Richard Koranteng

How to Add Value On Every Project

IT Consulting can be challenging, especially when you find yourself struggling to show your value in a multi-vendor consulting engagement. Most companies rely on different consulting firms and contractors in order to achieve their technology goals. Although this can be very beneficial to the company, it can also be difficult and chaotic for the consultants. Embracing the chaos is a must-have characteristic for an IT consultant, followed by these three simple rules on how to provide value.

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Avoid Office Politics

Skip The Office Drama And Focus On Your Skills

At some point in your career you are going to deal with combative co-workers or manipulative supervisors. These two types of people are your usual suspects in a toxic environment – an environment filled with office drama, power struggles, distrust, and alot of hallway gossip. Surviving in a toxic work environment, at least until you find your exist strategy, will require alot of discipline and patience. The advice and recommendations in this blog are based on the realities of overcoming a horrible work environment. 

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Secure Your Joomla Website With 2FA

I recently upgraded my Joomla! site to version 3.9.2. As I was reading through the post installation messages I noticed that Two-Factor Authentication was available. How exciting, finally another layer of security around user authentication. Apparently the Two-Factor Authentication was added to the Joomla! core as of version 3.2: I’m a little late to the game but this feature is so cool and easy to implement that I have to spread the word.

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Avoid The Employee Zone When Consulting

I’ve always considered my customer’s issues a priority, no matter how easy or challenging the issue may be. This approach has helped me establish great relationships with customers, however it has also been a source of frustration early in my career. Because of my relentless attitude towards resolving the issue, customers would conveniently put me in the “employee zone” – the zone where all their IT problems became my problem. As a consultant, being put in the “employee zone” is toxic primarily because of misaligned expectations.

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Soft Skill Tips To Help You Grow Your IT Career

Alot of junior IT professionals make the assumption that their talents alone will get them far in the tech workforce. Sorry to be  the bearer of bad news, but your talent is meaningless in the tech workforce. There are several things that you should do inorder to succeed and continue to grow your IT career, however all of them can be summed up in two simple categories (technical skills and soft skills). Technical skills are self explanatory: simply stated, master your craft and obtain certs/credentials to showcase your IT knowledge.  This blog will cover the  steps/actions needed to improve your soft skills.

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Flushing Shared Pool In Production DB

The Oracle Database Server is made up of two main components; the instance and database. The instance consists of memory structures and background processes, whiles the database is a collection of physical database files. If we look at the Oracle Database architecture we can see that there is an organized layout for the memory structures, in which we can find the main memory structure and it’s sub-memory structures.

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You Need More Than Talent

I’ve had the opportunity to work along side a wide range of personalities. Some of these personalities have left a lasting impression on me and I’ve always wondered why. More importantly I wonder why some of the people I’ve met in my professional career have succeeded whiles others failed or stayed stagnant.  I’ve finally reached my own conclusion. Successful IT professionals find ways to turn their talents into valuable skills.

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Faster Run-Time In Oracle 12c Data Pump Import

I remember when Data Pump was introduced in Oracle 10g database; it was ground-breaking at that time with all the cool features such as the ability to pause and resume an operation or even export/import an entire tablespace. Well if you thought that was exciting then hold on to your seat for what you are about to hear. Oracle 12c database allows you to suppress the generation of redo during a Data Pump import. 

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OBIEE Pre-req Check Failure on OEL 5.11

Did I Just Hit a Bug

A client recently asked me to provision Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) on Oracle Enterprise Linux (OEL) 5.11 in their pre-prod environment. Even though this was my first time provisioning OBIEE on this specific version of the OS, I was still very confident that it would be a fairly easy deployment since I had recently deployed the same version of OBIEE on RHEL.

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