Oracle Database Room for Improvement

Maurice Aelion
Senior DBA at MA Consulting
Oracle is going now to what we call autonomous databases. Personally, I don’t believe in autonomous databases that will manage themselves. It might be that in the cloud versions they actually have the ability of doing that for you, managing the infrastructure, fixing all the patches that you need, and so on. Still, the tuning business has a long way to go to be completely autonomous. There is still a need for a person to manage the database, especially the performance and tuning. It might be those future databases - not in the near future but in the distant future - will be autonomous completely. Oracle could be one of the first to incorporate that. View full review »
Osama Mustafa
Cloud Expert | DevOps | Oracle Consultant at confidential
The additional features that should be included in the database: I would like to see improvements for database security products. View full review »
Adnan Nasir
Senior Hyperion Systems Architect at Loudoun County Govt.
It needs a better, less technical interface. I'm not an expert on our RDBMS as we have our own database administrator, so especially on a Linux environment Oracle needs to make progress on the user-friendliness of the UI. In my opinion, I've found Microsoft SQL Server to be more user-friendly than Oracle Database. Even though the latter is more complex, more robust, and has more capacity, from a user perspective, especially those who are naive or functional, it needs to be more user-friendly. I've asked my DBA to do something for me so I can try to learn from him, but if it were more user-friendly with a more graphical implementation that tells you all the variation criteria and failure messages, that would be much better. View full review »
Robert Houben
Technical Project Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
In the case noted above, the converted legacy data was stored as XML. The 11gR2 version we converted to stored it as a Character Large OBject (CLOB). The next version of Oracle has a native XML data type, which provides better support for indexing the XML data. View full review »
Principal Software Architect at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees
The biggest area for improvement for me is the error messaging. When it returns errors, it gives you a number; here's why I can't insert a character into a number field. One of the most annoying things for me is that it says, for example, "Value too large to insert column" but it doesn't tell you, "Okay you know what you're trying to do. Tell me what you're trying to do so that I can go fix it a lot easier". So, more information in the error messaging would be nice. View full review »
Lead Database Developer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Its performance could always be better and better but, other than that, I can't think of any additional features I would like to see. View full review »
ERP Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Right now, we are very happy. I mean, I don't know what R&D are doing. We are not any looking specifically for anything else. As right now what is available is great. So far we didn't find any demerits, I mean false reproductions in the database. So, it's running very well for us. View full review »
Stability features should be there. And the performance, we are not expecting better performance as of now. They must include bug fixes and release a better version of their 12c Database. View full review »
David Gubly
DBA Team Leader at Hadassah Hospital
There are a lot of bugs in the Oracle Database, and it would be better if the bugs would be solved more quickly than they are today. The bugs could be anything. They could be related to any problem. For example, we had a problem with the physical standby, and the bugs had already been there for a few years in the databases, but not solved in the newer versions. View full review »
DBA Lead at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The only major thing that we see right now is the downtime. Whenever there is an upgrade, whenever there is planned, scheduled maintenance, the downtime could be a huge impact for the business itself. That is where other companies are trying to compete, in terms of providing solutions, to avoid the downtime or minimize it. View full review »
Vice President, Global Technology at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Right now, the version that have is just one version lower than what's available. I'm looking forward to upgrading to that version, especially the container-based database. That's what I'm looking forward to. There is always room to improve. New stuff coming in. View full review »
Programmer Analyst Team Lead at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Right now, we are on the version that is just one lower than what's available. I'm looking forward to upgrading to that version, especially the container-based database. That's what I'm looking forward to. View full review »
Territory Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
I would like to see advanced compression and multi-tenant. We need to have multiple versions of our database. We don't know much about multi-tenant, but what they are announcing about it, seems interesting and would solve our problems. We need more of a focus on compression. View full review »
Operations Engineering Manager at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
Support and Patching. I found MS SQL Server support more helpful in many cases where in they internally rope in technology experts from different layers rather than pushing back on the clients, something Oracle can incorporate for sure. View full review »
Team Leader at a tech consulting company with 501-1,000 employees
Upgrade is the most critical phase for the lifecycle of a database. In order to be sure that the migration succeeds, you need to be up-to-date. Therefore, regularly install the patchset and security updates. View full review »
System Admin
It is good as it is. I've seen the product evolve over a period of time so it is great as it stands right now. There's always hope for improvement because it's getting bulkier and bulkier. I wish that it would get a little smaller, smaller inside the footprint. The only other thing I can think of is, perhaps, a voice control command. View full review »
From my point of view as a DBA, the administration tools, especially the database administration tools and the developer tools. They are still behind compared to Toad or anything else. View full review »
Database Admin
I can't think of anything to improve the database features. View full review »
Program Manager (Software Asset Management) at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
It is already a market leader. The latest comparison to products like SAP HANA, and in-memory computing, and container computing, container-based database structures; these are the areas where I think there is good competition. View full review »
System Architect
I would like to see Oracle support fix issues faster after we log a complaint. View full review »
Software Engineer at a media company with 10,001+ employees
* Integration with big data would be helpful since we are planning to load a lot of big data. * A lot of features have bugs or choose the wrong way to process data. Sometimes, we struggle with that. View full review »
Vice President of Global IT at a logistics company with 5,001-10,000 employees
I would like to see lower costs. It has expensive annual maintenance. View full review »
Anil Jagtap
Asst. Manager in production at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
The compression does not give much value-add or provide performance benefits as was highlighted. View full review »
Head Database Administration at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Auditing could be improved, especially granular auditing. The unified audit trail in 12c is great, however its extraction in a highly busy environment is quite a challenge. View full review »
Samis Urabhra
Associate Consultant Oracle DBA at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
This product would be improved with Support Services for more production access. View full review »

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