Judson Althoff's steady hand has taken the Oracle channel effort to the next level. The nine-year Oracle veteran, who has the ear of Oracle President Chuck Phillips, revamped the company's channel program to put the focus on certifications around specific Oracle products. That's important given the breadth and depth of Oracle's product line. The new program puts increased emphasis on training. No small matter given Oracle's legacy of having the most highly trained and technically astute solution providers on the planet. Look for Althoff to continue to use his powers of persuasion to get Oracle solution providers more tools and support.