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OCP Instructors Guide for Oracle DBA Certification

Chapter 9 - Evaluating Third-Party Products

Analysis Evaluation

Perform the following activities during this phase:

  • Determine and estimate the resources required to further evaluate the business needs.

  • Determine and estimate the resources required to perform the product selection.

  • Estimate general implementation and customization costs.

  • Estimate on-going support costs, including staff requirements and training.

  • Determine timelines and deliverables for the evaluation, selection and implementation processes.

  • Determine date when the recommendation will no longer be valid (recommendation life-cycle).

Obtain Business Unit and IT Management Commitment

One of the major activities of any evaluation process is acquiring management commitment for the evaluation, selection and implementation stages. Representatives from user and technical management need to be a part of the evaluation process to ensure their continued support. Management always asks the same questions. As a result, it is relatively easy to prepare for them. A satisfactory answer to “What business problem are you trying to solve?” is usually followed by “How much will it cost to purchase, implement and support?”, and “What is the risk if we don’t solve the problem?”.  Management wouldn’t be doing their job if they didn’t ask these questions. To be successful in this phase, you need to be prepared to answer them.

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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