David Kurtz

I have worked with Oracle database for more than 30 years.  My Oracle career started in 1989 as a developer of SQL*Forms 2.3 and PRO*C on Oracle 5.1.17 for a small software development company.  It wasn't long before I got involved with performance tuning and SQL trace.

I joined PeopleSoft UK in 1996 as an Oracle database specialist on their support desk.  I got to hear about all of the performance problems.  Performance escalations quickly turned into performance tuning consultancy.

In 2000, I set up Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd. through which to provide specialist performance tuning consultancy for Oracle database systems in general and PeopleSoft ERP applications in particular.  

The experiences I had with the combination of PeopleSoft and Oracle became the inspiration for my book, PeopleSoft for the Oracle DBA (Apress 2005, 2012).  Many applications are maintained by separately siloed teams.  The book aims to break down those walls by explaining PeopleTools behaviour to the DBA, and Oracle database behaviour to PeopleSoft administrators and developers.
After the book, I started to write blogs about PeopleSoft (blog.psftdba.com) and Oracle (blog.go-faster.co.uk).

In 2015, I joined the Accenture Enkitec Group, where I continued to provide performance consultancy.  Critically.  It gave me extensive experience of Oracle Exadata, including Oracle's Autonomous cloud databases.

I am now back as an independent consultant and still specialising in Oracle performance consultancy.

I am an Oracle ACE Director.  The ACE program was set up to recognise and reward contributions to the technology and application communities.  I enjoy sharing the results of my research into Oracle products in my blogs and presentations.

I am proud to have been a member of the OakTable since 2005, and that the first edition of the book was published as a part of the OakTable Press. The OakTable was an informal collection of Oracle professionals.  It was set up to advocate the application of the scientific method to the administration and optimisation of Oracle database systems.  

I can be contacted at info@go-faster.co.uk for any consulting inquiries, or even if you just want to talk through a problem.