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From: Ron Rogers <>
Date: Tue, 05 Dec 2000 08:22:05 -0500
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I agree. A DBA with experience is a valuable asset. A DBA with OCP is even = a greater valuable asset. They have taken the time to learn and study = along with working and gaining experience. I don't even pretend to have = some of the knowledge and experience that some of the members of this list = have because I have not had the opportunity to be exposed to the different = combination of equipment and software that is deployed in the industry. = Each day there is a "new" supplier on the market that has a "bigger and = better" way to use the Oracle database. Having a solid basic understanding =  and foundation along with a willingness and ability to learn, you can = succeed at any opportunity that you are given. It is the willingness to = share knowledge and experience that this list has that will help us all = succeed in our own job positions current and future.

2 bits worth.

Check out the Nov/Dec issue of the Oracle magazine at . Interesting note about OCP-made easy and a Governor of Pakistan = offering free OCP testing to it's 1000 students.=20


>>> 12/04/00 05:50PM >>>
Hi friends!
 There is a lots of talk about Paper DBAs on this message board. With due respect to all the veteran DBAs without OCP and new DBAs with OCP, I would like to make few comments from my own personal experience (spanning 9 = years+
in USA, Europe and India)

 I have come across lots of long time DBAs with no OCP, who frown on OCP DBAs. Working closely with them, I noticed that these longs really count = the
hours to bill the clients. To my dismay, I came across 10+ years Oracle = DBAs
who had no clue about OPS, Partitioning, Snapshots, Stand by etc... They have gained experience over the years only because the client could not = find
a better alternative.

 At the same time, in the interviews and at work, I come across lots of = new
OCP DBAs who can do the job, but need lots support and help from the other DBAs. (It is sort of baby sitting).

 I was a DBA without OCP for long time and I had no problem in finding = jobs
without OCP. After I started preparing for OCP, I came to know of so many things that I did not know before. In my humble opinion, any OCP DBA with experience is lot better than a OCP DBA without experience or an experience= d
DBA without OCP.

 OCP helped me as a DBA to understand things that I did not know before. = It
took lots of time, confidence and enthusiasm to be a OCP DBA and change my self in the process.

 Without OCP, I would have been a Pumpkin DBA, doing clueless things in a random and unilateral way. Let's face it... OCP or No OCP is a matter of choice. But it helps to be OCP than be left-out and looking at SOUR GRAPES!!! Rama
OCP DBA with experience!

Please see the official ORACLE-L FAQ: --=20
Author: Rama Malladi

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