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Back At Oracle Corporation (The Return Of The Thin White Duke) November 30, 2011

Posted by Richard Foote in Richard's Musings.

I’ve been very quiet on the blogging front lately, so apologies for that.

One of the main reasons is that after a period of nearly 10 years, I’ve decided to take up a position back at Oracle Corporation as a “Principal Solutions Consultant” in sunny Canberra. So things have been rather hectic, finishing up in my previous job and starting up afresh at Oracle. Things have certainly changed a lot over this time, with new offices and a much larger workforce than worked in Canberra previously. Some things haven’t changed such as I’ve still got my old email address and the same employee number (2020) as before. I’ve got that feeling of being really excited again at work which I’ve missed recently so I’m really looking forward to my many new adventures to come at Oracle.

The good news is that I’ve been given the green light to continue on with my blogging activities so expect action on that front here again soon. I’ll still be keeping it technical (unless there’s a new David Bowie album or Pink Floyd Box-set to discuss of course) and I’ll still be talking mainly about indexes as there’s heaps that I’ll still like to cover such as Secondary Indexes on IOTs as promised previously, as well as looking at more “exotic” indexes such as those for Spatial, XML, Oracle Text etc. There are also a few “rumours” regarding not needing indexes with Exadata which might potentially become full-blown myths if I don’t do something about it🙂

I’ll also get back to answering the various questions that have been building up over the past few weeks.

So stay tuned !!


1. Uwe Hesse - November 30, 2011

I am really happy to see you again being part of the staff! It is no surprise for me that the corporation encourages you to keep your great and well known blog, since that adds only to our reputation.

Welcome back🙂

Richard Foote - December 19, 2011

Hi Uwe

Thanks for your kind comments, it’s great to be “back”. Although I must admit to looking forward to the Christmas break🙂

2. normandunbar - November 30, 2011


sounds to me as if the HR system in use at Oracle never deletes employees – simply flags them as “gone away”. Then, when you return, flags them as “back again” and there you have it!

Forward planning? Do they know that someday you’ll be back? I think we should be told!

Good luck in the new job.


Timur Akhmadeev - November 30, 2011

Sounds like a deleted index entry, which is possible to reuse, right?🙂

Richard Foote - December 19, 2011

Hi Timur

LOL !! Exactly🙂

Gary - December 2, 2011

It’s part of Larry’s “Acquire the Earth” plan. Given enough time, EVERYONE will be an Oracle employee….

Richard Foote - December 19, 2011

Hi Gary

Indeed, Oracle world domination is now within reach🙂

Richard Foote - December 19, 2011

Hi Norm

Indeed, it appears that I was one of few people that never really thought would return🙂

Never say never …

3. Aman.... - November 30, 2011

Good luck Richard for the new role🙂 .


Richard Foote - December 19, 2011

Thanks Aman, much appreciated🙂

4. Surachart Opun - November 30, 2011

Sound great. Good Luck.

Richard Foote - December 19, 2011

Hi Surachart

Thank you🙂

5. Brian Tkatch - December 1, 2011

Great news for you!

Now, convince them to have you write that book…

Richard Foote - December 19, 2011
Brian Tkatch - December 19, 2011

And you’ll vouch for it’s accuracy?🙂

Your blog explains a whole lot more than just how to index. It explains how indexes work with good examples. That’s the stuff that i want to read!

6. Craig - December 1, 2011

Congrats on the new gig. Very much deserved.

Richard Foote - December 19, 2011

Thanks Craig, much appreciated🙂

7. Tony - December 1, 2011

Congratulations on your new gig. Glad to hear that the blog will still be around with new content. Best wishes to you in your new position.

Richard Foote - December 19, 2011

Thanks Tony. Will finally get some new content out there again I promise !!

8. jgarry - December 1, 2011
Richard Foote - December 19, 2011

Hi Joel

I already have my Roger Waters ticket for the Sydney show on Feb 14. Can’t wait !!!!

9. Alberto Frosi - December 2, 2011

Congratulations Richard and good luck for your new position.



Richard Foote - December 19, 2011

Thanks Alberto, much appreciated🙂

10. Fahd Mirza - December 2, 2011

Congrats and touch-wood.

Richard Foote - December 19, 2011

Thanks Fahd, much appreciated, although I’m hoping to not have to resort to touching wood🙂

11. Thomas Kyte - December 3, 2011

Welcome back! This is good news🙂

Richard Foote - December 19, 2011

Thanks Tom. You have to teach me now how I can restict my travel commitments. Actually, on second thoughts, I might ask someone else🙂

12. Asif Momen - December 3, 2011

Congratulations and good luck !!!

Richard Foote - December 19, 2011

Thanks Asif, much appreciated.

13. Richard Foote - December 23, 2011

Hi Brian

I must admit to not having read the book (too busy reading Peter F. Hamilton novels at the moment !!. However, if I ever get my hands on a copy, would be more than happy to review it. Actually, I might do that anyways.

Have a fantastic Christmas !!

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