Why Oracle Database Administrator DBA?
25-Mar-2011 - What is role of the Database Administrator DBA? And in particular the Oracle DBA? Let’s start with a look at information. Information is the foundation of the knowledge economy. The quality of information at your disposal affects the quality of our decision making.
Information has always been important. But technology has enhanced the impact of information.
The database is synonymous with this age. The database is an important resource in the information driven world.
Those who manage and arrange information in the database have a great say in the quality of business performance. Database management is a heavy demand, top gun requirement that continually attracts attention from all sectors. More individuals and organizations are turning to database management for improved competitiveness.
With the database it is possible to organize records with information technology in a manner that allows data to be efficiently stored, accessed, managed, and updated. As the consumption and exploitation of information to meet organizational objectives grows so does the need for people who understand and have the skills to deliver database solutions - database professionals.
Are you interested in solving the database riddle?
Interested in using database solutions to drive costs down and income up? Then you must consider bringing Oracle into the equation.
Although there are other popular database products, Oracle dominates the database landscape; in assessing database credentials, it makes sense to evaluate database certifications offered by Oracle. Other important players in the database turf are Microsoft - SQL Server and the MySQL the open source champion.
Though your choice of database should be based on research into what best meets your needs, interest in Oracle skills shouldn't be a surprise. Oracle is a 900 pound gorilla in the technology market. But it’s never just about certification. Certification is beyond certification. Oracle certifications aim to provide standards for the validation of important, technical Oracle skills.
Database certifications – Why Oracle?
A top database certification is the Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional (MCITP) DBA which has replaced the hugely popular “old soldier” - Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA) credential. Microsoft DBA certifications are developed to validate the knowledge and skills necessary for the design, implementation of Microsoft SQL databases.
If your interest is in Microsoft's database scene, you should consider new generation certifications promoted by Microsoft in the database category:
the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2005 as well as the IT Professional: Database Developer, IT Professional: Database Administrator and IT Professional: Business Intelligence Developer.
Open-source database provider MySQL offers the Associate, Developer, DBA and Cluster certifications to validate skills for managing and implementing MySQL databases. MySQL certification has been integrated into the Oracle Certification Program as part of Oracle’s acquisition of Sun Microsystems.
There are also database - DB2 - certification offerings from IBM in the market. However, Oracle is not just the market leader in database sales; Oracle promotes and sponsors the world’s most popular database certifications - Oracle Database Administrator Oracle Certified Professional (OCP), Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) and Oracle Certified Master (OCM).
Expectedly, Oracle Corporation plays the lead role in promoting Oracle certifications. However, the fact that the product is tangible and industry recognized is certainly a major boost. In terms of career development developing in-demand skills in a popular, widely used product is one way of enhancing your marketability.
Oracle certifications are some of the fastest growing in industry. Oracle is so far ahead of its competitors in the database market because of its well developed certification program. Oracle Corporation established the Oracle Certification program to provide opportunities for individuals to validate technical knowledge and skills in the area of Database Management Systems. It has become one of the most successful certification programs in the world. In 2008 there were over 440,000 Oracle Certified Professionals worldwide.
The Oracle database has been a dominant force in the database market for more than two decades. Oracle provides a product that is compatible, scalable, portable and capable of performing incredibly fast. Oracles leads the competition. But at what cost? Oracle is increasingly becoming more complex with every new release. Sound database administration is required. Top notch DBA skills are needed. If Oracle must be implemented successfully, the role of the database administrator (DBA) is critical.
Certification must be a valid test of an individual’s ability to demonstrate command over a body of knowledge and apply that knowledge productively. Oracle certification is not a magic wand. For example, there are interest, skill and experience requirements to consider. The popularity of oracle can only get you so far.
Oracle expertise is tangible and measureable – you either know how to tune that Oracle database or you don’t. There is no story telling. Nobody cares if you passed the exam if you can’t troubleshoot and resolve the issues hindering the performance of the Oracle database.
Don't worship Oracle; don't worship certification. Certification is a tool. Practical certification is what matters. Although supply of IT skills is unevenly spread, overall IT skills demand still outstrips supply. Your ability to improve productivity enhances your credibility - this can only to open doors for you. Your value not your qualification is your power.
Through the right combination of factors Oracle database certifications can be a vehicle for accelerated professional development.
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