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Finding experienced Oracle experts

Oracle Database Tips by Donald Burleson


Question:  I need a read-deal Oracle performance tuning expert, someone that I can trust, and I need to choose a respected expert as CYA for my top management.  I see lots of people claiming to be Oracle experts, some of whom I know to be inexperienced.  How do I tell a real Oracle expert?


Answer:  Many recognized Oracle experts believe that "real" Oracle expertise comes only from years of paid full-time job experience, and you should look for experts who have been hired by major corporations for mission critical Oracle jobs that require proven Oracle experts. 


Sadly, there are lots of posers, fake Oracle expert wannabees who puff their work experience and credentials.  Some resort to outright deception, like the infamous Oracle expert Ed Haskins who created a fake Oracle expert.  Several years ago, Ed Haskins used this stock photo to create "Robert Allen", a fictional Oracle expert that he used to entice unsuspecting customers:


Robert Allen
Oracle Security Expert

My name is Robert Allen, and I?m the Founder of OraSecure, Inc.  With over 9 years of trial and error from painstaking research, I?m now acknowledged as a promising top expert in the field of Oracle database security.

For the past 7 years, I've consulted dozens of Fortune 1000 companies on all areas of Oracle Database Administration.  The areas I've focused my most attention to are Oracle Security Features and Security Audits. 

I've personally audited over 400 Oracle instances over the years, as well as taught and mentored more than 80 DBAs to do the same.


Read here from eWeek how I helped to uncover this scamming Oracle expert and also see my notes here on evaluating the credibility of Oracle experts on the web.


When evaluating a self-appointed Oracle expert, I look for this:

  • Open-minded - Some Oracle experts advocate a singular Oracle tuning approach, (often their own method) and ignore all alternatives, often to your detriment.  A real Oracle tuning expert will use a variety of methods and techniques.

  • Published resumes - Never use an Oracle expert who does not publish their resume and credentials online.  There are many pretenders, inexperienced tuning experts with no real-world experience and even more "fake" Oracle experts who publish puffed resumes, exaggerating their true tuning expertise.

  • Verifiable references - A real Oracle tuning expert will publish verifiable customer feedback. 

Here at BC, I personally vet my Oracle tuning experts to hire only proven Oracle tuning experts, certified Oracle professionals with extensive real-world Oracle tuning experience.  BC Oracle tuning experts have real, verifiable experience and references from satisfied customers.


Just review our qualifications and see what distinguishes a real Oracle expert:



BC is the home of real Oracle experts.  I personally guarantee it.



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Note: This Oracle documentation was created as a support and Oracle training reference for use by our DBA performance tuning consulting professionals.  Feel free to ask questions on our Oracle forum.

Verify experience! Anyone considering using the services of an Oracle support expert should independently investigate their credentials and experience, and not rely on advertisements and self-proclaimed expertise. All legitimate Oracle experts publish their Oracle qualifications.

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