Well it’s that time of year again! Companies’ budgets are set which means they’ll be looking to spend money, which means software purchases and upgrades, which means there will be a flurry of questions on the DBA forums on how to do things (and it’s already started).
I don’t know if this is going to turn into something of a vent for me but if anyone else feels the same or can give some insight that would lessen my frustrations please speak up.
Let me start off by saying that being a DBA in my eyes means that you have a great responsibility, one that should not be taken lightly. The company you work for depends on you for basically two things, ensure that their data is accessible and kept safe. If those two things are not met, the company is loosing money and potentially could bankrupt them if it’s not. Agreed? Yes, we are also responsible for daily flogging of developers but I look at that as a fringe benefit not a duty.
Hanging out on the DBA forums keeps me in tune with what’s going on in the Oracle world and also keeps me on my toes. However, *drum roll* when people start asking questions that you know that they didn’t do any type of research and simply posted the question really boils my potatoes. I mean the kind of question if you were to plug it into Google it would give you the answer right off the bat. When I see these things, I ask myself “why on earth would a company entrust their database to this individual?” and “what gives them the right to be called a DBA because a true DBA would of done research”. I honestly don’t know how Tom copes with it because I know he gets pelted with these things (Tom if you’re reading this please for the love of God tell me how you avoid these questions getting to you). I guess I feel like we as DBA’s are a whole and when one of us displays a lack of motivation makes us all look bad. Ok, I’m done.
Last week an anonymous reader posted a question about Oracle Spatial and ArcSDE in one of my previous blogs. He asked if he has Oracle Spatial why would he need ArcSDE? The short answer….which would you rather do, load a large size raster image via the SDO_GEOR.importFrom package or use ArcCatalog? If you have your dbtune.sde file setup right it’s too easy :)
Here’s some light reading GeoRaster and Oracle Spatial.