The criteria to meet are as follows:
Oracle ACE QualificationsLet's see, said individual definitely meets the first four criteria, not sure about the fifth one "Beta Program Participant" and I believe he meets the sixth one as an "Oracle user group member". I am not sure about the last one though but a quick check at his resume listed on his site indicated that he is a "Certified Oracle Professional" and a "Certified Oracle Database Administrator" so yep, he meets the last criteria. So out of the 7 criteria, he is confirmed for 6 of them and the requirements stated that "candidates should meet as many of the criteria as possible". Did no one nominate the fellow (I don't believed that!)? I downloaded the nomination form to see whether there was additional criteria but found none. You can draw your own conclusions.
To qualify for the Oracle ACE award, candidates should meet as many of the following qualifications as possible.
- Oracle-related blog
- OTN discussion forum activity
- Published white paper(s) and/or article(s)
- Presentation experience
- Beta program participant
- Oracle user group member
- Oracle certification
Anyhow, I just found it interesting but then who am I to criticize as I definitely don't meet the criteria at all (didn't even meet a single criterion) plus I'm pseudo-anonymous.
Bottom line: With "experts/gurus" abound, the best advice has been given by numerous folks but I will point you to Lisa Dobson's post which to me, capture the mantra that everyone should follow. Keep in mind, even the experts are wrong sometimes and all those titles, letters after their names don't mean that they know all. In closing, I wish that the Oracle ACE program will include a criterion on "Ethics and Conduct". I expect my staff to be professional in their dealings with each other, the clients and the general public, why should I expect less from the gurus/experts?