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December 2013, Volume 1, Number 6

Oracle pro takes the thoroughbred view with IT, EBS upgrade

Wade Lewis breeds quarter horses as a hobby, but his career as an Oracle professional has been more like a thoroughbred -- longer, steadier and filled with a few more turns. Wade Lewis Lewis has been in IT since the 1970s. He was in a department tracking high-accident locations for the Oklahoma Highway Department, and the application he ran was on a mainframe. After spending the next 15 years working on big iron as an employee and consultant, an insurance company in Texas asked him to implement Oracle Financials. And thus his Oracle career began. Now, more than 30 years later, the 56-year-old is the chief information officer for Georg Fischer Central Plastics LLC, an Oklahoma-based manufacturer for the piping industry, and a big Oracle user. Back in the day, the mantra was that "you'd never get fired for picking IBM." Lewis says, in some regards, that is how it is with Oracle today. He sees Oracle and SAP as being the only two big players in the enterprise applications game, at least for now. Most of the smaller applications ...

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