tiistai 31. toukokuuta 2011

UKOUG2011 here I come....

Just submitted my paper for the UKOUG2011. Let's see what happens...
For years I was solving performance problems and then I realized I should be telling people to avoid those problems by planning and designing. Now for about 10 years I have been talking about that. And that's what I will talk about at the UKOUG2011 if they just let me...
Ok, every now and then I still do solve performance problems but I still think it's worth thinking before doing anything.

Oracle Data Modeler

On Monday I had a great meeting. I am in a project evaluating Oracle Data Modeler. We are planning to replace Oracle Designer with Data Modeler. So on Monday I met some Data Modeler users and we were sharing our experience on the product and on database design. Nothing is as valuable as sharing and learning from other users! I am sure we will have many of those meetings during this year... And I am really excited about this project!

tiistai 24. toukokuuta 2011

Database design, where is that?

Why is database design not fashionable anymore? Why people think the database design is a side product of something greater? Why do bosses think that anybody can 'design' a database?

Why, why and why.
We just had the honor of having THE C.J. Date in Finland telling about database design and all that jazz. It was really great to hear such a guru saying that databases still need to be designed and people designing the databases must be professional people knowing the basics (at least!) of the relational theory.

I have seen it too many times that the design is poor (if any) and then the one to be blamed is Oracle. Hello! Not even Oracle can make miracles.

Would you let your dentist to make a heart surgery to you? No. So why do you think it's ok that the database is 'designed' by the person who has the most free time at the project team and not by the person who knows it best?

Data is the most valuable property to most companies, everybody knows that. But why is it not taken care the way it should?

OUG Harmony is over

OUG Harmony was a great success to attendees, speakers and to us the organizers. It was so interesting to get all those brilliant people together to share their knowledge and experince on Oracle products. The conference is always a lot of work but also quite a lot of fun too. Networking, eating and drinking together is sometimes the most valuable part of a great conference. But also a top quality speakers and interesting topics makes the experience perfect. Thank you to all our speakers! I already miss you, my friends!