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RE: My career path and Oracle?

From: Loughmiller, Greg <>
Date: Thu, 08 May 2003 05:16:42 -0800
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One of the things that I try to encourage my team here is to allocate a certain amount of time each week to "sharpen the ax". Diversify some, pick up a topic that you know nothing about; learn that topic and show relevance and value to the company. Then you have proven two things to senior management-the ability to obtain new knowledge with self initiative and then the capability of applying that knowledge in a space where one can add value and relevance.
In "our" Architecture space(probably not so typical as it should be); we need to have a broad range of skills and knowledge. Some where we dive deep down and understand completely; and others where we need to know about the technology. Manage your career by "sharpening the ax". But I do miss the intricate details of working on databases, middle of the night chaos, and thriving on the pressure to get a problem resolved....    

just my $.01 worth........  


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Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2003 10:52 AM
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First of all, Oracle will be a strong player in the DB market for a while.  

Second thing, it depens on what kind of person you are and what you exactly do.
The more skills you have the better is your job security. Do you get involved in other technical skills (DW, Data Modeling, Architecture, analysis, web stuff...)
Do you get involved on the user side ? Do you learn about the business part (Assurance, banking, ....)
Are you versatile : can you speak in front of 30 persons, can you play the fireman and go to a client that is completely panic ?, ...  

Your career is too important to let your company manage it ! (I've read that somewhere...)  

If you have many skills then job security is less a problem.    

Stephane Paquette<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Administrateur de bases de donnees

Database Administrator

Standard Life

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Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2003 9:22 AM
To: Multiple recipients of list ORACLE-L

Hello Gurus,

I've been wondering about something, at best this can be dangerous :-) Is anyone else been doing some serious career path evaluation?

I have been wondering seriously about the future of Oracle, I don't know if it is just my imagination but Oracle's market share seems to be dwindling rapidly, both on the small to medium enterprise but also in the high end enterprise scope. I think someone on this group mentioned the other day that Oracle's revenues and market share base was begin held up by existing customers, and was not experiencing any noteworthy growth in new customers.

Lets face it Oracle is pricing itself out of the market, DBs like MSSQL, MySQL and Postgresql are beginning to out price it BIG time. Many of these DBs are beginning to add features to their feature lists that equal Oracles.

Am I the only one who is wondering if re-skilling now while I can and still have a job, should be a serious consideration for this years career planning?

Please share your views. I would love to hear how some of you feel on this subject.

Denham Eva
Oracle DBA

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