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Mike Ault began working with computers in 1980—following a six-year Navy enlistment in the Nuclear Navy riding submarines—programming in Basic and Fortran IV on the PDP-11 architecture in the nuclear industry. During Mike’s nuclear years he worked with PDP, IBM-PC, Osborne, and later VAX-VMS and HP architectures, as well as with the Informix and Ingres databases. Following the downturn in the nuclear industry, Mike began working with Oracle as the only DBA at the Luka, Mississippi-based Advanced Solid Rocket Motor (ASRM) project for NASA in 1990. Since 1990, Mike has worked with a variety of industries using Oracle both in-house and as a consulting talent. Mike got extensive Flash experience as the Oracle Guru for Texas Memory Systems. Mike transitioned to IBM as the Oracle Guru for the STG Flash group when IBM purchased TMS in 2012. Mike has published over two dozen Oracle-related books, including the 7.0, 8.0, 8i and 9i versions of his Oracle Administration and Management with Wiley, the “Oracle8 Black Book” and “Oracle DBA OCP Exam Cram” series (for versions 8 and 8i) with Coriolis, and multiple titles including Oracle9i RAC and Oracle10g Grid & Real ApplicationClusters with Rampant Technical Press. Mike has written articles for Oracle, Select, DBMS, Oracle Internals, and several other database-related magazines. Mike is also a highly sought-after keynote speaker and expert instructor for local, regional, and international Oracle conferences, such as GOUSERS, SEOUG, RMOUG, NYOUG, NCOUG, IOUG, OOW, ODTUG, UKOUG, and EOUG.