Keynote Presentation: So an Airline Pilot, a Urologist & an IT Technologist Walk Into a Bar: Thinking Like a Professional

It's no joke. The IT industry is undergoing a maelstrom of change: ever-increasing data volumes, horrendous security incursions, the promise/threat of cloud-based computing, and a gradual loss of its most talented people through age-based attrition. What's needed more than ever is a revival of professionalism within our ranks, and it's time for us to rise up as a community to strive towards that goal. Seriously, if you're just doing your job and are perfectly satisfied with your status in the IT industry, please don't come to this presentation.

Jim Czuprynski has nearly 4 decades of IT experience IT, serving diverse roles at several Fortune 1000 companies before becoming an Oracle DBA in 2001. He was awarded the status of Oracle ACE Director in March 2014. Jim is a sought-after public speaker on Oracle database tech features, presenting at Oracle OpenWorld, IOUG COLLABORATE, ODTUG Kaleidoscope, HotSOS symposium, Oracle development community tours, and user group conferences around the world. He has authored over 100 articles focused at and IOUG Select and co-authored 4 books on Oracle database technology. Jim's blog, Generally…It Depends (, contains regular observations on all things Oracle and the state of the IT industry. He is currently the senior enterprise data architect for Viscosity North America.