RN: Please tell us a little about yourself.
My functional background is in production and operational management. I
spent 10 years as a contract administrator/negotiator in several
different industries before concentrating on technology-based
application support. I have many varied interests and avocations which
extend beyond the scope of this bio.
RN: What interested you about writing ReviewNet tests?
several years of interviewing, I found that we were asking the same
functional questions of candidates and potential contractors over and
over again. No external resource had ever been used to simplify,
expedite or streamline this review process. Review of certification
results was providing the example exam study habits of a person, over
their ability to solve problems and deliver production-ready solutions.
ReviewNet fulfills a unique need for employers to send potential
candidates through a standardized and replicable system of measurement
that concentrates on what skills are needed, rather than reviewing
someone's ability to memorize content.
do you keep up with changing technologies and the latest trends in the
I end up reviewing a LOT of books. The annual Oracle and Oracle
Applications Users Group conferences are beneficial, as well.
RN: Tell us a little about your ReviewNet test.
Oracle Financials test set is designed to provide assessment of a
candidate's hands-on experience with the Oracle Applications. Most of
the questions are designed around process or troubleshooting-related
activity and cannot be successfully answered solely using reference
materials. The test is suitable for use with entry-level positions
(which will score on the low side, but with a few correct answers)
through the advanced-level candidate with at least 2 to 3 years of
RN: What advice would you give to someone learning your discipline? Are there significant barriers to learning about this subject?
what your end-users need means more than listening to the advice of
your vendors. Learn how and why people work the way they do, and
provide solutions that enhance their ability to perform their functions
- not as a demonstration of your technological prowess.
do you see as the future of Oracle Financials? Where would you like to
see it go?
support of financially-related applications will become increasingly
centric around the end-user. As businesses increase their dependence on
business-related justifications for changes and procedures, the
historical approach of building-in complexity and endless
administrative duties will come under increasing scrutiny.
RN: When did you decide to get into the Information Technology field?
an end-user, I became increasingly frustrated with the level of support
provided by traditional technology-focused IT organizations. Systemic
changes seemed to be driven by interests in technical exploration,
rather than solid business process-driven metrics. Obtaining and
implementing required mission-critical changes were met with
argumentative positions stating "technological infeasibility" and
"non-conforming configurations" as the reasons to reject such
proposals. Instead of delivering solutions, many of the IT
organizations I dealt with seemed to operate only to perpetuate their
own existence. My background grew from the functional desire to obtain
advanced technology-supported solutions driven exclusively by business
and customer needs.
Please share your thoughts with us on the role that ReviewNet
evaluations play in hiring IT professionals.
The ReviewNet score represents a single facet of a persons' role as an
employee. Employers still need to separately assess their candidate's
other strengths and weaknesses as they relate to their potential as a