Words of Wisdom with Oracle ACE’s: Opal Alapat

As we approach the end of summer and have passed the midpoint of 2020, we thought it would be a good time for some reflection and to renew the connection with our community’s leading industry experts. As we missed seeing them at the many Oracle conferences this year, we’ve asked them to share their advice, recommendations and reflections on how to stay up to date and connected bearing in mind the current COVID-19 challenges. Stay tuned over the next few weeks and watch this space to hear from some of your favourite Oracle ACE’s.. 

Jumping straight in with our first expert, she has collaborated with AuraPlayer on many successful projects and is an awesome professional who we love working with. A rockstar woman in technology and one of the few Oracle ACE Director women (along with our CEO, Mia Urman). Without further ado, to share her tech tips with us: Opal Alapat, Practice Director from interRel Consulting.

Q: In brief, what do you do from 9-5pm? 

 OA: Lol. That is a good question! I wear many hats. I manage people, manage my practice, work on sales deals, train customers, help customers assess their personal journey to the Cloud, work on internal initiatives, manage our EPM Cloud environments, and more!

 Q: What is the most exciting thing happening in your field right now? 

 OA: The advancement of AI into Oracle EPM Cloud technologies. It’s already started, and I can’t wait to see more features over the next 2 years!

Q: What advice would you give customers ? 

 OA: If you’re an Oracle EPM on-prem customer deciding next steps, it’s very important to do your research. The platform landscape has vastly changed in just one short year. Research what’s available today, the pros and cons of each and how they impact both your solutions and end users, licensing costs, end of life support for supporting and solution software, and which direction each platform is going. If you’re already on EPM Cloud, don’t forget about change and change management! Change management is a process and not a destination. Successful user adoption begins here!

Q: What are the top 3 resources you use to do your job and succeed (oracle blog? LinkedIn? YouTube channel?) 

 OA: As a developer, Cloud Customer Connect (website), Oracle EPM Cloud monthly product updates (website), and the wonderful Oracle Product Management team (resources)!


As always, insightful, inspiring and tangible! Thanks Opal. 

To learn more from Opal checkout our exclusive interview with her from last years Oracle Open World, check it out here:

Have any questions on moving your systems into the next generation? Feel free to set up a demo with one of our AuraPlayer experts. 

Watch this space for our next guest interview…


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David Buch
Senior Products Manager

David, our Senior Products Manager, is a highly experienced professional specializing in product definition, innovations, and development, with broad customer understanding, and skillful people management. He has over 20 years of R&D work experience, and continues to excel in his expertise. When he is not working, David enjoys spending his time as a professional tuba player joining symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles.

Elizabeth Pearl
Relationship Manager

Before joining AuraPlayer, Elizabeth completed a Masters degree in Education and worked as a teacher. Elizabeth’s role as Customer Relationship Manager combines both her passion for technology and her deep desire to educate  others. On a daily basis, Elizabeth takes the valuable insights she gained as a teacher and uses them to rise within the world of tech. She uses her skills of active listening, organization, preparation, and clear communication to enhance the wonderful relationships she has with both coworkers and customers.


Elizabeth is originally from the United States but currently resides in England. In her spare time, she loves exercising, spending time with her family and friends, and playing volleyball.

Nathalie Wasserman
CFO & Operations Manager

Natalie is proud to be AuraPlayer’s Operations and Chief Financial Officer. She takes pride in her work, and loves being a part of the AuraPlayer family. Prior to working at AuraPlayer, Nathalie worked at various companies as an accountant. She attended the University College London (UCL), where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in economics and business. She then went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Political Economies in Eastern Europe. 

Gwen Edwards
VP Business Development

An expert in helping businesses seize their potential and grow, Gwen is committed to take AuraPlayer to the next level. With over 30 years of experience in the high technology sector and working with Fortune 500 companies, she works as an advisor for growing businesses to help enhance their value and reach their business objectives. She’s a dynamic member of our team, leveraging her sales and marketing, and P&L experience to our current and future product suite.

Gwen also serves on a several private company boards in Silicon Valley, and is an active member of the angel investment network, Golden Seeds.

Yossi Nakash
CTO & Co-Founder

A true developer, Yossi has been developing and coding in Java / J2EE, C++, .Net, and C# for over 20 years, focusing mainly on the RD side of things. Entering the Oracle World about 10 years ago, Yossi immersed himself in the world of Oracle SOA, Weblogic, EBS and EBS Mobile, as well as the Java side of things.

Prior to joining Mia to found AuraPlayer, Yossi held the role of RD team leader at RadView and was a Java developer at Motorola.