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Windows 7: Oracle Acquires Sun: What Effect on Microsoft?

22 Apr 2009   #11

win 7 build 7600.16385 x64

yeah what will be done to mysql will oracle continue supporting mysql!!!

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22 Apr 2009   #12

El Capitan / Windows 10

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Win7User512 View Post
Well that sucks ass. Btw, why did you leave?
100% travel. Sometimes I had no idea where I'd be going next Monday until Friday or Saturday. Travel arrangements were my responsibility but we were only allowed to fly certain airlines and stay in certain hotels without prior approval which you couldn't get on short notice. Sometimes I had to drive over an hour or more to get to the client site in often unfamiliar and heavy traffic because I couldn't get an approved hotel close by.

Many customers HATED us -- they spent millions on Oracle software after being promised by sales that implementation was a snap only to find that the software required the standard high level of care-and-feeding that most Oracle software demands. Management was often belligerent and downright hostile because they felt they were being double-dipped and the guy on the ground (me) got the brunt of their hostility. IT staff were no help at all as they had no desire to help the Oracle consultant achieve what they had repeatedly failed to. Sometimes they actively undermined my effort or completely refused to work or talk with me.

Grueling work hours. We were never on a project that was not weeks or months past it's implementation deadline so the client expected the Oracle consultant to be in first and out last every day. Combined with all the travel time 80 hour workweeks were the norm, not the exception. With travel delays especially in the winter months there were many times I didn't even get back home on the weekends. Oh, yeah. And it was a salaried position that Oracle got paid hourly for -- you can just imagine they abuses that caused especially when profits were down.

Oracle would place us in situations we had little or no experience with and provide zero support above what the customer could already get on the phone. Sometimes all I had over the client was years of IT experience, expert troubleshooting skills and an Oracle name badge. Being expected to over-represent your knowledge was a constant requirement. No time off for training on new products but we were always expected to somehow magically attain expert level with new versions or products that Oracle had just acquired.

I could go on but what's the point. They paid very well, but then gave every excuse in the book for not paying travel expenses. In short it was always blatantly evident that you were working for a megacorporation run by the king of jerks who'd sacrifice your ass for a dollar without thinking twice.

The exposure to the variety of environments, technologies, methodologies and cultures could not be appraised though and I'm glad I did it. I had to put my life completely on hold for three years but for a die hard technologist like me it was worth it.
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22 Apr 2009   #13

Windows 7 x64 / Same

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by baarod View Post
In short it was always blatantly evident that you were working for a megacorporation run by the king of jerks who'd sacrifice your ass for a dollar without thinking twice.
Wow, I had read from many sources that he was a complete jerk, but I didn't know how true the rumors were. Well I hope you're happier now that you have removed yourself from that environment.
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22 Apr 2009   #14

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there -- OT to the main point but answering a previous posters thread :

Obviously you had an unfortunate experience but you probably learned far more than you might have done in a smaller environment. -- but in these large types of organisations there are the "Screwed" and the "Screwees". The trick is to get to belong to the 2nd group rather than the first.

If you can be a little bit of a Salesman and also don't totally ignore the Politics these large corporations can actually be OK to work in(for a while).

On my present contract I'm much less "tech savvy" than a lot of my colleagues but because I can usually "understand Management Speak" better I often get the plum assignments while the poor tech guys get worked of their butts.

Working "Both sides of the line" I can probably say that most of the stuff that comes out of an IT dept is usually totally ignored or disregarded by management more concerned with Sales and next weeks share price (to say nothing of their Fat Bonuses -- and Oracle isn't even a Bank).

The best way to be successful AND stay technical if that's what you want is to be able to communicate essential ideas to "Non Technical" management and then make them think they thought of it first. More challenging than you think -- and can actually be quite fun and rewarding if you are reasonably skilful at it.

For example :

It's no good going round and saying we need new more powerful gear and then passing around forms for user depts to fill in riddled with such questions as "How much disk space will you need in 3 months" or what's your response time to query XXXX" but to try and "Sell" what you are after - couched in THEIR terms -- like more customers / more work / bigger profits.

You'll get the nice plum assignments with great expenses etc etc. (I know I've done it ).

But good Luck in your new position.

Finally I don't think MySQL will go anytime soon -- it's too convenient and cheap -- and even if it does there's always Postgres or MAXDB.

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