September 19, 2008
OCP Advisor: Hi Joyjeet, on behalf of the OCP blog readers we are delighted to have you today as our featured Oracle Expert. Please tell us something about you, your background and professional experience.
JB: I have around 9 years experience with Oracle Technologies and for the last 6 years I am working with Oracle Corporation focusing mainly on implementing Oracle Applications 11i/R12 with all the big clients across the continent. The area of my expertise are RAC, Apps on RAC, implementing Shared APPL_TOP model, providing disaster recovery solutions, MAA and upgrading to R12.
OCP Advisor: New Oracle technologies are being introduced every year. Which technologies excite you most? What's your advice to Application DBAs for adopting these?
JB: One of the biggest issues for the customer is the downtime. The Maximum Availability Architecture (MAA) technology excites me the most as it is the future. With the technologies like rolling upgrades and online patching being introduced, there will be a day when we won’t be taking down the production system for maintenance. I would like to urge Apps DBAs to focus on the MAA, as it’s the DBA’s who works in the late nights and on weekends for every downtime.
OCP Advisor: Congratulations on your new book: "Oracle Applications DBA Covers 11i and R12" that's available on Amazon and other leading bookstores. Please tell us what the book is all about?
JB: Oracle Applications DBA covers all the pertinent aspects of administrating Oracle Applications—from installation to day-to-day maintenance. It covers upgrading, cloning, patching, maintenance and troubleshooting of the application system. Embellished with over 350 screenshots and illustrations, it helps in administrating complex Oracle Applications Database in an easy-to-navigate format. To help readers manage Oracle Applications without much difficulty, a comprehensive discussion on upgrading Oracle Applications in Unix environment has been provided. Further the book includes a balanced coverage of Oracle 11i and R12 – making it a must-have for experienced Oracle Applications DBAs. Professionals who are keen to migrate from DBA to Apps DBA profile would also find the book useful.
The book would be a very good starting point for someone who wants to know about Oracle Applications and at the same time this book would come handy for all the experienced DBA's. Initially this book was focused only on 11i and was about to get released long back. But when Oracle announced the availability of Release 12 I didn't get enough motivation to release a book on 11i so the next biggest question for me was to continue with my initial book or to start a new one focusing entirely on R12. I was in the process of deciding when Oracle launched "Apps Unlimited" which implied that 11i is going to stay in the market. . So, I decided to cover both 11i as well as R12 in this book making it as comprehensive as possible by ensuring coverage of every aspect of 11i and R12 including upgrading to R12. As a result what we have now is a book that not only helps a novice DBA in terms of getting started but also a veteran to get a better foothold in 11i and R12.
OCP Advisor: Several of our blog readers are preparing for R11i/R12 Application DBA certification. What advice/tips/suggestions do you have for the certification candidates?
JB: The certification track for the OCP 11i/R12 focuses on the practical aspects of Oracle Applications and most of the questions contains the real life scenarios. If you are a starter then best thing would be to install Oracle Applications and then practice the same. Since the questions have balance on each and every topic so you must prepare all the topics. My book also would be great help for those who are preparing for this exam.
OCP Advisor: Can you please let us know one habit that has contributed most to your professional success?
JB: Well if you are asking about one habit then I would say it would be to constantly upgrade one's skill set. These days when the technology is changing everyday and new things come up you need to constantly upgrade yourself with the latest technologies.
OCP Advisor: Thanks Joyjeet for taking time out from your busy schedule and chatting with our blog readers. Wish you continued success and acclaim in the coming years.
JB: Hopefully, I would continue to help certification candidates through my current book and future references. Best of Luck to all OCP blog readers!