Developed by BMC Software and co-sponsored by Oracle, the "Challenge" started in April of this year on the community portal. DBAs visited the site each month and were presented with a series of technical questions developed by industry gurus. These monthly quizzes started in April with more than 10,000 people visiting the Challenge. More than 3,000 of these people actually took the monthly tests. The winner of the Challenge was Connor McDonald an independent consultant from the United Kingdom. He was named SmartDBA for 2002 during an awards ceremony held at OracleWorld.

The grand prize Challenge was held during the month of September and developed specifically for OracleWorld. This Challenge featured a single essay question with the winner receiving an all-expense paid trip to OralceWorld and recognition among his peers as an expert in the field of database management.

The panel of judges for the grand prize Challenge/OracleWorld contest also are the creators and graders of questions These panelists, otherwise known as the "SmartTeam" include: Tom Kyte, Oracle senior vice president of Core Technology; Don Burleson, leading industry consultant; Dave Ensor, BMC certified Oracle Master; Dave Moore, BMC database product architect and author of numerous Oracle publications; Rich Landry, the SmartTeam captain and BMC Enterprise Data Management field executive (and a DBA manager in his former life); and Lenny Blumberg, BMC DBA and product developer.

For some additional background, anonymity was maintained by removing all personal information from the answers prior to submission to the judges. This was a completely global contest, with entries spanning from the U.S. to Ukraine. The entrants were rewarded grades by the SmartTeam based on specific criteria. Connor's answer was chosen because it addressed all critical points.

The Challenge questions will continue to appear on a monthly basis on the portal next year.

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