What’s a Developer Advocate?

The job of a Developer Advocate is a challenging but interesting one. We have the opportunity to explore so many innovative technologies and better, we discuss and work with startups, partners and developers in order to create killer applications and cloud solutions.

I’m very proud to be part of a fantastic team of Developer Advocates in Oracle EMEA. However, most people do not understand what a Developer Advocate does. So, here’s my quick explanation:

As Developer Advocates, we focus on outreach activities so that we can help developers use a number of technologies, frameworks, tools and cloud services.

Among those technologies, we have cutting-edge, emerging technologies like Blockchain, IoT, AI and DevOps and others, the ones that allow enterprises to innovate and increase their revenues. Then I would say that our ultimate goal is:

To help developers do whatever they need in order to develop their products, execute their ideas and innovate so that they can be successful in their endeavors.

The happiest side of it is that we also write good code, we use great tools and frameworks to develop Microservices systems aligned with the MicroProfile project for example.

Do you need to orchestrate Docker containers with Kubernetes? Checked! In order to complement such solution, you want to implement the services mesh architectural approach to Microservices with Istio, right? Checked!

And then you need the finest Java Microservices library out there? We have Helidon, the Java Microservices Library. Checked!

I do not need to provide more examples, you know Oracle is strong and unique in technology and open-source, and we are the team that helps developers innovate with our second to none technology.

Let’s say that additionally you also want to go Serverless and achieve the highest level of hardware and platform abstraction, right?

Ok, we have the excellent Fn project (the container native Serverless framework) created by Oracle. We have a complete solutions stack! Come on, let’s build it then!

We can help with many different technologies as our skills and backgrounds range from Blockchain, Java, microservices, serverless, containers and Kubernetes, infrastructure, front-end web technologies, open-source, gaming, artificial intelligence to software and solutions architecture and all things Cloud.

In order to provide true value and maximize the quality of our contributions to the broader developer community (both inside and outside our team), we execute actions aligned with three core Developer Advocacy pillars as listed below:

Content Creation — we have a special focus on content creation, so blog posts, videos, tutorials, quick guides, articles and workshops are among the rich content we create in order to help developers. We understand that good content is crucial to help developers accelerate the creation of mission critical applications and solutions. Beyond content creation, we also share relevant technical content and we use social media outlets for that;

Community Engagements — we use all the options we have to engage with developers — both online activities (webinars, social media, live Q&A sessions, discussion forums, Slack channels, StackOverflow, open-source projects, Github and others) as well as face to face ones (technology conferences, meetups, user groups, workshops, hackatons) so we can meet and help you in places where you have your questions discussed and the interactions happen within the IT communities. Just to mention, we organize great developer conferences as part of our Oracle Code events;

Engineering and Product Management — While we connect with developers face to face and online with the primary goal of helping them to build their solutions, we also collect their feedback regarding our services, APIs and SDKs. Then we work together with Oracle’s product management and engineering teams in order to implement the requested features and improve our services and software.

At the end of the day we want to help you use our best in class, cutting-edge technologies to “manage and protect the world’s data for the benefit of all”.

So now that you understand our role, our team and how we can help, let’s talk about how we can accelerate you with our varied core technologies in order to execute your ideas.

Be it that innovative project you’re working on at the moment, an IT transformation and modernization project or research and development , there are many things we can provide in order to help your IT teams and as a consequence your business.

I strongly advise you to have a look at our Oracle Cloud services (IaaS, PaaS and Saas) as well as our Oracle Developer resources for Databases, Blockchain, Containers including Kubernetes and Serverless, Java, Javascript, DevOps, Chatbots and APIs.

So, if you happen to need something related to the topics I listed above, feel free to contact me on Twitter, LinkedIn or obviously here on Medium.

And at last but not least we also believe in Open-Source (MySQL is one example of our strong commitment) and we have a diverse set of reusable code libraries and components published on GitHub! Not to mention that we have an extensive collection of OSS projects related to Linux and Docker containers but also our own solutions Virtual Box, that virtualization tool that every serious IT professional has in a toolbox.

So for small companies, the time to execute ideas, implement not only automation but true AI and expedite their business processes has come.

Likewise, for big corporations with legacy systems, the technologies cited above can be readily applied to help them with the complex and arduous journey of IT Transformation and Modernization. It’s hard to imagine the possibilities we have, so just feel free to approach us!

Cloud has allowed companies to focus back on their core niches and be liberated to amplify their gains without having to manage all the burden of IT governance, infrastructure, security and all the critical non-functional requirements.

Think about it, never before technology and IT corporations offered us the opportunity to get mission critical cloud environments, services, systems, tools and programming languages without having to deal with the problems of hardware depreciation, investment needs and all the issues with on-premises data centers.

There’s no better time experiment with the Oracle Cloud, the only Cloud Infrastructure (IaaS) that started from scratch to create a second to none Generation 2 Cloud. In case you want to know more about the technical features of this Gen2 cloud, please check this video.

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Juarez Junior

Juarez Junior

Senior Principal #Java Developer Evangelist @ Oracle. Invite me to speak about #Java #OracleDatabase #OracleCloud #Blockchain #DevRel ☕️🥑