About

NuDais Consulting LLC

A small consulting firm specializing in Oracle Database technology, owned and operated by Sean Francis.

Oracle Database administration is my primary skill set. I also have experience with SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle Cloud and other database platforms.

Proactively managing and maintaining the database infrastructure is often my focus. I am a strong proponent of standardization, automation and compliance, supplemented by repeatable processes and detailed documentation. I look for opportunities to improve the stability, security and performance of mission critical database systems through analysis, configuration, patching, upgrade, migration and conversion. Solving problems, handling vendor relations, effective communication and speed of deployment are other ways I help make the database infrastructure an even more valuable resource for the business. I always strive to improve and enhance the database infrastructure and enjoy both sharing and gaining knowledge through collaboration, team work and leading by example.

My career success is based upon being professional, curious, resilient and maintaining my technical currency through training, research, practice and industry certification. I have run my own consulting company and have worked all over the US and UK. Sometimes in large DBA/Infrastructure teams, other times as the only database person on staff. This combination of full time and consulting roles has enabled me to grow both professionally and personally. Some highlights include building and migrating data centers, delivering Oracle Database training classes and the privilege of leading DBA teams and complex projects.

I am open to Senior or Lead Database Administration/Infrastructure opportunities, either full time or in a contract consulting capacity. I look for technical environments where I can fully leverage and expand my skills, knowledge and experience. I look for working environments which are fun, flexible, collaborative and conducive to high quality work. Major technical challenges, addressing work backlogs and helping to bring order to difficult situations are all things I like to work on.

My preferred work location is the north Houston, TX area (The Woodlands, Spring, Tomball, etc.) or remote.

If you would like to discuss an appropriate opportunity, please get in touch here.

A Brief Professional History.

I graduated with an Honors Degree in Computer Science from De Montfort University in Leicester (UK). My immediate ambition was to be a computer programmer. I achieved that with my first proper job, writing Application Master 4GL and COBOL for ICL mainframes. I was good at it, but quickly discovered I didn’t want to be a computer programmer for the rest of my life!

My second job out of college was an Information Center Analyst which involved general IT infrastructure support. Within a year, I was chosen to support my then employer’s Business Process Re-engineering project, which was undertaken by business consultants from Oracle Corporation (UK). The role required extensive knowledge of the Oracle Database and the Oracle CASE tools, neither of which I had at the time. Over the next several months I was sent on multiple Oracle training courses and thus, an Oracle career was born. What a lucky break!

Since then my DBA career has been quite varied. I have worked as both a full time on staff DBA as well as a DBA consultant for companies across the US and UK. I ran my own consulting company in the UK for a few years which was a lot of fun. It was through working for myself that I had the opportunity to work for one of my clients directly in the US. I have lived and worked in America ever since and eventually resurrected my old UK company name as an American LLC.

Just some of the companies I have either worked for or consulted at over the years include:

IBM
Europcar
Schlumberger
Deutsche Bank
JP Morgan Chase
Thomson Reuters
Sun Microsystems
Target Corporation
Apache Corporation
Allianz Cornhill Insurance
Intel Professional Services
Adams Resources & Energy

My Oracle Database experience covers Oracle Version 6 up to and including Oracle Database 19c. I have also worked on practically every operating system Oracle has ever supported. I am a long time supporter of Oracle’s Database Administration Certification. I hold Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) DBA credentials for Oracle Database 12c and all prior Oracle Database versions back to Oracle7.3 inclusive. I also have a SQL Server certification which needs some serious updating if I’m honest.

I am deeply committed to my specialty. If you mention the word database you’ll usually have my attention.

The Fun Stuff.

My company name NuDais is pronounced “new day-is”. I get asked this all the time, so probably not a stroke of marketing genius by me. That said, it’s derived from my love of music. 🎵

A Timeless Classic

Nu comes from the musical genius the world knows as Gary Numan. Many will only know of him by his massive worldwide 1979 hit single, Cars. There’s so much more to his innovative, pioneering and influential career which is still going strong. His 2017 album Savage (Songs From A Broken World) reached #2 in the official UK album chart and in November 2018, he performed a sold out show with a full orchestra at London’s Royal Albert Hall. I’ve seen him play live over 100 times and even got to work with him in his recording studio back in 1993. Pretty cool, huh? For recent Numan output, check out When The World Comes Apart from Savage.

Epic & Genius

Dais comes from the lyrics of a song called Chessboards recorded by my favorite band, Killing Joke. It means ‘a raised or higher platform’ (hence new higher platform consulting – get it?). The song is taken from their 1986 album, Brighter Than A Thousand Suns, which is epic and genius. Killing Joke continue to be a massive influence on the music industry and have enjoyed a prolonged career of prophetic and apocalyptic excellence. I have seen them play live many times and in September 2018 actually got to meet the band for the first time. Killing Joke’s music is as beautiful as it is brutal. Check out Euphoria from their 2015 album, Pylon.

My own music collection gets added to on an ongoing basis. Naturally everything is cataloged in an Oracle Database.😉 Latest totals are (as of January 2020):

Format Including Count
Digital Discs CD, DVD Audio, Video CD 1,749
Vinyl 7", 10", 12", Colored Discs, Picture Discs, Shaped Discs 370
Downloaded Music FLAC, WMA, MP3, WAV, etc. 262
TOTAL NUMBER of TITLES 2,381

Last 10 Additions:

01. A Torment of Angels by Dramatis (Download, 2020)
02. Sci-Fi Lullabies by Suede (CD, 2014)
03. LIVE From The Edge Of The World by Over The Rhine (CD, 2017)
04. Maybe They Will Sing For Us Tomorrow by Hammock (CD, 2008)
05. Oblivion Hymns by Hammock (CD, 2013)
06. Everything and Nothing by Hammock (CD, 2016)
07. To Lose My Life (Deluxe Edition) by White Lies (CD, 2019)
08. The Crossing by David Helpling & Jon Jenkins (CD, 2010)
09. Sigint by False Mirror (CD, 2018)
10. Stealth by Sleep Research Facility (CD, 2012)

I also have a modest recording setup at home comprised of several guitars, synthesizers, effects units and a drum machine. Everything I need to write and record a ground breaking and best selling electronic/rock album. One day. 🤣 Pride of place in my setup is my cherry sunburst Gibson Les Paul Standard. 🎸

My other interests include creating content for this website which takes ages, but makes me learn new things about my chosen technologies. And more about WordPress than I really want to know. 😕

I’m a Certified Spinning Instructor and in the past have taught public Spinning classes at LA Fitness. These days I workout at home on my own Spinner Elite bike. There’s nothing like doing a hard interval ride in your garage during a 100° F and 70% humidity Houston summer day. Feel the burn! 🚴

I don’t mind a bit of video game action from time to time. I really only play first person shooters. 🎮

Currently Playing:
Far Cry 3 on Xbox 360.

When I’m not working or creating website content or buying / listening to / playing music or working out (while listening to music) or playing video games, I like to read horror novels. Favorite authors include Richard Laymon, Shaun Hutson and James Herbert. For something a little less violent, Arthur Hailey and Jeffrey Archer keep me entertained. 📚

Currently Reading:
Hacker (The Outlaw Chronicles) by Ted Dekker (2014)