Oracle Database Other Advice

Maurice Aelion
Senior DBA at MA Consulting
When selecting a vendor, the most important thing is that they have people who know the business. We have some databases, for example, for which it is very rare to find a person who knows something about them. Knowledge is important. Support of the product is very, important as well. We need to know where to go, who to ask, who will actually help us out with the problems. Of course, bringing new innovations and being out front with what is happening in the advancing of the technology are also important. My advice, especially for big companies today, would be to go to the cloud on-premises when starting out, which allows you to incorporate all the latest versions from Oracle yet have the infrastructure managed by the Oracle Cloud support team. It gives you the ability to utilize the best of Oracle and to scale when you need to. For smaller companies, the main reason they are not going with Oracle today is the pricing/licensing. I hope that, in the future, Oracle will do something about that so we'll once again see small companies beginning with Oracle, something that we don’t see today. View full review »
Adnan Nasir
Senior Hyperion Systems Architect at Loudoun County Govt.
You should consider whether you're going to go physical or virtual, Windows or Linux, etc. You should do your due diligence and know what you want. We decided to put Essbase and Database on Linux. We put everything else on Windows, the reason being that our databases needed more resources and liability. Linux provides more security for databases, and it's a more robust setup for a Linux admin. So be sure to consider this before jumping into an implementation of the Oracle RDBMS solution. View full review »
Robert Houben
Technical Project Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Do a couple dry runs do thorough testing to ensure that everything will work as expected. View full review »
Principal Software Architect at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees
It's well worth the investment. It might scare you up front because, yes, there are other, less-expensive options out there for your database, but if you plan on building an enterprise application, it's what you have to do. Spend the money. I love it; it's the best. View full review »
Lead Database Developer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
I would recommend Oracle Database if you have enough money and you need a big, stable system in which performance is important. We are starting to think about other solutions because of money and because of the cloud. Oracle is on the cloud, but we have started thinking about another cloud, which could use PostgreSQL and Microsoft Server. That may be our solution in the future. The most important criteria when selecting a vendor are their ability to handle a huge volume of data, security, and then price. Price is not the first one, but it's an important one. And finally, the cloud could be important. I would rate Oracle Database at nine out of ten because of the stability and because they try to improve the product in every release. The next release is always better than the previous one. From release to release, we get more performance, which is really good. Even if you aren't a DBA, there a lot of features that you can put to use by yourself. View full review »
ERP Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
There's no other database that supports us like Oracle. My recommendation is, if you are starting a new system for example, I recommend a backend database because it's a universal support. Any applications you can use in the Oracle Database. For example, if you go for iSeries, it supports only db2. Oracle is not like that. It supports SAP, it supports JDE, it supports any. So, it's a universal database. View full review »
My advice is to check the application side, what applications they are going to attach to Oracle Database. Make sure the applications are fully compatible with the Oracle Database. View full review »
David Gubly
DBA Team Leader at Hadassah Hospital
Oracle has a very good database, but it is very expensive today, and there are a lot of competitors. Main criteria for selecting a vendor: * Name * Release of new versions * Stability. View full review »
DBA Lead at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Even though it is really expensive compared to other databases, like SQL and other non-SQL databases out there, Oracle has been like a monopoly. They are very high, premium. Still, consumers want to use it because it meets customers' needs. It's pretty simple to use. You pretty much find all the technical stuff online even if you are a newbie, for you to get up to speed. It just takes your willingness to learn and understand it. View full review »
Vice President, Global Technology at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most important criteria for us when selecting a vendor are the support model and their willingness to work with us. I would definitely encourage checking out this solution. Work with Oracle and you'll find out whether you can use it. They're pretty good at coming to your site and giving demos and all that kind of stuff. View full review »
Programmer Analyst Team Lead at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
I definitely encourage checking out this solution. Work with Oracle; they're pretty good at coming to your site, giving demos and so on. The top-most important criteria when I’m choosing a vendor such as Oracle is the support model and the willingness to work with us. View full review »
Territory Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The product sells itself. It's a good product. We had it since version 8. We're currently on Version 12C, release 1, and the product is not bad. It's a good product. It's the support that we have some questions about. View full review »
ERP Architect at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
I think they'd need a little bit of training, but once they know the ins and outs, it is more robust. As long they have the training, and understand the basic architecture, and then it is easy to use. View full review »
System Admin
When it comes to choosing to work with a vendor we look for the value proposition. Price to performance, the ratio, that is the biggest thing to look at. Oracle Database is value for money. Choose the vendor, horses for the courses. Choose the right vendor and just move forward. View full review »
Go through the concepts. Once when you get the concepts, then you can easily figure it out. Everything is available, but you have to know what you are doing with the database otherwise you can screw up very badly. View full review »
Database Admin
We were using Oracle Streams, that is deprecated right now. Before we changed it to Oracle GoldenGate we were just using Streams. I recommend this product. It's stable, advanced, I think it's the number-one database. View full review »
Program Manager (Software Asset Management) at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
I would recommend it View full review »
DBA at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
When choosing a vendor it's important to me that it is a good brand, that they have a good name in the market, and that the solution comes closest to meeting my needs. I would definitely recommend this solution. View full review »
Software Engineer at a media company with 10,001+ employees
I would recommend the product. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * The product should be good. * Features * Its stability. View full review »

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