Jon Emmons
Londonderry, NH, USA

Please note that I am not currently seeking employment. If you have an opportunity which you feel may be of particular interest to me feel free to contact me.

Professional Goals

To apply my broad range of technical, organizational and interpersonal skills in a leadership role which will allow me to positively shape the use of information technology. To assist in the more efficient and creative use of technology to fulfill the changing needs of an active user base.

Technical Skills

Comfortable in all areas of Information Technology. Extensive experience in setup and configuration of Oracle database versions 8.0 through 11g Revision 2. Installation, configuration and upgrades of Oracle Real Application Cluster (RAC). Considerable experience in setup, configuration and performance tuning of Oracle application server versions 9i through 11g Fusion Middleware. Troubleshooting, tuning, backup and recovery including RMAN and upgrading of Oracle databases. Experience designing and implementing Oracle Data Warehouse technology. Setup and maintenance of Ellucian (formerly SunGard Higher Education) Banner student information system, including installing, upgrading and platform migration of database, batch, INB and SSB servers. Database administration tools used include Oracle Enterprise Manager GRID Control, Spotlight on Oracle, and TOAD. Experience configuring and using MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server and FileMaker Pro databases. Experience with relational and dimensional database design.

Setup and administration of Linux and Solaris systems for a variety of tasks. Additional experience setting up and administrating x86 (intel) Solaris, Macintosh OS X, and various distributions of BSD. Installation and maintenance of many common UNIX applications (e.g. Apache, Sendmail, Majordomo, BIND.) Shell scripting for Systems Administration tasks. Design and implementation of load balancing and fail-over for High Availability solutions. Practical application of system monitoring techniques for accurate load planning and evaluation of hardware needs across budget years. Experience with Veritas File System on Solaris. Experience installing, configuring, and administrating Veritas NetBackup software.

Familiar with design and implementation of TCP/IP networking including routing tables, DNS, DHCP and Firewall. Knowledge of binary logic and its implementation in computers. Basic experience programming (C, C++, PHP, PL/SQL.)

Communication and Management Skills

Very strong trouble-shooting abilities with excellent resource management. Outstanding ability to quickly learn and understand new technologies. Self-motivated with excellent time and resource management skills. Teaching experience and a strong aptitude for simplification. Able to teach to a wide variety of learning styles and technical abilities. Strong ability to work independently or with teams as either an active member or a leader. I have the ability to achieve goals efficiently while maintaining a customer-oriented focus.

Work Experience

Ellucian, Fairfax, VA - October 2006 - Present

Principal Technical Consultant, Oracle Remote Database Administrator - October 2006 - Present - Install, upgrade and maintain Ellucian's Banner student information system and related products for educational clients in the US and internationally. Work closely with client staff to identify their technical and organizational needs. Technical responsibilities include installation and configuration of Oracle database and application servers, installation of Banner products, backup and recovery planning and implementation and troubleshooting, patching and upgrading Banner. Supporting development, training and production environments from installation through go-live and beyond.

Team Manager - July 2007 - May 2011 - Managed a distributed, international team of Banner DBAs and technical trainers while still maintaining the responsibilities of a Principal Technical Consultant. Responsibilities include assigning employees to client projects based on employee skills, developing and documenting procedures, identifying solutions to technical and organizational needs and performing employee reviews. Involved in scheduling trainers, onsite DBAs and remote DBAs working with clients in the US and internationally.

Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH - March 2004 - October 2006

Oracle Database and Application Server Administrator - Involved in all areas of maintenance of the Ellucian Banner student information system. Setup and maintenance of Oracle Application server for Oracle Forms, Discoverer, SCT Workflow and PL/SQL gateway. Focus on database tuning, backup, recovery and cloning. A focus on Data Warehouse Architecture. Project management on several projects involving diverse campus departments. Major accomplishments include helping develop a versioning and release system, deploying databases for several new systems, setup of RMAN database backups and other systems to support reporting needs.

Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH - Fall 2005

Adjunct Faculty - Teaching Database Administration, an upper division course in the Applied Computer Science and Information Technology majors.

