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RE: Pondering Question of the Day-RESPECT

From: Gabriel Galanternik <>
Date: Fri, 02 Feb 2001 10:18:15 -0800
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Pondering Question of the Day-RESPECTcome on! give me an user who prefer we, developers and dbas working in a decent way, instead of get its job done "rigth now in this moment" and I'll shave my head and paint it blue.

developers get crazy trying to solve a problem with users on the other side of the phone yelling!
and that's first reason of messing everything up.
(ok, don't generalize)

users' bosses want the same.

why can't we talk about the complete organization? and why everybody thinks developers and dbas as
separate things?
If you can't separate responsabilities and duties, well, it's an organization problem

try to take an equilibrium and you'll be happy

Gabriel Galanternik

Rather than talking to the CTO about this go to the Dir, VP, or whatever of the USERS of the system. In-fact he/she is the actual OWNER of the data in the system. Explain to him/her how dangerous and devious the developers are to the data. Talk about corruption, system downtime, partial and incomplete restores. Use some technical DBA language to make them understand you have the knowledge, but make sure you keep the message at a manager level of understanding. Get them good and scared. Then when the developers are asking for the free ride in production you have an advocate in high postion that can put the CTO in a position of getting a backbone. When the COO starts asking why his people can't work, or why the P/L statement is messed up the CTO will start scrambling for a lockdown on production and more comprehensive testing of new or enhanced code. Remember the politics. We in the IT field are not the production organization we are the service organization. When it comes to power struggles at the Cxx levels the production/operations guys always beat the IT/IS guys. It's a mater of $$$ and performance in front of the CEO.

HTH Rodd Holman
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Sent: Friday, February 02, 2001 9:20 AM
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"Hello Oracle Guru"
Now why is it that I get more respect on the Internet than I do in my workplace. ??
How many of you have this problem? It's like an ongoing fight with developers, they want carte blanche in the production database, and they do whatever they want EVEN THOUGH I tell them NO, let's do something different that won't affect production. I go to the CTO because this is like the 3rd time this has happened, and he sends out a let's-be-sure-not-to-offend-anyone email. But the developer(s) will go ahead and do what they want ANYWAY. I'm waiting for the first user-mistake recovery to say STOP, I've had ENOUGH and this is how it's going to be, no ifs, ands or buts.
My last job may have been a sweatshop, but at least people respected my authority. Here, it's a free for all no matter what I do. Even when I say, Dude, I own the database. If there's a problem, I have to fix it. Therefore I say what happens in production and what doesn' t happen in production.
And yes, I am looking for another position. I can only take this dba/developer/janitor role for so long.
I'M SO GLAD IT'S FRIDAY... Bring on the Captain Morgan! It's noon somewhere...
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