Steve Karam, OCM, Oracle ACE



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  Steve Karam is one of less than 20 DBA's worldwide to achieve the coveted Oracle 10g Certified Master status and he has been honored with the prestigious Oracle ACE designation.  A former senior instructor for Oracle University, Steve has a proven track record in performance and troubleshooting on dozens of high profile Oracle systems, and complex Oracle 10g RAC environments.  See  Steve Karam instructor comments and Steve Karam Books here.

Combining his organization and technical skills, Steve serves as a Senior Oracle Consultant for Burleson Consulting, Steve investigates an unprecedented number of Oracle databases and he excels at Oracle database assessment, Oracle tuning and system optimization.  Steve Karam is also an accomplished Oracle Instructor and teaches dozens of Oracle classes for BC (




  • Oracle ACE - 2006 - One of the highest honors bestowed on any Oracle professional.

  • Oracle 10g Certified Master - 2005 - One of ten in the world currently, certification estimated to be held by no more than 120 people worldwide.

  • Oracle Certified Professional (OCP)



Steve has more than eight years as a DBA with a proven track record in performance and troubleshooting on over dozens of high profile Oracle systems. Committed to fast product development while retaining emphasis on database stability. Steve possesses the skills to quickly adapt to any environment during any point of the project cycle and provide efficient response to company deadlines and system complications. Steve is an energetic self-starter with excellent organizational, analytical, and creative skills with an extremely in-depth knowledge of the Oracle database and other products.


Oracle 7 – 10g DBA

• Oracle 10g Certified Master
• High Availability – Real Application Clusters (RAC) and Advanced Replication
• Disaster Recovery – Data Guard and RMAN
• Security – Auditing, Network Security, SOX
• OLAP/VLDB/Warehousing
• Oracle Text and interMedia
• Modeling, Architecture, Installation, Upgrades, Migration
• SQL and PL/SQL
• Training and Mentoring

Operating System Administration and Hardware Support

• Unix (Solaris) – E6800, E4500, 220R with StorEdge A1000, D1000, SAN
• Linux (RedHat Enterprise, Fedora, Mandrake, SUSE) – Intel Xeon and Itanium Servers

Other Database Platforms

• MS SQL Server 7 – 2000, MS Access, MS FoxPro

Other Development Platforms

• XML, XSLT, Web Services
• HTML and JavaScript



Trader Publishing Company Virginia Beach, VA 9/2005 - Present
Database/Systems Manager

• Lead role in new system acquisitions and migrations
• Implemented ground breaking data distribution channels utilizing object-oriented techniques that cut man hours by over 500%.
• Developed, planned, and implemented full multi-site disaster recovery and high availability solutions for all of Trader Publishing Company on Oracle 10g.
• Official “Answer Man,” regarded as top source for solutions on any problem.

Oracle Corporation Reston, VA 9/2004 – 9/2005
Senior Instructor

• Wrote all scripts and multiple scenarios as a Team Lead for the Oracle 10g Certified Master project
• Training students in the following DBA courses: 9i Fundamentals I, 9i Fundamentals II, 9i Performance Tuning, 9i Security, 9i RAC on Linux, 9i Database for Developers, 10g Workshop I, 10g Workshop II, 10g Security, 10g RAC, 10g New Features, 10g SQL Tuning Workshop
• Lead Instructor for 10g: Security; recognized Oracle University Security guru
• Attained top 3% of global instructors for the quarter (Leadership Circle)

Trader Publishing Company Virginia Beach, VA 1/2001 – 9/2004
Senior Database Administrator

• Troubleshooting, backup and recovery, proactive database and system maintenance, proactive monitoring, security, research and development, all levels of performance tuning, architecture and design, mentoring, and support
• Implemented a four node 10g RAC cluster on an Itanium2 platform with NetApp SAN storage
• Key member of Fraud Service Bureau, utilizing data mining for real-time fraud countermeasures.
• Remodeled all database systems to 3NF compliance and a superior server configuration
• Migrated a 300GB database powering a multi-million dollar website from two 8i Servers to a single 9i E6800 Server with disaster recovery in under five hours. No downtime or data loss was incurred.

Logicon Inc. Williamsburg, VA 7/1999 - 1/2001
Sr. Analyst/Database Administrator

• Implemented the Visa Points Wizard with Oracle 8i and Smart Card technology
• Created the Standard Army Retail Supply System/Business Process Server
• Added new communications technology into the Army’s Worldwide Port System
• Provided support for the Air Force Supply Asset Tracking System

Lambda Consulting Virginia Beach, VA 1/1998 - 7/1999
Database Administrator

• Modeled the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Cost Estimation system
• Built new database systems for the Navy’s Organic Direct Vendor Delivery



  • Hampton Roads Oracle User’s Group, Chesapeake, VA 2004 - present
    Lead Speaker on DBA topics

  • Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach, VA 2005
    Oracle Internet Academy Program Advisory Board Member

  • Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 2005
    Association of IT Professionals, Speaker