Each year, AUSOUG recognises the expertise, effort and support of key individuals through the AUSOUG Masters Program. These individuals are selected based on their contribution to AUSOUG, the wider IT industry and, in particular, the Oracle technology sector. Many of these individuals freely share their expertise and experience through social media, by speaking at conferences or by delivering presentations at one of our many meetings – and so benefitting our members and the group as a whole. While AUSOUG Masters are chosen exclusively by the National Committee, we do welcome suggestions from our members. If you would like to suggest an individual for consideration, please contact your branch president directly.
2018 AUSOUG Masters
Connor is a Oracle Developer Advocate for Oracle Corporation. Over the past 25 years, he has worked with systems in Australia, the United Kingdom, Southeast Asia, Western Europe, and the United States. He has co-authored three books and has been a popular speaker at Oracle conferences around the world, specializing in topics regarding the database engine and PL/SQL. He has three times won the Best Speaker award by the UK Oracle User Group, and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award by the UKOUG in 2016.
Consultant & Oracle ACE
Dennis is a Principal Consultant for LogicalTech, Oracle ACE in Fusion Middleware, and former National President of the Australian Oracle User Group. He is commonly engaged in integration and development using SOA, BPM, WebCenter and cloud-based iPaaS, and of course, is a keen ornithologist, specialising in flighless birds.
Director & Principal Consultant
Based in Canberra, Australia, Richard has been working in the IT industry for over 30 years, 20 plus years with Oracle database technologies. Richard has supported and diagnosed the performance of numerous highly secure, mission-critical, large-scale applications. He has worked for Oracle Corporation on two occasions, 1996-2002 as a Database Instructor where he won many internal awards and accolades and between 2011-2017 as a Technical Presales Consultant where he was awarded the Best Sales Consultant of the Year in 2017. In 2002, he became a member of the world-renowned Oracle Oak Table Network and an Oracle ACE Director in 2008.
Richard is a very popular, award winning speaker and regularly presents at international conferences and Oracle User Group events including Oracle Open World, IOUG Collaborate, Hotsos Symposium, AUSOUG InSync, ODTUG Kscope, UKOUG Tech Conference, E4 Enkitec Extreme Exadata Expo and Trivadis Performance Days. Accolades include special recognition for the highly innovative “Good DBA, Bad DBA” co-presentation at Oracle Open World in Brisbane in 1999, Best Oracle Speaker at UKOUG in 2015, Best 3 presentations at the Hotsos Symposium in 2017, Best 2 presentations at Trivadis Performances Days in 2018 and Lifetime Achievement Speaker Award at UKOUG in 2018.
He is especially renowned for his research and knowledge of Oracle indexing strategies, hosts an internationally renowned blog on Oracle Index Internals (richardfoote.wordpress.com) and has developed an acclaimed in-depth seminar on Oracle Indexing Internals which he has presented in some 20 countries. In 2017 Richard started his own independent consulting and training company (www.richardfooteconsulting.com) where he continues to deliver his Oracle Index Internals seminar globally and assists organisations with addressing Database performance issues.
Richard listens to the music of David Bowie, Pink Floyd and Nick Cave as much as possible.
Director & Principal Consultant
Penny Cookson has thirty years’ experience of working with Oracle products. Penny is the Managing Director for SAGE Computing Services, which provides consulting and training in the Oracle database and development tools throughout Australia. She was Oracle Magazine’s Educator of the Year in 2004 and is an Oracle ACE. Penny has presented numerous papers on Oracle technologies at national and international conferences.