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Senior Principle Consultant

Austin, Texas, United States
September 23, 2019

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George B. Hooper

Austin, TX 512-***-**** LinkedIn Profile

Applications & Database Technical Consultant

Strong technical and customer-oriented background to effectively lead intiatives in a creative manner. Over 27 years of information technology experience consisting of database administration and applications development, project management, network engineering, hardware and software configuration, and mainframe systems design. 22 years has been engaged in implementing, testing, and upgrading Oracle database and application products. Lead technical role in pre and post-Oracle E-Business Suite and Business Intelligence (BI) engagements and 19 plus years of experience in E-Business Suite with a focus on technical architecture. Hired and mentored database administrators for applications database administrator roles (5 database administrators with no previous Oracle applications database administration expertise) as well as Unix system administration staff.

Technical Solutions that Align with Business Strategy: Utilized understanding of business processes in combination with technical expertise to define optimal software solutions that meet clients technical requirements within budget constraints. For instance, made recommendations to minimize the number of production and non-production instances in order to reduce hardware and software licensing costs.

Proven Results: Track record of “go live” success in software implementations and upgrades within customer scheduled outage windows. Managed the global ResortQuest database migration from JD Edwards financial and Ceridian HR applications to Oracle E-Business Suite, yielding over a million in cost savings over 5 years. Led project to migrate Sun UNIX servers to existing HP-UX servers in order to create increased operating efficiencies, yielding annual cost savings of thousands of dollars.

Value-Add to Clients: Recommended that a client migrate from network to locally attached file systems in order to improve EBS performance as a part of the upgrade, which was outside of the focus of the engagement. As a result, users reported that application performance improved significantly following the upgrade. Also, resolved an intermittent application outage issue for a customer by performing analysis peripheral to the actual project activity (Oracle database healthcheck).

Skills & Knowledge that Drive Success

Collaborative/Trust-Based Approach to Working with Team Members

Technical Mentorship/Leadership

Resolute in Resolving Issues

Excellent Documentation Skills

Seasoned in Technical Architecture Design

Adaptable to New Technologies

Extensive Consulting Experience

Oracle DB/E-Business Implementations & Upgrades

Oracle WebLogic Server

Oracle SOA Suite

Oracle Exadata

Oracle BI Publisher

Oracle Utilities WAM

Oracle OBIEE and OBIA

Oracle Software Licensing Compliance Audits

A Track Record of Delivering Results

Centric Consulting LLC, Dayton, OH 2010 – 2019


Key member of executive management team, Directs the interpretation and application of human resources policies, programs, practices and procedures

consistently and appropriately throughout assigned locations

Client Engagements:

Automotive Finance Corporation, Carmel, IN

Lead E-Business Suite 12.0.6 to 12.2.7 technical upgrade including applications tier migrations from AIX to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

Provide architectural guidance for migration to Edition-Based Redefinition (EBR) for custom application running on E-Business database

Document and provide knowledge transfer concerning the application upgrade process, instance cloning and online patching

AES/Dayton Power & Light, Dayton, OH

Migrate custom BI Publisher reports from 10g to 11g stand alone instance and perform patching

Stand up WebLogic Server/SOA 12c, BI Publisher and WAM database and application environments for the SOA & WAM upgrade

Upgrade the WAM application from version to

Humana, Louisville, KY

Migrate data warehouse databases from IBM Sys11 and Sys51 legacy hardware to Exadata X5-2 half and quarter racks

Convert tables, partitions and sub-partitions from Basic compression to Exadata Hybrid Columnar Compression (HCC)

Hilltop Basic Resources, Inc., Cincinnati, OH

Determined root cause (memory leak) and provided a resolution for application and database crashes on Windows 2003

Vita-Mix Corporation, Cleveland, OH

Perform Database, WebLogic Server, OBIEE and OBIA builds and patching of non-production and production environments

Work with ODI Lead in troubleshooting load plan performance issues and tune the application and database

Praxair Surface Technologies, Inc., Indianapolis, IN

Review of OLM-provided audit scripts and licensing agreements for Enterprise Edition, iAS/WebLogic and E-Business Suite and revised E-Business products that were licensed but are not actually being utilized

Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc., Hilliard, OH

E-Business technical lead for the TIGRE-ADS South America R12 implementation hosted on Exadata

Build out the Oracle database and application environments which include Brazilian Portuguese and Latin American Spanish languages and Brazil and Chile country specific functionalities

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

Provide findings and recommendations for the Fed’s banking transaction database, focusing on design, failover, disaster recovery, and performance scalability for the ensuing 5 years

WMS Gaming, Inc., Chicago, IL

Application Implementation Lead for WebLogic Server and SOA installation, configuration, and patching.

