The level of detail includes:
- type of activity (presentation, book, article, blog, forum activity, tweets etc.)
- substantiation (conference links, presentation links, book ISBN etc)
- analytics where relevant (blogs, tweets)
Meaning the Oracle ACE program website is out of date:
What expectations does Oracle have of an Oracle ACE?Currently to maintain an ACE status requires 200 points of activity for a year.
The Oracle ACE designation is given to individuals as recognition of his/her past contributions.
Oracle's only future expectation is that the recipient maintains his/her level of community activity.
I did look at entering my activity, but quickly decided it just wasn’t worth the time and effort to do so.
Here is how I calculated what I would need to do to generate 200 points using my typical activities:
A new presentation takes about 100 hours to write and prepare. A decent blog post takes about 2-4 hours to write, a cynical one to rort the system takes a few minutes. 2 presentations (2*100 hours) presented 3 times (20 points each) => 200 hours, 120 points 16 blogs (16*3 hours) (5 points each, unless mention "Cloud" for 15 points ) => 64 hours, 80 points So roughly: 6 weeks to produce content (spread over months of evenings and weekends) 1 week to present content (travel, accommodation) Direct cost to present content (lost income, travel and accomodation expenses) => 2 weeks salary Indirect cost to family and work/life balance - incalculable. Plus the time taken to record activities; all this effort for something that is just a nice accolade.
I don’t get any financial benefit for presenting, either directly or indirectly, it’s just my way of giving back to the Oracle community and sharing my insights. Similarly with blogging, I only blog when I’ve got something worth sharing.
I believe the ACE program contributions criteria will have the following impacts:
- large reduction in the number of ACEs (probably the intent)
- a number of disenchanted and disgruntled ex-ACEs
- rules driven behaviour to maintain status at the cost of quality/integrity
- ACEs predominantly coming from consulting/training firms with a direct financial incentive.
Overall I think I’m better off to not bother with the ACE program, hence I've now converted to an Oracle ACE Alumnus.
Instead I'll contribute when I have something worth sharing, and use the time/money recouped with my wife and family.
So in the words of Douglas Adams, "so long, and thanks for all the fish".