. Once I had completed the book I spread the good news by publishing on Oracle interest websites & blogs, telling as many people I could about this great new blueprint for Oracle EBusiness Consultants. Oracle had started an exclusive program of Oracle Influencers, so that consultants, industry analysts, bloggers & clients could share information on Oracle products.
They consider me to be an authority on Oracle consulting, and were looking to provide a tool to help Oracle consultants thrive in today’s market. The book was a perfect fit for them as it was directly aimed at all Oracle consultants, and not only specific to the EBusiness/Financials suite. Oracle are delighted with the results of the collaboration, and the book is very popular with members of the program!
You can get the book on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/Toqeru
Wishing your continued success in your Oracle career,