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Oracle in a laissez faire economy: The cream rises to the top

Oracle internals Tips by Donald Burleson

As part of my job as a strategic Oracle consultant, I assist large companies in hiring their Database Administration Managers, one of the most mission-critical job roles in any corporation.  Data is the life-blood of any company, and a failure to have access to vital information will make-or-break their bottom line.  In my notes on how to become an Oracle guru, I note that dedication shows, and zeal and drive will reflect in the quality of the job applicant.


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Because the DBA role is unique and highly technical, not just anyone can make a snap decision to become an Oracle professional.  Employers will hire Oracle professionals who have demonstrated a commitment to pursuing a career as a database professional, and the resume is the best way of all to weed-out dilettantes and those who want an Oracle career solely because of the high pay.

Finding the dedicated Oracle professionals

I?ve been a full-time DBA for more than 25 years, and I?ve seen a natural laissez faire evolution of Oracle database talent.  Prior to the Internet, database magazines carefully vetted their Oracle authors and only those with a proven track record were chosen to publish on Oracle technology.  If you examine the roster of the top Oracle authors in the late 1990's, we see that the cream rises to the top, and only the worthy Oracle professionals were published.

As an employer, it's easy to examine the work history of any Oracle job applicant and get an instant gauge of their dedication to database administration as a profession.

In today's era of massive server consolidation, the Oracle DBA job role is changing dramatically, and successful Oracle professionals must have a solid grounding in ancillary technologies such as database design, infrastructure and security.


The threat of the Internet

While the Internet has clogged the search engines with garbage from all over the world, it's nice to see that quality still counts, and that the American Dream is alive and well within the Oracle community. The trend toward Oracle offshoring has proven to be too risky, and those ?bargain? remote Oracle providers are sometimes just ?fronts? for a data theft ring. 

It has become an absolute requirement to use foreign DBA's wisely, and ensure that your all of your Oracle support is within the USA, where you can have the protection of our strict data theft laws and no risk from the nightmare of foreign jurisdictions.

The web is full of suspicious DBA's, many of whom work in countries with unenforceable data theft laws.  There are some tip-offs for spotting marginal Oracle professionals:

  • They do not publish their real-world contact information.
  • They avoid mention of their academic background and qualifications.
  • They obfuscate their job histories and resume.

Being noticed in a crowded market

Burleson Consulting is one of the highest paying Oracle consultancies in the world, and we have very rigorous hiring policies because our clients demand Oracle consultants with impeccable credentials.  Fortunately, the next generation of Oracle gurus are not hard to find.  They have the stellar educations, publish insightful blogs, snag opportunities to publish, and share their research.  They strive for prestigious degrees, awards, publishing opportunities, certifications and challenging job opportunities.  They are easy to spot because they are characterized by a "can do" attitude, zeal and enthusiasm, and they all have polished communication skills.

In the mid-1990's, I was giving an Oracle keynote presentation at a conference when I noticed a High School kid in the front row taking feverish notes, and hanging on my every word.

After my presentation, this fellow leapt up and commanded my attention with question-after-question on how to become an Oracle DBA and how to distinguish himself as an Oracle Guru.  He told me that he was in High School and that he decided that he was going to be the next Don Burleson!  He said that he had driven for two-days to hear me speak and wanted my advice on how to distinguish himself as an Oracle professional.  I was impressed, and I told him that there was no secret to success in Oracle, and that hard work, above all else would distinguish his Oracle career.

This was not the last time I would see this young fellow.  Since that fateful day, he got a job as a senior instructor at Oracle University, became the world's youngest Oracle ACE and Oracle Certified Master, and wrote several books on Oracle technology.

Today, I'm proud to have Steve Karam on my staff, and Steve has rightfully earned his place among the highest paid Oracle professionals in the world.  Steve's Oracle blog 'the Oracle Alchemist? has a huge following, but Karam's success is not solely a function of his job experience; it's more about his professional zeal, his drive to always be the best, natural traits that distinguishes him among other Oracle professionals.  It's quite true; the cream does rise to the top. 

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