Article Written by Aidan Duffy - The hours tick down towards Go-Live

on Thursday, 21 February 2013. Posted in General - Misc. Tips


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

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.

Position Yourself

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?

Promote Yourself

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:

Feel free to connect with me on Linkedin using this link, and check out my blog for lots more information on Oracle Consulting:

Wishing your continued success in your Oracle career,

Aidan Duffy


Comments (9)

  • John Jarche

    John Jarche

    21 February 2013 at 00:59 |
    Hi Aidan just bookmarked your site. Alex great initiative enjoy your original content. Keep it up
  • Michael


    21 February 2013 at 01:41 |
    Good points, I live in USA and the landscape is changing fast, managers used to protect themselves by bringing in their friends and making sure the requirements cannot be filled, that wall seems to have been broken in the US a concrete example: business analyst before we used to say no technical specialist must be an accountant now oracle has simplified the financial stream with great documentation and know with the willingness to learn you can now understand the techical and functional aspect of the modules quite rapidly if you have prior Oracle experience.
  • Aidan


    21 February 2013 at 09:14 |
    Hi Michael
    Thanks for the comment. I started as a technical guy who wanted to expand my horizons. I built up my functional knowledge and reputation within my client and transferred into a functional and finally project management role. Personally I find good blogs a very useful supplement to the documentation. I agree there is a lot you can learn by looking around for opportunities within your current client but also by asking your network for help.
    • Michael


      21 February 2013 at 12:15 |
      Thank you Aidan great points, I also bookmarked your site
  • Linda Lam

    Linda Lam

    21 February 2013 at 12:32 |
    Another important point is that blogs give you a better reality, and the sites of the major players like Oracle, SAP, IBM, Microsoft provide you more marketing information and buzzwords (they will always try to sell you the easy button sales pitch). In my everyday job I always try to consult independent advice like your blog and, to balance my decision making.
  • Aidan


    21 February 2013 at 15:26 |
    Hi Linda
    Thanks for the comment. I know Oracle consulting guys who are not always happy with what pre-sales promise, as they are on the hook to deliver it!
  • PM Big 5 Consulting

    PM Big 5 Consulting

    21 February 2013 at 23:50 |
    Linda I agree with your comment so true, i work for a Big 5 firm, since they're is big money involved games are being played, easy button is one, budget is another until project is awarded and then we start playing the change request game, and the other one is are firms resources are the best and experts in all fields, we usually try to place anyone that is on currently un-billable, a bit unethical for the rates we charge but everyone is doing this. Aidan your comment on Partnership make sure you partner with the integrator, I have seen over and over indepenedent consultants trying to challenge the consulting firm and getting axed or discredited by the firm. I have been a PM for the last 10 years somehow miserable in my job but it pays well and helped me raise my 3 kids currently all in their teens. Alex like your youtube videos on OUM.
  • Aidan


    22 February 2013 at 10:24 |
    Hi PM Big 5

    Thanks for your candor and comments. Indeed if the Big 5 are on site then you must form a good working relationship with them, and even then you will feel like you are "sitting in one of their seats". However challenging an incorrect approach is part of your responsibility to the client, who are paying your wages after all. The possibility of discredit & being axed is a risk, but in my experience a mature client will be aware of the competition, and therefore mostly ignore the opinions as long are you personally are delivering. Competition is just a part of dealing with Big 5; I expect it at this stage.

    On another note since I read the Nomadic Developer by Aaron Erickson I have a better understanding of the life of Big 5 consultants, outside the actual project. I have been working with Big 5 for years but never had a conversation about that side of working life so it was interesting.

  • Maureen


    27 February 2013 at 02:35 |
    Please let me know if you're looking for a writer for your weblog. You have some really great articles and I feel I would be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I'd love to write some material for your blog in exchange for a
    link back to mine. Please blast me an e-mail if interested.

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