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In a few weeks time Ill be delivering a webinar about Oracle Exalytics.  The goal of the webinar won’t be to encourage you to run out and buy an Exalytics server, but rather to educate the public on the pros and cons of Exalytics.  As the EPM Infrastructure Practice Manager at CheckPoint, I and my team have been engaged with two of the largest ongoing Exalytics implementations in North America. We have a number of lessons learned about Exalytics and its surrounding technologies, such as ZFS and Exadata. 

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Recently I was approached by ODTUG EPM newsletter to pen an article for a new section titled “Blast from the Past”. As I sat to gather my notes I was taken down memory lane and was brought back to my childhood.  Nostalgia easily conjures up the happiest of thoughts; Ovaltine, video games and Sesame Street. Today, I bring you down the Hyperion memory lane. Looking back at the Hyperion succession forced me to recognize that technology does not evolve in a silo.

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Over the last five years I have spent the bulk of my career focused on big data and big data technologies. I have advised many of the Fortune 100 companies in regards to their data strategies. Early collaborative discussions with the client help ensure that our strategy is aligned not only with the current big data trends but also aligned with the future of big data. The zigs and zags of big data technology have required not only an agile team but an experienced team. The right technologies, with the right plan designed by the right people can place an organization like yours at the top of a very competitive landscape.

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I am just wrapping up my first month at CheckPoint and what a month it has been. As much as things have changed it is amazing how similar certain activities can be between my role as Sr. Director of Product Management for Data Integration and my role as Practice Leader of Data and Governance for CheckPoint. One of the best aspects of my job has always been the customer interaction, and that has not changed at CheckPoint. There is nothing better than knowing you have truly helped your customer; whether this is talking with a Data Architect on the best technology for big data streaming or advising a CIO on how to achieve the next level of value out of their data infrastructure. During these first four weeks I have visited with in-person several CheckPoint customers, many are repeat customers too. Imagine that! I am happy to report that many of the implementations were well beyond the initial phases of the implementation with no issues. Commitments are solid – no over promising and under delivering here.

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