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Re: PostgreSQL certifications?

From: Evan Rempel <erempel(at)uvic(dot)ca>
To: Enrico Weigelt <weigelt(at)metux(dot)de>
Cc: postgresql advocacy <pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: PostgreSQL certifications?
Date: 2004-06-03 15:59:06
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On Thu, 3 Jun 2004, Enrico Weigelt wrote:

> * Evan Rempel <erempel(at)UVic(dot)CA> wrote:
> <snip>
> > One of the criteria was "Can our DBA team get formal
> > training/certification to support the selected product in our
> > environment?"
> Why such criteria ?
> What do you hope to get from such an "certification" ?
> If I look at the MSCE stuff, I dont know if is meant as a april joke
> or not. Other "certifications" the same. Most of them I can't really
> take serious.
> So if you dont have a in-deep look at the certification criteria, then
> I cannot circumvent calling this decision just stupid. (of course those
> decisions are quite normal, as well as "database engineers" in big
> companies, who didnt understand the concept of indices!)

Spoken like a true technical specialist :-(

Basically, we already have a whole bunch of databases.
We already have staff trained and certified on Oracle.
Our managmenent is already paying heavily for Oracle Licences.

Our IT staff (not DBAs) says "We can save a buch of money, and not loose
any features (that we are using) by swithcing to PostgreSQL". Management
says "Fine, tell me which course to pay for, so the DBAs can get trained
and certified on this stuff and start the switch over. Ball stops rolling.
Project dies. We continue to pay money for Oracle.

None of this is my decision, but that's the problem. The NON-TECHNICAL
people get to make the decisions.

I suspect that our organization is not much different form most others.

Evan Rempel				erempel(at)uvic(dot)ca
Senior Programmer Analyst		250.721.7691
Computing Services
University of Victoria

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