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OCP Instructors Guide for Oracle DBA Certification

Chapter 9 - Evaluating Third-Party Products

Initial Elimination

This phase will eliminate products that should clearly not be considered as viable alternatives. The overall intent is to reduce the number of candidates being evaluated.  With each additional candidate, the cost of the evaluation increases. The key to a successful elimination process is to create an in-depth set of evaluation criteria that will be used to evaluate the potential candidates.  Using weighted measures helps to identify the measurement criteria that are most important to solving the business problem. If the product passes this phase, it is passed to the vendor evaluation phase for a more thorough examination.

Perform the following activities during this stage:

  • Create the vendor selection process (methods used to perform the evaluation) and evaluation metrics (evaluation criteria used to compare the products). Document both the evaluation methods and metrics. The evaluation metrics will include:

    • Vendor Assessment (financial stability, size, alliances, etc.).

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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