Based in Canberra, Australia, Richard has been working in the IT industry for over twenty-seven years, seventeen-plus years with Oracle database technologies. In late 1996, Richard joined Oracle Corporation as a DBA specialist and technical trainer. He was regarded as one of the top DBA specialists and instructors in the Australasia region and won many internal awards and accolades.
In 2002, Richard left Oracle Corporation to become an independent consultant. He worked at various Oracle sites in the Canberra region helping to diagnose and resolve numerous performance issues. During this time, he served as president of the ACT Oracle User Group (ACTOUG), where he also presented regularly. In 2002, he became a member of the well-respected Oracle OakTable Network. In 2005, Richard was permanently employed by the Australian government as a DBA specialist, supporting mission-critical, large-scale Oracle databases.
Richard is a very popular speaker and regularly presents at conferences including Oracle OpenWorld, Collaborate, Hotsos Symposium, InSync, and at the E4 Enkitec Extreme Exadata Expo. Richard became an Oracle ACE Director in 2008 and hosts a very well-respected blog on Oracle Index Internals (richardfoote.wordpress.com). He also presents a highly successful in-depth seminar on Index Internals for Oracle University, which he has presented in over a dozen countries.
In late 2011, Richard rejoined Oracle Corporation as a Technical Pre-Sales Consultant and is an Oracle ACE employee.