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Avoiding bad Oracle advice on the web

Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonApril 20,  2015

Avoiding bad Oracle advice on the web

As a matter of practical reality, we must now take the time to evaluate the credibility of any Oracle technical content that you find on the web.  Are the publications of an Oracle "Expert" the pontification of an experienced consultant or the ruminations of an elementary-school dropout?  Frankly, we need to know.

We must beware of dangerous Oracle impostors I recently had to do a massive clean-up from a "would renowned Oracle expert" who made a giant mess on a production database.  Many people ask me how to identify Oracle poseurs, and separate the wheat from the chaff. 

Of course, the question of credibility is important in a world of self-proclaimed Oracle "experts".  But what about someone who says they are an Oracle "expert"?  Does this self-granted title tell us anything about their real skill and experience? 

The brilliant cartoonist Wiley Miller makes this point that you cannot be an expert without experience in his award-winning comic strip Non Sequitur:

While the old adage "Don't believe everything you read" is always true, the number of impostors and posers has reached epidemic proportions,  Google shows over 20,000 people claiming to be Oracle experts today.  Let's look at some ways that you can avoid being duped by a phony Oracle expert.

Challenge Authority!

The best tip for evaluating Oracle expert advice on the web is to challenge the authority of anyone who claims expert status, and ask to see some proof of their expertise.  There is nothing wrong in asking for evidence, especially with all if the liars on the web today!  Any real Oracle expert will be happy to show you proof of their expertise.

Don't take anybody's word for it, ask for evidence!  Here are some other tips for spotting posers:

  • Hidden credentials - One of the biggest ways to spot an Oracle impostor is some who claims to be an expert, yet does not release details about their experience and job history.  All real Oracle experts are very proud of their experience, while impostors go to great lengths to hide their credentials.

  • Grandiose titles - I see lots of marginal Oracle professional who flaunt impressive titles such as Senior Oracle DBA, Oracle Architect, or Oracle engineer, all in an attempt to deceive you into thinking that they have extensive job experience managing Oracle databases.  Beware of anyone who says that they are an Oracle expert unless their resume is featured on their web site.  Even then, take care to verify their job experience.

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