• June 06, 2003 06 Jun'03

    Oracle makes takeover bid for PeopleSoft

    Oracle has announced its intention to make a takeover bid for PeopleSoft and has offered $16 per share.

  • May 16, 2003 16 May'03

    Is it time to say goodbye to SQL?

    Although it may seem a no-brainer today, SQL took some time to get established with by no means all vendors subscribing to the notion of a common database query language as a useful thing. (May 16, 2003)

  • April 17, 2003 17 Apr'03

    Oracle replication

    Database replication can be surprisingly complex. Whether setting up duplicate Oracle databases or synching with SQL Server, Oracle experts Karen Morton and Brian Peasland admit that many decisions factor into setting up a replication job. This Ask ...

  • April 17, 2003 17 Apr'03

    Microsoft, Oracle tout OLAP successes

    Oracle and Microsoft this week both announced victories in the world of online analytical processing (OLAP), one boasting the results of benchmark tests and the other heralding the results of an annual market share report.

  • April 16, 2003 16 Apr'03

    Upgrading Oracle: Advantages, challenges and implementation requirements

    Oracle 10i is just around the corner, but recent surveys show that most of you are still using versions 8 or 8i. If you are considering upgrading from your current version, whatever it is, this Ask the Experts compilation can help. In it, Oracle ...

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  • April 09, 2003 09 Apr'03

    How to get an Oracle DBA job

    Despite the steepest downturn in the history of IT, there are jobs to be had by Oracle certified professionals and DBAs. To get them, insiders say, IT pros need to remember some of the rules they learned long ago and apply some new strategies as ...

  • April 01, 2003 01 Apr'03

    Oracle on Windows

    Running Oracle on Windows is a common enterprise setup, and predictably, database administrators run into common problems with it. To clear up the confusion,'s resident experts offer their advice for overcoming some frequent ...

  • March 26, 2003 26 Mar'03

    Oracle backup and recovery: Hot and cold, schema-based and incremental backups

    Designing and maintaining a solid backup and recovery process is the most important task a DBA can do.'s resident Oracle experts have answered many user-submitted questions over the last year about the best ways to backup and ...

  • March 11, 2003 11 Mar'03

    IDC: Oracle's lead narrowing in database market

    The gap between front-runner Oracle and competitor IBM in the database market is closing, and Microsoft last year gained more market share than either, according to a new report by Framingham, Mass.-based International Data Corp. Oracle's revenue in...

  • January 22, 2003 22 Jan'03

    Oracle's Ellison: Siebel, SAP behind the times

    Oracle CEO Larry Ellison doesn't think his competitors are stupid. It's their software that makes no sense to him.

  • January 16, 2003 16 Jan'03

    DBA blooper #10: Remedial math

    When IT pros troubleshoot they often have to think "outside the box" to find and solve a problem. Sometimes, however, they get too creative in their thinking, overlooking the simple solution in favor of a grand scheme.

  • December 12, 2002 12 Dec'02

    True DBA Blooper #9: Backup plan backfires

    Every DBA knows the importance of a good backup and recovery plan, but coming up with one that works isn't always so straightforward. For weeks, Craig MacPherson, a database team leader for a Canadian energy company, pored over the minute details of...

  • September 20, 2002 20 Sep'02

    True DBA blooper #3: Wildcard runs wild

    While implementing a new file path naming standard at his company, Oracle DBA Ron Horjus figured he could take advantage of the wildcard. The plan backfired, and resulted in his employer instituting a new rule about DBA permissions. Horjus shared ...

  • September 11, 2002 11 Sep'02

    True DBA blooper #2: Small slips, big data wipeout

    Inadvertently deleting important data is surprisingly easy to do. A simple typo and a misplaced double click was all it took for these two DBAs to wipe out entire directories of critical files. They recount their horror in this installment of ...

  • September 04, 2002 04 Sep'02

    Review: Oracle Designer

    An analysis of Oracle Designer from a business modeling perspective. (April 10, 2001)

  • August 12, 2002 12 Aug'02

    Oracle DBA certification, part I: Introduction

    The Oracle Certification Program continues to be the most popular certification among all database vendors. Here's an introduction to the 9i DBA track.

  • July 25, 2002 25 Jul'02

    Don Burleson answers your Oracle availability questions

    Don Burleson answers your Oracle availability questions from a recent webcast on SearchDatabase.

  • July 10, 2002 10 Jul'02

    Oracle U. defends OCP title

    Defending their new DBA certification requirement against critics who say it's costly and unnecessary, Oracle described the move as part of a new strategy to ensure that only top-shelf candidates receive the company's stamp of approval.

  • June 18, 2002 18 Jun'02

    DBAs prep to skip Oracle school

    Oracle this week added a "hands-on" course to its 9i Oracle Certified Professional requirements. The company presented the move as one that will lend credibility to the OCP certification, but some industry experts think the move may backfire.

  • May 02, 2002 02 May'02

    Top 20 mistakes an Oracle DBA can make, Part II

    Got an IT death wish? Attendees at IOUG Live! now know what it takes to be a lousy database administrator thanks to a presentation that pointed out twenty top mistakes DBAs make.

  • April 17, 2002 17 Apr'02

    Top 20 mistakes an Oracle DBA can make, Part 1

    Attendees at International Oracle Users Group (IOUG) Live! now know what it takes to be a lousy database administrator thanks to a presentation that pointed out the top 20 mistakes DBAs make.

  • December 06, 2001 06 Dec'01

    OpenWorld: Oracle 9i JDeveloper ready for download

    Tool time! If you're ready to build some standards-based apps with an open and extensible tool, get your downloadin' shoes on. The 9i JDeveloper is ready to roll.

  • November 16, 2001 16 Nov'01

    Is Oracle U. for you?

    Oracle U. may not be going to a bowl this year, but a "degree" from there could help you score a beefier paycheck.

  • September 24, 2001 24 Sep'01

    OracleMobile's queen of wireless

    OracleMobile CEO Denise Lahey has been on the wireless frontlines for what is an Internet eternity: five years. Previously vice president of Oracle's Mobile Product division -- as well as its first employee -- Lahey essentially built the division ...

  • August 02, 2001 02 Aug'01

    Oracle to voice-enable its application software

    Oracle says it plans to voice-enable its applications software across its platforms, including Oracle 9i, Oracle E-Business Suite, OracleMobile Online Studio and Oracle JDeveloper.

  • June 14, 2001 14 Jun'01

    Oracle plans 9i certification exams

    Oracle is in the process of releasing a new certification track for database administrators for its new Oracle 9i database.

  • April 18, 2001 18 Apr'01

    Oracle ups the 9i volume

    Oracle 9i, the next version of Oracle's flagship database, will ship later this quarter -- probably in May -- launching with a big splash at the company's headquarters in Redwood Shores, Calif.