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Jan 6 2009   8:03PM GMT

What’s your New Year’s Oracle resolution?

Shayna Garlick Shayna Garlick Profile: Shayna Garlick

Cloud computing, OBIEE, Oracle certifications, security, middleware or open source projects….on what should you focus your Oracle-related efforts in 2009?

It’s a question that many Oracle customers are asking now, as a new year often means time for a new or revised Oracle strategy. SearchOracle.com recently talked to some Oracle industry analysts for tips on crafting such a plan, and the experts’ suggestions included putting security, automation and middleware decisions at the top of your New Year’s resolutions list.    

These lists have already begun showing up in the blogosphere. So, what are some Oracle gurus resolving to do in 2009?

Database developer Chet Justice has four resolutions for the new year: Go the entire year without losing his job, become proficient in OBIEE, build a PL/SQL test harness and contribute something tangible to the Oracle community.

Dan McGhan, however, has different goals, which include becoming an Oracle 11g Database Administrator Certified Associate and completing a new open source project after a previously failed attempt. 

Michael Sheehan of XML journal thinks this is an important year to focus on cloud computing. He offers his own suggestions, including taking some time to both understand what it is and research different cloud computing providers.

Your Oracle New Year’s resolutions obviously depend on your own job and experiences. However, whether or not you accomplish your resolutions also depends on what Oracle accomplishes this year.

For example, Senior Analyst Chris Wolf came up with a New Year’s resolution not for himself, but for Oracle. Wolf thinks 2009 is the time for the software vendor to “publicly define official support and offer virtual CPU-based licensing for all prominent x86 virtualization environments.”

We’ll be posting a story later this week on what some other users have outlined as their goals for 2009. What do you think Oracle should resolve to do in 2009? What are your own Oracle-related resolutions for the new year and how do you plan to accomplish them?

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