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Old August 4th, 2005, 04:09 AM
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Default Takingover of Administration of Oracle

I have recently joined a pharmaceutical company as a Manager-MIS

The corporate objective is to outsource the ERP development (which is currently being done in-house costing plenty of time and resources and bringing about no significant productivity but significant problems.. for sure)

The inhouse ERP is being developed on Oracle/Develper 6i

My first job is to carefully take the control of database administration which is currently in hands of developers (who are definitely are aware of what's being done -- outsourcing!!!!)

Can you pls provide me the necessary guideline (Dos & Donts)
or a checklist which I can use to ensure transparent transfer of admin controls & development activities from "them" to myself.

As my first step I am planning to freeze the current database status and use visual basic for applications (Excel) to do day-to-day users reporting requirements "on ad hoc basis", in the meantime I will deal with external ERP solution suppliers .



 
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DBA Responsibilities:
The job of the DBA seems to be everything that everyone else either doesn't want to do, or doesn't have the ability to do. DBAs get the enviable task of figuring out all of the things no one else can figure out. More seriously though, here is a list of typical DBA responsibilities:
Installation, configuration and upgrading of Oracle server software and related products
Evaluate Oracle features and Oracle related products
Establish and maintain sound backup and recovery policies and procedures
Take care of the Database design and implementation
Implement and maintain database security (create and maintain users and roles, assign privileges)
Perform database tuning and performance monitoring
Perform application tuning and performance monitoring
Setup and maintain documentation and standards
Plan growth and changes (capacity planning)
Work as part of a team and provide 7x24 support when required
Perform general technical trouble shooting and give consultation to development teams
Interface with Oracle Corporation for technical support.

Required Skills:
Good understanding of the Oracle database, related utilities and tools
A good understanding of the underlying operating system
A good knowledge of the physical database design
Ability to perform both Oracle and operating system performance tuning and monitoring
Knowledge of ALL Oracle backup and recovery scenarios
A good knowledge of Oracle security management
A good knowledge of how Oracle acquires and manages resources
A good knowledge Oracle data integrity
Sound knowledge of the implemented application systems
Experience in code migration, database change management and data management through the various stages of the development life cycle
A sound knowledge of both database and system performance tuning
A DBA should have sound communication skills with management, development teams, vendors and systems administrators
Provide a strategic database direction for the organisation
A DBA should have the ability to handle multiple projects and deadlines
A DBA should possess a sound understanding of the business

Now evaluate yourself and if you perform above mentioned tasks you'll be a jubilant Database Administrator.

Hafeez Ahmed
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