Martin’s been working with Oracle tech since ‘92. He joined Oracle by accident. When at Oracle he worked in the Healthcare dept on Forms/Reportwriter coding, VLDB stuff & PL/SQL when it was new, fresh & (frankly) a bit limited. Leaving Oracle he worked for half a dozen companies doing stuff. He then worked for the UK side of the Human Genome Project (finally using a degree in genetics & zoology) looking after massive databases. The US claims they did the lot but it was a world-wide consortium. Go the world. After that Martin worked for many companies doing VLDB, performance, design and PL/SQL work. Nothing great but lots of experience. Now he blogs, presents, writes and does User Groups. He works when someone asks him to help. Martin likes beer, wine, cats & industrial gardening. Part of him wishes he could take the work side more seriously but, hey, it’s the same stuff repeated. Fundamentally, it is about making IT systems support the business. Everything else is Froo-froo.