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Recruiting for DBAs

Posted by John Hallas on December 21, 2015

My team has vacancies for several permanent DBAs. We are a supermarket chain based in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

The estate is split between HPUX and Linux (mostly OEL but moving to RH). The oracle versions in production are primarily 11Gr1,11GR2 and 12c with a little 10g, all managed through OEM

The key requirements are knowledge of DataGuard, RMAN and RAC.

It is an interesting site and we do a lot of work looking at new technology alongside ensuring the production systems run as well as possible.

Any experience of managing MySQL would be an advantage

If interested please send your CV in to the address in this advert




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A blog related beer that I am currently enjoying

Posted by John Hallas on November 7, 2015

Currently drinking a bottle of this


I didn’t actually notice the name until I opened it tonight.

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Merry Xmas and a project goes live

Posted by John Hallas on December 20, 2013

I hope all my readers have a Merry Xmas and a Happy 2014.

My company has finally delivered an online delivery solution (we are a major food retailer in the UK  for anyone who does not recognise the branding). It is always nice to see a major project go-live and this is one that has caused some pressure in recent months.

I do think that whilst  the courgettes comment is funny and relevant to the emphasis we put on fresh food it might seem a bit stale (no pun intended) after a while.



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The 10 commandments of being a good DBA manager

Posted by John Hallas on October 10, 2013

With a subtitle of ‘The 10 commandments of being a good DBA within a DBA team”

I have been considering for a while what might make a good DBA manager and how that has a knock-on effect of developing DBAs and giving them an insight into best practises. These are some of my thoughts. I am not pretending to be a good manager, but I do try my best and these are some of the methods which I think have merit.

They are in ascending order of importance, however my top two wrote themselves, if you interview a DBA and ask him what the job is about and he does not come up with these two then I would be tempted to give up straight away. Read the rest of this entry »

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