I started working for a bank called Sparekassen SDS 1st of January 1987. They had just bought Oracle, and that's how I ended up in the database world.
In 1990 I joined Oracle Denmark's support organisation under the magnificient leadership of Jannik Ohl.
He was fired by Peter Perregaard in 1998 or so, because they didn't like each other. Until then things were fantastic. After that things were not.
Jannik was replaced by Allan Marker, who was not nearly his equal in any which way you choose to look. Especially when it comes to the art of thinking instead of wondering how you can survive in the corporate culture for the next few months.
But that's how things are. Peter made a mistake, and he regrets it to this day, I'm sure (as in: sure).
So Jannik went into geo-stationary orbit. In other words: He joined the Oracle EMEA organisation (Europe, Middle East, Africa).
When you "go into orbit", ie. join EMEA or some global stuff, you're never heard of again. In space, nobody can hear you scream, as they say.
Until it's time to lay off some bodies. So Jannik, uhm, resigned just now.
Today I served a bit of Miracle beer for my friend Jannik in Oracle Denmark's canteen.
To honour the best boss I ever had.
And to honour one of the most creative minds I've met. Really.
He was the one that came up with the idea of doing serious database stuff in Lalandia (which is why Miracle now do two conferences there a year).
He was the one that told me: "With all this internet stuff and not-being-able-to-call-a-person thing going on in Support, people will pay for extra services that allow them to talk to people and get their problems resolved without too much bullshit" - and we now have 130 Miracle Support customers.
He came up with the idea of having a credit-card thing for Good Oracle Customers (GOC).
Miracle Support shouldn't be allowed to live. It's feeding off the failings of the big vendor support organisations, because they're failing. That's wrong. But it's a fact.
I just hope Jannik doesn't do the boring thing of leaning back and waiting for the early-age pension to arrive. He's not old, he's not spent. We need him.
As for the headline (The beginning of Oracle Denmark) I'll just say this piece of information from an unknown source:
The beginning of Oracle Denmark: Jørgen Balle, Ole Bisgaard, Hanne Cederberg & Jannik started at the same time. Then came Pete Francis, og later Klaus Holse Andersen.
We need more details, folks :-))
Moans Longballs Nogood