Iggy Who?

Iggy FernandezMy name is Ignatius. Everyone calls me Iggy. My name means “fiery” (the Latin word for fire is ignis and the Sanskrit word for fire is agni). I grew up in the same town as British rock star Freddie Mercury; that’s your clue. I now live in Northern California, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

I have worked with Oracle Database in many capacities and am always interested in exploring new opportunities; here is a resume. I’m a very big fan of the ODA concept because RAC raises the bar higher than most IT organizations can handle.

I am the editor of the NoCOUG Journal and the author of Beginning Oracle Database 11g Administration(Apress, 2009).  I have a lot of opinions but am willing to change them when confronted with fresh facts. As the American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson said in 1841 in his essay on self-reliance: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. … speak what you think to-day in words as hard as cannon-balls, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day.”

Feel free to correct me when I say something wrong. You can reach me at iggy_fernandez@hotmail.com or you can leave a note for me below.

  1. Ketan Bhatt
    January 3, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Congratulations for new book and best wishes for next.
    – Ketan Bhatt

  2. Prerak Mehta
    March 28, 2010 at 6:04 pm


    It is absolutely fantastic to see you become Oracle ACE & big congrats on your book(s).


  3. tylerv
    April 13, 2010 at 6:13 am

    Hope to catch your presentations at IOUG – and really enjoyed the quote about being flexible when presented with new facts, very true.

  4. July 6, 2010 at 6:18 am

    Very nice to see your profile and interested to share with oracle experince.

  5. asdf
    March 3, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    nice unique name ikky and great database quotes and article too!. hey i see htat book in barnes and noble.

  6. Tanvir
    May 28, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Hi, I want to become a DBA. I have got my BS degree and I have some knowledge on Databases. What can you recommend for new learners like me and how can i get a job as a DBA? Please advise.

  7. Iggy Fernandez
    May 28, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Tanvir :

    Hi, I want to become a DBA. I have got my BS degree and I have some knowledge on Databases. What can you recommend for new learners like me and how can i get a job as a DBA? Please advise.

    Hello, Tanvir,

    I replied at https://iggyfernandez.wordpress.com/2011/05/28/i-want-to-become-a-dba/.

    Kindest regards,


  8. sarayu
    November 10, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    I am reading your book. It is very helpful for me as I am learning so many technical and non-technical points from your book. In instance tuning chapter, you gave sql on how to mine data from statspack. Can you help to give queries which use AWR instead of statspack as many people may be using AWR instead of statspack now?


    • Iggy Fernandez
      November 11, 2013 at 10:51 am

      Hi, Sarayu,

      Thank you for the kind words. You can find lots of AWR scripts on the internet. However, very few sites can legally use AWR because it requires not only the pricey Enterprise Edition but also the Diagnostics Pack. That’s why I emphasized Statspack in my book. Check out “simulated ASH” (SASH) at http://www.kylehailey.com/ash-masters/33-2/.

      Kindest regards,


  9. Nicholas Hurt
    June 27, 2014 at 5:43 am

    Hi Iggy, Just wanted to congratulate you on an amazing presentation at Kscope. I could not find the presentation on the scope website, if you would be kind enough to email it to me I would really like to read it again. Thank you, all the best. Nick.

    • Iggy Fernandez
      June 27, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      Thank you for the kind words. I have emailed the paper to you. Kindest regards, Iggy

  10. Elvin Hoekstra
    January 28, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Hi Iggy I a using your Beginning Oracle 11g book as the textbook for a class I’m instructing. Where can answers be found to Chapter 1 exercises?

  11. DanielTurl
    June 1, 2019 at 12:38 am

    Actual topic,

  12. September 29, 2020 at 12:09 pm

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  1. May 14, 2010 at 8:05 am

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