Resume Professional History


Mike Towery    Phone: (214) 563-6358     Email:


I have over 35 years information technology experience in all phases of system development on a wide range of hardware, operating systems and enterprise-wide databases. I have installed and maintained numerous Oracle databases on numerous operating systems and performed a wide range of DBA activities for those databases including cloud migrations to various datacenters. I have been extensively involved in platform and system architecture and have been responsible for application tuning, database tuning, back up and recovery, and security for many large scale enterprise level applications. I have led the performance testing for a number of Oracle’s largest and most challenging application implementations. My teaching experience makes it possible to clearly communicate technical concepts to customers and clients.




KnightWorks Consulting, Plano TX

April 2000- Present Senior IT Consultant


KnightWorks Hosting,Remote DBA Support April 2001-Present

Remote DBA Support Administering a MySQL, SQLServer and Oracle installations, administration, upgrades, database design, dba support developers, managing user accounts, and performing backups for companies such as:

  • Energy Future Holdings:   Move of current Oracle environment to RAC, Golden Gate Monitoring
  • IBM: Banking Oracle Data Warehouse (Oracle 11)
  • BrightServ: Claim System   (Oracle 12) DBVisit DataGuard
  • CCS Medical: ERP System   ( Oracle 11 3 node Oracle RAC and Oracle 12 Apps)
  • Media Recovery Inc: Macola ERP system. (SQL Server 2008 Cluster)
  • TheVault: Facebook Application (Oracle 11 and SQL Server 2005)
  • LandRover: CRM System (MySQL 5)
  • CooperInstitute:   Elearning System (MySQL 4 and 5)
  • CopperSinks Direct: Ecommerce Website (MySQL 5)



NetScout , Plano, TX   2014-2015


  • Working on large data Oracle warehousing application for Cell phone tower monitoring.
  • Some databases load in excess of 90 billion call records a day.
  • Responsible for system database design and implementation of Oracle feature to improve performance on both the Exadata and Rac systems.
  • Prototyping of big data in Hadoop



Client:   US Steel , Inc.,Lonestar, TX 2006-2012

  • Support on Oracle Applications 11i and upgrade from 11.0.3 to
  • Oracle 12 Corporate Initiative
  • Conducted Oracle DBA training
  • SQL Server Cluster Setup and support



Client:   Texas Instruments, Inc., Dallas, TX 2001-2005 (TI has frequently called me over the last 5 years)

  • Support on Oracle Applications 11i and upgrade from 11..0.3, to 11.5.9, data warehouse, and various custom and third party applications.
  • Approximately 30 databases are maintained
  • Performed security audits of Oracle Databases and application servers. Developed security scripts utilized by audit department.
  • Was the lead DBA implementing the TI Education Products Division web site intruding on line teacher resources and product marketing that utilized J2EE and .net
  • Oracle DataGuard


Client:   Verizon, Woodland Hills, CA 2004

  • Converted MySQL Database to Oracle 9i
  • Trained the support staff in Oracle 9i
  • Tuned DataWarehouse with a tables over 2 billion rows


Client:   Lone Star Steel 2003

  • Oracle Apps 11i architecture and setup
  • Performance testing on AIX
  • End User Training


Client:, Richardson, Texas

  • Reporting development for detection monitoring system
  • Advised on Oracle Security.


Southern Methodist University, Plano, Texas

February 1999 – 2005, Oracle Instructor


Teach the following Oracle courses: Introduction PL*SQL, Database Administration, Performance Tuning, Backup and Recovery, and Networking for versions Oracle 8i and 9i.



The DataBase Group, Inc., Dallas, Texas

September 1999 – April 2001 Senior Oracle Consultant



Client:   Associates, Irving, TX (2001)

Mentoring of Jr. DBA’s, Production Support, and Data Warehousing.


Client:   ESI, Dallas, Texas (2001)

Application DBA support on Oracle 8i and application development using Oracle Forms 6.0 for Web based medical billing application.


Client:   Open Connect, Dallas, Texas (2001)

DBA support and training.


Client:   Nokia, Irving, TX (2001)

Web site Architecture and performance tuning.


Client:   Hewlett Packard, Richardson, TX

Developed load test Oracle database on HP / UX for HP PRM project


Client:   NEC, Irving, Texas (2000)

PeopleSoft performance tuning HR and Manufacturing version 7.5 and production architecture setup.


Client:   Fitz and Floyd, Lewisville, Texas (2000)

Upgrade of production database including Oracle Financials from Oracle 7.3.0 to 8.1.5 and performance tuning.


Client:   Decision One, Dallas, Texas (2000 – 2001)

PeopleSoft HR and Financials upgrade of Peoplesoft and performance tuning of parallel server environment on clustered servers.


Client:   La Madeleine, Dallas, Texas (1999)

Support of Oracle based HR application.


Modis Consulting, Dallas, Texas

May 1999 – September 1999, Senior Oracle Consultant


             Client: Dallas MetroCare (1999)

Setup of Oracle data warehouse with WebDB, which allowed user intranet queries and reports on Windows NT.


Client:   Inspec Foams (1999)

Refine data model of a laboratory management system and customer contact system.


