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OCP Instructors Guide for Oracle DBA Certification

Chapter 9 - Evaluating Third-Party Products


This chapter provided an overview of the third-party product review process.  Its intent was not to persuade readers into using the supplied review process verbatim.  The information in this chapter rather should be used as the foundation for a strategy that is tailored to the individual needs of each shop’s business and IT requirements.  Some key points to remember from this chapter follow:

  • Create an evaluation team that consists of all areas that will be using or supporting the product being evaluated.

  • Determine the cost of the product and use it determine the cost of the evaluation project.  Don’t spend $100,000 dollars to evaluate a $5,000 product.

  • The creation of a weighted vendor evaluation checklist is of utmost importance. It will help provide an un-biased, thorough evaluation of each vendor.

  • Maintain good communications with the competing vendors.  Treat them with respect and your company will deserve the good reputation it achieves.

  • State the rules of the evaluation process (deadlines, number of copies of the RFP/RFI required, etc) clearly in all documentation.  The vendors will usually give you everything you want, but you have to remember to ask!

The above text is an excerpt from:

OCP Instructors Guide for Oracle DBA Certification
A Study Guide to Advanced Oracle Certified Professional Database
Administration Techniques

ISBN 0-9744355-3-8

by Christopher T. Foot

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