I wrote in the past about my frustration with Oracle support. I also hear from customers and colleagues about their frustration with Oracle support, from different reasons. People like to complain when something doesn’t work well, however, I’m writing this post to tell about excellent experience I had with the support lately.
When I open Oracle documentation to look for something, people usually raise their eyebrows (almost as they do when I open sqlplus). Most of them simply say: “What do you need the documentation for? Just open google and search”. Even though googling stuff usually works, I actually like the documentation (in some aspects at least).
A few weeks ago Tim Hall (the oracle-base guy) came up with the idea to have an appreciation day for OTN. As I’m in western Canada, I’m probably in one of the latest timezones, so before I published this post I managed to see other people’s posts (and there are a lot). It’s great to see such an initiative being so successful.
I’ve been an Oracle ACE for about 7 years now, and have never written about it. Other Oracle ACEs have written about this over the years (like this post by Tim Hall), so I didn’t feel the need to write my own post.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about the Oracle ACEs from a different perspective, and this is what this post is about.
It’s been a year (and a week) since I moved from the small Israel to the huge Canada. I knew it wouldn’t be easy both personally and professionally, but until you actually do this you don’t know how strange it is.
I’d like to share with you some of the professional difficulties I’ve experienced in the last year. These difficulties are related to many areas, founding DBAces Canada, being an Oracle ACE and more.
As DBAs we are usually located in the middle between the IT (sysadmins, storage, network) and the development. Some of my best friends are sysadmins and developers (well, friends anyway), but I still want to dedicate this post to let off some steam about them.
As you probably know by now, I’m a consultant. By consultant I don’t mean a person who sits in meetings and talks all day (even though I like to talk), I mean a professional services guy who can do DBA tasks and can design and execute projects. Continue reading