OCP Advisor (OCPA): Please share with us your background and professional experience.
Jim Czuprynski (JC): I have been working in IT since the early 1980’s, back when the concept of database administrator was wrapped together with several different roles, including writing reports, building data entry screens, as well as making sure that database is up and available. I transitioned to client-server development in the mid-1990s and then spent several years as a business analyst and project team lead, but something always brought me back to the DBA track. I finally became an “official” Oracle DBA earlier this decade. About four years ago I started teaching the Oracle database administration courses for Fujitsu America, one of the first Oracle Education partner in the United States.
OCPA: You are an OCP on 9i, 10g and just recently on 11g. Congratulations! What motivates you to seek Oracle certification?
JC: If you’re thinking about upgrading your certification from Oracle 10g to Oracle 11g, the New Features for Administrators class is an obvious choice. I really see a need out there for DBAs who are familiar with recommended best practices for Oracle 11g Real Application Clusters (RAC), so that is one of my favorite classes to teach. The 11g Performance Tuning course teaches DBAs the best practices of how to tune a database instance from the “top down,” starting with the Shared Pool and winding our way from that most tunable part of memory down to the least tunable parts of an Oracle instance.
JC: For the past 18 months I have been writing a lot about all the new Oracle Database 11g features, so it’s a great way to take a deep dive into what is going to be covered on the Oracle 10g to 11g OCP upgrade test. I just finished a three-part series on how to implement the various features of SecureFile LOBs, including a quick foray into how to deploy DICOM files as SecureFile LOBs within an Oracle 11g database. And I am now working on a multi-part series on all the new DataGuard features, especially Active DataGuard.