Welcome to Generally … It Depends

Fellow Oracle DBAs, Exadata Database Machine Administrators, and all-around Oracle enthusiasts: Welcome to my blog!

If you’ve seen me present on topics at Oracle OpenWorld, IOUG COLLABORATE11, or heard one of my webinars on Exadata, then you already know that one of my favorite catchphrases when I’m asked an interesting question is “Well … generally, it depends.” I’ve found this to be a great way to pause and reflect before plunging in and thereby taking a chance at answering a question incorrectly, stating an erroneous position, or some other general foul-up.

But there’s more to this approach than just patient reflection. If I’ve learned anything over the past 30 years or so in Information Technology, it’s that there is always more than one way to approach a problem, and that many of those approaches are dead wrong. So in this and future blogs I’ll strive to enlighten, entertain, and engage my fellow colleagues with interesting Oracle Database and Exadata tidbits, findings, and (yes!) mistakes as well as recovery from those mistakes.

To quote the famous American film and stage actress Bette Davis: “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.” And I hope you all will join me in the weeks and months ahead as I explore the latest Oracle database release -12c – due out any day now, and delve into mysteries like Exadata’s IO Resource Management (IORM) features in upcoming webinars, presentations, and articles.

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