About Me (Kent Graziano)
Hi there! Thanks for dropping by and checking out my blog.
Here are the basics of my “professional” profile (but if you are here, you likely know this stuff already):
I am a recognized industry expert, thought leader, trainer, and published author in the areas of data modeling, data warehousing, data architecture, and various Oracle tools (like Oracle Designer and Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler). I am a certified Data Vault Master, Data Vault 2.0 Practitioner (CDVP2), and an Oracle ACE Director with over 30 years experience in the Information Technology business. For the last 25+ years I have been primarily focused on building solutions with the Oracle RDBMS (but dabble in SQL Server too). I have held many positions from programmer on up to to senior data warehouse architect, senior systems architect, team lead, project manager, senior consultant, mentor and instructor. I have written lots of articles and white papers (mostly for Oracle users groups) and done well over 100 presentations (both nationally and internationally).
Long ago, I co-authored “Oracle Designer: A Template for Developing an Enterprise Standards Document” (with Mark Kramm) and “The Data Model Resource Book” (1st edition), with Bill Inmon and Len Silverston. I am also the co-author (with Dan Linstedt) of “The Business of Data Vault Modeling“.
I have several other books on data modeling, Oracle Data Modeler, and Data Vault out on Kindle now, which you can find by checking out my Amazon author page.
These days, I am a Sr Technical Evangelist for Snowflake Computing, working remotely out of The Woodlands, Texas. Drop me a line if you need help with your data warehouse, data models, or agile data processes!
You can also follow me on twitter now @KentGraziano.
Me and the Martial Arts
So that’s the part the Oracle and data world knows about. The other big piece about me is that I am a martial arts fanatic too. I have been practicing and teaching traditional Chang Hun (non-Olympic) Tae Kwon Do for over 35 years (which is actually longer than I have been doing Oracle and data modeling). All the details are over on the Rocky Mountain Tae Kwon Do site. Over the years I have been privileged to study several styles with some very gifted instructors, masters, and grand masters. I continue to train in Tae Kwon Do with my friends here in Texas. I attend, and give, workshops and seminars around the country whenever I can.
Other martial arts I am trained in or practice:
Chi Gung (20+ years) – fyi – I run morning Chi Gung sessions at several Oracle conferences now.
Chen-style Tai Chi Chuan (20+ years)
Escrima (20+ years)
Combat Hapkido (20+ years via seminars, 1 year formal training)
Yang-style Tai Chi Chuan (1 year)
Aikido (1 year, in Japan)
Judo (1 year, in Japan)
I have definitely learned a lot from this training, and it has influenced my approach to my work in IT and with Oracle. This will come up on my blog from time to time. 🙂
Anyway welcome to my blog!
Standard Disclaimer: Opinions expressed in this blog are my own and not necessarily those of the company I work for or past companies I have worked with.