Databases are the engines of most business IT systems. They house critical business intelligence, help support important business decisions, and carrying out hundreds of thousands of transactions each day.
Database applications vary in price, cost of ownership, performance, functionality, and ease of use. There is a huge choice of database management systems (DBMS). One of the major manufacturers is Oracle.
In considering Oracle for your organization, here are some of the Pros and Cons you should consider:
Big Data (Mining)
Later versions of Oracle are great platforms for data mining. This is, in part, due to the advanced SQL Engine that Oracle possess. Your organization can benefit from finding indirect, secondary, and tertiary relationships in data that would be hard to find, otherwise. This provides value by helping you to discover patterns in the data over time. You can also be more time efficient, especially if you are working with large amounts of information, continually. Running complex queries on Oracle can be easy. Other features like Materialized Views, PL/SQL etc., can provide significant value for the investment.
Robust and Sturdy
Oracle is one of the best implementations of RDBMS. It manages memory very efficiently and can handle complex JOIN operations which can easily cause problems for some other database platforms. Oracle has robust architecture that makes it dependable and comparatively reliable. It also manages and organizes a variety of third party applications, very well.
Tools and Customized Applications
Additional advantages of using Oracle is that it provides the ability to create customized database applications, and wide variety of flexible tools. Instead of getting a standardized database program out of the box, you get a program that can be customized to fit your needs. Additonally, tools such as Oracle Real Application Cluster provides advanced clustering features, Oracle Data Guard provides physical and logical stand-by features, and Oracle Exadata implements the database aware storage (that can do predicate filtering, column projection filtering, join processing, and hastens tablespace creation).
Certification and Support
Another Oracle benefit is that if your organization places a priority on manufacturer support and certification of its IT personnel and its IT vendors, there are numerous direct, partner, and third-party Oracle certification programs available. And, the proprietary business model has supported the availability of an extensive array of manufacturer support vehicles.
A disadvantage of using Oracle is its cost. The licensing investment can be expensive. If you plan on using the application on multiple computers, you will need to buy licenses for each computer that you use it on. If you plan on making the software available on many computers, the cost can multiply, quickly.
Another potential negative of selecting Oracle, is that, if your organization plans to support the infrastructure using internal personnel, there is a learning curve involved, if they are not already experienced Oracle DBAs. If internal personnel are relatively unfamiliar with the Oracle database platform, you may need to hire a professional to help you get the program set up and appropriately customized.
Because of the dominance of Microsoft products in the workplace, many business have significant amounts of Microsoft infrastructure. Even though Oracle lists its latest versions of database software as being compatible with the latest versions of Microsoft Operating Systems, many experienced DBAs are familiar with the the persistence of compatibility issues the Oracle platform has in Windows environments (i.e. the buggy performance issues experienced with setting up Oracle RAC in Windows).