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Re: Competition for OraPerf

From: DA Morgan <>
Date: Mon, 06 Nov 2006 15:07:45 -0800
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Richard Foote wrote:
> "Mladen Gogala" <> wrote in message

>> On Mon, 06 Nov 2006 07:25:17 +0000, Richard Foote wrote:
>>> But it's quite another thing to simply throw hardware at a problem, it
>>> invariable doesn't work unless the root issue is addressed.
>> Unless you throw enough hardware. There a famous 80:20 rule: 80% of the
>> possible improvement is resolved by investing 20% effort. I've seen
>> hardware thrown at the problem, with good results. It wasn't SSD, it was
>> EMC cache, pumped up to an incredible proportion, but the intention was
>> the same and the result was, generally speaking, satisfactory. In other
>> words, it's a myth that throwing hardware at the problem doesn't work. It
>> does work, provided you throw enough of it.
>> On the other hand, with SQL generators, Java ORM (object-relational
>> mappers), cheap outsourced developers and unrealistic project deadlines
>> you cannot get any quality most of the time. Companies will move 250
>> developers to Elbonia, save 80% of the IT payroll, which amounts to
>> several millions per year, and then buy a decent piece of hardware to run
>> the systems. It usually works and it rids them of unbearable and
>> expensive geeks like me. Companies work just fine, Dow-Jones reached
>> record heights. It's us, the consultants, who should be worried.

> Hi Mladen
> I hate 80-20 rules, 80 out of 100 are invalid on 80 out of 100 of occasions
> ;)
> I'm a consultant and I'm not the slightest bit worried. That's because I
> don't rely on reports that recommend throwing hardware at problems that
> don't exist and solve problems that really do exist by determining what's
> actually wrong ...
> Weird eh ;)
> Cheers
> Richard

Obviously Richard you just don't understand the American concept of "shop 'till you drop" rampant materialism. Why learn something and tune when you can spend someone else's money?

Daniel A. Morgan
University of Washington
(replace x with u to respond)
Puget Sound Oracle Users Group
Received on Mon Nov 06 2006 - 17:07:45 CST

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