Boston University, Boston, MA - July 2003 - March 2004

Senior UNIX Systems Administrator - Individually responsible for around 120 UNIX systems used for a variety of tasks including GIS applications. This environment includes an NIS domain, around a dozen Solaris, Linux, SGI and Macintosh OS X servers, and over 100 workstations. Primary platform is Solaris 8/9. Supporting users in the Geography and Earth Sciences departments as well as the Center for Remote Sensing. Responsibilities include: server maintenance, upgrade, growth planning, evaluation of requirements for new hardware, maintaining a lab, account provisioning, email administration, application administration, and UNIX desktop support. Major accomplishments include design, implementation and administration of Sun Ray systems in a lab environment, successful integration of Linux in our NIS environment, implementation of 7 new servers, and maintaining an extremely high level of user satisfaction.

WebCT Inc., Lynnfield, MA - May 2000 - May 2003

Systems and Database Administrator - Simultaneously held the role of lead system administrator and sole database administrator. Responsible for designing, configuring, and maintaining several company-critical systems including Oracle 8i databases, Oracle 9i databases, Oracle Finanacials Solaris 7, 8 and 9 servers. Areas of responsibility included production, development and quality assurance environments. Evaluated hardware requirements for new systems. Hardware used ranged from Sun Ultra5, to Sun Enterprise 3500. Worked on setup, configuration, upgrades and maintenance of WebCT Campus Edition hosting servers while maintaining a 99.9% uptime guaranty. Maintained, configured and supported custom web application server running an Oracle back end with a Java web server running on Apache/Tomcat front-end. Planned, setup and maintained an Oracle Database for SalesLogix. Performed a hosting server migration that involved moving over 50 essential hosted servers over 3000 miles while keeping downtime to a matter of minutes. Setup and maintained an Arrowpoint Load balancing/failover system to meet the demand for high availability. Building and configuring WebTrends Enterprise Reporting Server to analyze web site usage and volume. Responsible for setup and maintenance of Veritas NetBackup. On call 24x7 for emergency customer and corporate system issues.


Easy Linux Commands: Working Examples of Linux Command Syntax by Jon Emmons & Terry Clark, Rampant TechPress - Publication Date: October 2006

Terry Clark and I have assembled a comprehensive reference of working Linux commands ranging from simple file manipulation to complex system monitoring tasks. A useful reference for the novice and expert alike this book covers many common administrative tasks, file manipulation, the vi text editor, scheduling tasks with crontab and an introduction to shell scripting.

Oracle Shell Scripting: Linux and UNIX Programming for Oracle by Jon Emmons, Rampant TechPress - Publication Date: May 2007

This book offers background information on UNIX and Linux, a thorough tutorial on shell scripting and over 50 ready-to-use shell scripts all geared to the Oracle professional. Specific attention is given to developing reliable scripts for automating routine tasks.

Linux for the Oracle DBA: The Definitive Reference by Jon Emmons, Rampant TechPress - Publication Date: Pending

This book covers all major aspects of Linux system management critical to running Oracle on Linux. Unlike general system administration books, this book focuses on those tasks most important to Oracle administrators.

Life After Coffee - - August 2005 - Present

Author - Sole author of this very successful weblog with topics including Oracle, humor, electronics and food. Achieved a Technorati ranking below 10,000 and over one million hits in the first year of operation. Authored the popular Caffeine WordPress Theme.

Internet Evolution - - May 2008 - Present

Freelance Contributor - Regular contributor to this edited blog focusing on news, analysis and opinions about the future of the internet. Internet Evolution continually receives critical acclaim from The Wall Street Journal, Folio Magazine and many more.


Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH - 1996-2000
    Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary studies with focus in Applied Computer Science and Music.

Solaris 8 System Administration I - September 2000
Solaris 8 System Administration II - December 2000
Oracle Enterprise DBA Part 1A: Architecture and Administration - August 2001
Oracle Enterprise DBA Part 1B: Backup and Recovery - May 2002
Oracle Enterprise DBA Part 2: Performance and Tuning - December 2002
Oracle Application Server 10g: Administration I - June 2005
Oracle Database 11g: RAC Administration - September 2010

Awards and Special Recognition

Sun Fire T2000 Try and Buy Contest Winner - Sun Microsystems - August 2006

Chosen as a winner of a Sun Fire T2000 in a Sun Microsystems "Try and Buy" contest. After writing my evaluation of the T2000s performance my institution (Plymouth State University at the time) was given the system (a fully loaded T2000 with 8 processors, 16 GB of RAM) completely free.

Oracle ACE Award - Oracle Corporation - December 2007

Awarded an Oracle ACE award for my contributions to the Oracle community including my website and books. The Oracle ACE Program is designed to recognize and reward members of the Oracle Technology and Applications communities for their contributions to those communities.


References are available upon request.