Oracle Developer Champion, IoT and new Blockchain book

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Some new stuff is developing rapidly in my professional life. On thursday 29th of June I got a special email from Jennifer Nicholson, in charge of Community Advocacy Programs at Oracle inviting me to become part of the new Oracle Developer Champion program. You can image that I can’t pass an opportunity like this. Joining this program is the cherry on top of the work I have be doing the past year, including writing a book about Integration Cloud, but also my endeavors into developing enterprise Internet Of Things applications and co-presenting with Oracle about this topic on conferences.

As a Oracle Developer Champions you are recognized to have expertise in modern development such as Cloud, microservices, containers, DevOps, continuous delivery, open source technologies, and SQL/NoSQL databases. Professionals that are part of this group are for example contributors to open source projects, authors on contemporary development approaches, and speakers at prominent Oracle (Oracle Code, JavaOne) and top industry conferences.

At the time of writing the group exists of 18 developer champions from all over the world, including ACE Directors Lucas Jellema, Rolando Carrasco and Sai Penumuru So to me it is a real honor to be part of the exceptional group. I’m also still part of the Oracle ACE program, but most of my time I will be investing into the new advocacy program.

So one of the things I’m currently investing my time in is the Internet of Things. The last year at AMIS I’m been working on developing real business engagements. I started on my own, but during the past 7 months a few other colleagues joined to make it something we at AMIS can help customers with. The knowledge I gained figuring this all out, including making prototypes is what I try to share with guys during conferences. It is very cool that it is also appreciated by AMIS.

Currently I’m working on creating a Node-Red extension library with custom nodes to send and receive messages to and from Internet of Things Cloud Service. For people that don’t know what Node-Red is, it is a lightweight integration tool for wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services in new and interesting ways. It provides a browser-based editor that makes it easy to wire together flows using the wide range of nodes.

It seems quick since I just published my first book just this January which was about Integration Cloud Service, but one other thing that keeps me busy is a new book. This time I’m writing about Blockchain in context of industries in which Oracle is active and is due to be published in March 2018. In this book I will go through the value of the Blockchain for Oracle developers and customers and the affects that it can have on them. I also look into a few major industries and how the Blockchain can be implemented. Finally it shows you how to setup your own practical blockchain running in the cloud. More info on this during the following months. One for the related things I’m doing is presenting on this topic during major conferences. On Sunday, October 1st 2017 I give a talk [CON1689] during #SuperSunday at Oracle Open World, so if you are attending come join my session.

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Robert is an respected author, speaker at (international) conferences and is a frequent blogger on the AMIS Technology blog, the Oracle Technology Network, and participates in OTN ArchBeat Podcasts. Robert is an member of the board of the Dutch Oracle User Group (nlOUG) and also organizes SIG meetups. He also works closely with the SOA Oracle Product Management team by participating in several Beta programs. In 2017, Robert was named Oracle Developer Champion, but also hold the Oracle ACE title for SOA and Middleware, because of his contributions to the community. He is co-author of the first Oracle PaaS book published, which was published in January 2017. His fascination for using the latest technology had led to the research of Blockchain to replace the currently used B2B patterns and tooling.

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