Responsible for AIA Foundation Pack and Order Design to Release PIP installation, configuration, and composite deployments

Suniva, Inc., Norcross, GA

Primary support DBA responsible for patching, cloning, and tuning of E-Business production and non-production environments

SmartDog Services, LLC, Austin, TX 2008 – 2010


Client Engagements:

US Concrete, Inc., Irving, TX

EBS DBA Lead for R12 phased implementation of Financials, Order Management, Purchasing, and iProcurement in a Solaris 2-node ASM/RAC and Applications-tier environment

Primary post-implementation Applications DBA responsible for supporting and tuning of E-Business, Siebel, SOA, and EM Grid Control production and non-production environments for a geographically-diverse user base

Covenant Management Systems, Inc., Houston, TX

Lead E-Business Suite 11.03 to 11i technical upgrade involving applications tier migration from Solaris 5.8 to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and database upgrade from 8.0.3 to, migrating the database tier from Solaris 5.8 to a 5.10 platform

hiSoft Wave Consulting Group, Richardson, TX 2006 – 2008


Client Engagements:

Cheniere Energy, Inc., Houston, TX

Installation, implementation, patching, and tuning of Oracle EBS and upgrade of 9.2 database to 10gR2

Provide Oracle EBS post “go live” production support

Mentor and assist applications database administration and functional staff

Atrium Companies, Dallas, TX

Applications database implementation lead for Oracle 11i E-Business Suite

Configure technical environment for Financials Suite, Purchasing, and Inventory

Perform Pre-Patch Analysis (PPA) and apply quarterly Critical Patch Update (CPU), bug fix, and functional patches to support implementation team

US Personnel, Irving, TX

Perform PPA and apply Human Resources and Payroll year-end processing patches

Perform PPA and apply operating system, database, and application patches required for 2007 DST (Daylight Savings Time)

Stream International, Inc., Richardson, TX

Provide project leadership for the E-Business Suite 11.03 to 11i technical upgrade

Perform installation, upgrade, and post-production tuning of 11i E-Business Suite

Omni Hotels, Inc., Irving, TX

Present architectural diagram of Omni’s RAC environment in order to assess hardware redundancy and possible points of failure

Technical assistance with the RAC installation and configuration in development and production environments

Make recommendations regarding rolling software and database upgrade patching for minimizing unplanned downtime

Configure and successfully test Transparent Application Failover (TAF)

Gaylord Entertainment, Nashville, TN 2000 – 2006


Lead the Database and Operating Systems Group, providing hands-on expertise in administration, upgrades, testing, and support of SQL Server, DB2, and Oracle databases

Direct the Financials and HR/Payroll application upgrade projects from version 10.7 NCA to 11, and version 11 to 11i. Lead the technical implementation and testing of HR Self-Service

Manage a group ranging from 3- 6 internal (a senior systems administrator and two database administrators) and external vendor resources

Justice Information System, Nashville, TN 1997 - 2000


Direct the development, testing, implementation, and support of a criminal justice court system with emphasis on accounting, police interface, court, and jail management functionality. This system introduced enhanced reporting and automation of previously manual business processes

Serve as lead database administrator, overseeing a group ranging from 2- 5 internal (two junior database administrators and a systems analyst/developer) and external vendor resources

Develop system contingency procedures and a backup and disaster recovery plan

Office of the Controller, Houston, TX 1992 – 1997


Perform administration of Sybase databases, which serve as a repository for financial data

Manage a group ranging from 2 - 4 internal (a system analyst and procedures analyst) and external vendor resources

Direct various projects such as an office rollout of new client machines and the installation of software such as Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office Suite

Maintain Novell NetWare network backbone for a 100-plus user environment

System administration of Document Imaging System (FYI)

Continental Airlines, Houston, TX 1990 - 1992


Streamline and document financial business processes to facilitate the transition between design and final application installation

Ensure that all user functional needs for company cost accounting and accounts payable modules are correctly integrated in application construction, and that programs and reports meet expected design specifications

Directly support user requests for technical assistance with inventory fleet management systems


Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management (Cum Laude), Abilene Christian University

Doctor of Jurisprudence, South Texas College of Law

Oracle Certified Expert - Oracle Exadata X-3 and Oracle X-4 Administrator, Oracle Certification Program

Oracle Certified Expert - Oracle Database 11g Performance Tuning, Oracle Certification Program

AWS Technical Professional Accreditation, AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, Amazon Web Services

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