James Morle has been an IT professional since the early 1980s, moving into very large scale Oracle-based systems from the early 90s an onwards. He is the founder of Scale Abilities Ltd, co-founder of the OakTable Network, and an Oracle ACE Director. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book Scaling Oracle8i and a co-author of Oracle Insights. His passion is on getting deep understanding of all the components in the stack, applying that knowledge in solving complex customer problems, and communicating findings in an honest, lucid and candid way. He plays lead guitar in a Metal band, but does not have long hair or tattoos.