Oracle DBA’s New Year Resolution

Tom Kyte’s DBA Resolutions for 2009

Tom Kyte, Oracle DBA and founder of the Ask Tom blog, gave the Oracle
Database Insider his resolutions for 2009 in hopes that other DBAs will
follow suit. “In the coming year,” says Kyte, “I resolve to…

  • Practice a restore at least once a month under
    different scenarios. DBAs are allowed to make mistakes—with one
    exception: They cannot make mistakes in recovery. We can fix any other
    mistake easily, but not recovery mistakes.
  • Learn something new. When was the last time you read
    the “what’s new in” chapters in the documentation? Take a couple of
    minutes to see what’s new.
  • Participate in user group discussion forums. If I just
    do the same thing day in, day out, never experiencing what others are
    doing, I’ll stagnate. The easiest way to stay current, to network, and
    to learn something new is to participate.
  • Become a mentor for someone more junior. I’ll get two
    things out of this: First, I will learn a ton of new stuff because they
    will ask me things I don’t fully know. Second, I’ll have put in place
    the next generation of DBAs so that I can move up or move over in the
    future. Training your replacement is one sure way to be able to progress
  • Be more thoughtful, don’t jump to conclusions, take my
    time. As the old saying goes, haste makes waste. And that is never more
    true than when doing something that will take hours or longer to
    accomplish, as many DBA tasks may take. I will study the options and
    pick the one that is best suited for the problem at hand—realizing that
    the approach I take in 2009 might be very different from the one I took
    in 2008, 2000, 1995, or any other time.


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