Eye on Oracle

Aug 7 2007   12:54PM GMT

Top five reasons to upgrade your database

Beth Pariseau Beth Pariseau Profile: Beth Pariseau

A DBA recently wrote in to our Ask the Experts section with the following question:

How can I convince my top management that the time to upgrade all our production Oracle 9i ( databases to Oracle 10g is now? They are looking for the top five reasons to upgrade. How can I prepare a convincing report?

Our expert’s response reminded me of the Doug Burns post I pointed to last week on workload metrics — wherein he wrote, “The reason you want the metrics will define your approach to gathering them.”

Michael Hillenbrand gets at the same thing when he writes, “In order to write a good business case for an upgrade, you need to know yourself why you want to upgrade.”

In other words, there is no definitive list of the top five reasons to upgrade your Oracle databases, because (all together now) it depends.

But Michael does supply a framework for building a business case to management, starting with the fact that managers want to see benefits weighed against cost in all cases. He also names support as a great reason to upgrade, since 9i will be desupported soon.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you go to management with your own list of reasons to upgrade:

  • Are there bugs in 9i that are causing outages and/or business impacts?
  • Are there features in 10g that would improve the bottom line of the business?
  • Do you need to keep up with security patches for compliancy issues, such as SOX or HIPAA?

Sorry guys . . . no answers without more questions. Read Michael’s full response here.

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