Oracle Corporation, Irving, Texas

October 1997 – May 1999, Senior Principal Consultant


Client:   Texas Instruments (1999)

Project:   Custom Application Tuning

Performance tuning of I2 application.


Client:   LSG Sky Chef (1999)

Project:   Custom Application Tuning

Performance tuning of custom MRP application running on Alpha 8400 and NT.


Client:   Eaton Corporation (1999)

Project:   Application Tuning

Performance tuning of Oracle Manufacturing and HR n HP-UX.


Client: Access Graphics (1998)

Project:   Database Tuning

Performance tuning of Oracle Database on Solaris


Client:   Stanislau County (1988)

Project:   Oracle Application Tuning

Project lead on tuning of production Oracle Govt. Financials on Manufacturing on AIX.


Client:   F.L. SMIDTH (1998)

Project:   Oracle Application Tuning

Project lead on tuning of production Oracle Financials and Manufacturing on Digital Unix.


Client:   Bruel & Khaer (1998)

Project:   Oracle Application Tuning

Project lead on tuning of production Oracle Manufacturing on Digital Unix.


Client:   FritoLay Corporation (1998)

Project:   Oracle Application Benchmark

Project lead on benchmark of Oracle Financials on AIX.


Client:   Micron Corporation (1998)

Project:   Oracle Application Tuning

Project lead on tuning of production Oracle Manufacturing on Sequent.


Client:   Sun Corporation (1998)

Project:   Backup / Recovery Strategy

  • Project lead on providing backup and recovery strategy for 35 large Oracle databases in high availability environment.
  • All job scheduling was setup in Autosys Job scheduler.
  • System including standby database solution, fail over of E10Ks, and reporting database created through the moving of mirrors in Veritas on Solaris.


Client:   Sony Corporation (1997)

Project:   Oracle Application Tuning

Tuning of Production Oracle Manufacturing Application including optimization of WinFrame environment on HP UNIX.


Client:   Tandy Corporation (1997)

Project:   Peoplesoft Benchmark

  • Benchmark and tuning of PeopleSoft Financial Application on HP UNIX.
  • Worked with developers to tune custom code and develop backup strategy.


Koch Refining Company, Corpus Christi, Texas

May 1995 – October 1997, Oracle DBA


  • Established IS Department including hiring, infrastructure, and direct supervision of 6 person staff for the East Plant, formerly Kerr-McGee Refinery.
  • Setup and administer Oracle, data modeling, and technical design consulting including integration requirements for data warehouse and lab system.



Health Net, Woodland Hills, California

December 1994 – April 1995, Sr. Business System Analyst

  • Project management, analysis, and design of applications.
  • Lead the team to implement an out of area claims management system on Oracle with a MS Visual Basic front end.



Bank of Kirksville, Kirksville, Missouri

April 1990 – May 1994, Chief Information Officer, VP

  • Directed the upgrade of the computer system from an IBM System 36 to an AS400.
  • Installed and maintained bank wide Novell Network and interfaced it to AS400.
  • Installed and maintained a UNIX POD system.
  • Trained bank personnel on use of new systems
  • Automation of the bank resulted in expense reductions of 30% while growing total assets by 50%.
  • Designed and tested backup, recovery and security systems to meet FDIC requirements.
  • Designed and implemented fail over system for 7*24 ATM operations.


Security Pacific State Trust Company, Pasadena, CA

1989-1990, Business System Analyst

  • Prepared business and technical requirements for Institutional trust systems
  • Production support of critical systems


Hughes Aircraft Company, El Segundo, CA

1982-1988, Electrical Engineer

  • Build Test Equipment for F18 radars.
  • Programmed in the Atlas Language
  • Developed at Dbase based planning system for the production tracking of test equipment

Papers and Presentations

  • Presenter, “How to become an Oracle Applications   Dallas Oracle Users Group, Irving, TX (2007)
  • Presenter and Author, “Oracle 10G and Toad 8.0’, Toad Users Group, Dallas, TX (2004)
  • Presenter and Author, “Using the Database Resource Manager” SCOUG in Dallas, TX (2003)
  • Presenter and Author, “How to Avoid Database Reorganizations”, IOUG, San Diego, CA (2002)
  • Presenter and Author, “A methodology for Tuning Oracle Applications”, SCOUG, Houston, TX (1999)
  • Presenter and Author, “SQL Tracing Overview”, Oracle OpenWorld, San Francisco, California (1998)
  • Presenter and Author, “Tuning Oracle Applications”, Oracle Premium Services, Copenhagen, Denmark (1998)


Advisory Roles

  • Leap Computing – Cloud Based Gaming and Remote Desktop
  • Planet Blue Beverage – Promotion Sports Drink
  • PaceSetter Capital – Technology due diligence
  • Solarium Funding – Technology advisor for loan processing systems




Bachelor of Science in Business Management – Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA 1987

Field of Study:   Courses in accounting, economics and business law with an emphasis on management information systems

Undergraduate Study – Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 1980

Field of Study:   Undergraduate computer courses including FORTRAN and COBOL. Attended on Debate Team Scholarship


Awards and Certifications:

  • Oracle OCP Certified
  • Consultant of the Quarter, Oracle System Performance Group (1998)


Professional Affiliations:

  • Dallas Area User Group – Vice President 2010-2014
  • UT Dallas Big Data Club (Hadoop)