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OCP Instructors Guide for Oracle DBA Certification

Chapter 1 - Getting Started

Book Recommendations

Who do I think has the greatest ability to transfer technical information to the reader? Craig Mullins is a well-known DB2 expert and author of the DB2 Developer’s Guide. Craig has just written one of my favorite administration books of all time, Database Administration – The Compete Guide to Practices and Procedures. This book covers all databases and WILL make you a better DBA. Don’t worry that Craig is an expert in a competing product, he is not just a DB2 expert, Craig is one of the few people I know that are qualified to be a true database expert.


In this chapter, we learned that becoming an Oracle DBA is much more than being a “table jockey”.  We now know database administrators plays a pivotal role in the IT organization and are involved in all aspects of the application development process.  The DBA of today must have a strong understanding of the business processes as well as the technical intricacies of the Oracle environment to be successful.  The DBA is truly the conduit between the business personnel that use the application and the technical units that support them.  The administrator is able to discuss complex business topics with application developers and business users and then switch to “techno jargon” to discuss in-depth technical issues with infrastructure support units.

The above text is an excerpt from:

OCP Instructors Guide for Oracle DBA Certification
A Study Guide to Advanced Oracle Certified Professional Database
Administration Techniques

ISBN 0-9744355-3-8

by Christopher T. Foot

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