Software company Oracle has launched a free exchange programme that can offer projects and jobs to New Zealand's 2700 Oracle developers.
OTN Xchange is a targeted skills exchange allowing Internet developers from New Zealand and overseas to buy, sell and auction technical services as well as manage individual, corporate or open source development projects, all online. It has been developed with Collab.net, an open source software company. "The OTN Xchange will provide the centralised location Oracle developers need to find work and extend their community," says Collab.Net technology head and co-founder Brian Behlendorf. OTN Xchange will also provide instant access to Oracle-related full time jobs and contract opportunities from multiple sources. Current plans are for the OTN Xchange to include jobs from other online employment portals and job search sites. OTN members will also be able to up-skill by accessing ibooks from the OTN homepage. Ibooks.com will let members access technical publications and preview and purchase them before viewing over the Internet. Oracle says OTN also offers content designed specifically for database administrators (DBAs). DBAs responsible for deploying and managing enterprise-class applications on the Internet and intranets can get specific application development content and software from OTN. DBAs will find topics ranging from security and integration manageability to performance and scalability. Oracle spokesman Jeremy Burton says the service should improve developer skills and careers and "is a sign of the company's commitment to the open source community". A spokesman for Oracle New Zealand says Oracle employs 150 people here, but certified Oracle developers make up the remainder, based on a survey by its US parent. See Oracle for details.