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Oracle Database Room for Improvement

Paul Stearns - PeerSpot reviewer
President at Advance Consulting Enterprise

There is a lot of room for improvement. It is not meant for dilettantes. It is not meant for people who don't work on it day in and day out. Ease of use is probably the biggest complaint. They're getting somewhat better, but it is not as easy or intuitive as it could be in terms of maintaining and managing the database. The day-to-day maintenance and the ability to easily do things and keep things up to date can be painful.

Their support portal requires a person to become well-trained in how to use it. I'm sure it has lots of features and capabilities but to try and get support is somewhat painful. They are pretty good at handling absolute critical emergencies, but with the exception of absolute critical emergencies, getting problems solved from their support system is difficult and takes a long time. I had to do an update, and it was not straightforward to get the right patch kit. I'm getting to the point now where I somewhat understand how to use their support website, but it is not intuitive.

Probably about 80% of their online documentation is useless. When I have a question about what to do or how to do something, the things that come up on top when I do a search, of course, are Oracle websites. I always skip right past those and go to other websites. There's an old expression from my youth, "I want to know what time it is. I don't want to know how to build the clock." When you go to the Oracle documentation, you have to plow through page after page of stuff to get to anything that looks anything like an example of what it is that you might actually do. There are lots of other people who have filled that gap, and there are also websites where you can easily find the answers to most of your questions.

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Emmanuel Morka - PeerSpot reviewer
Head, Database Administrators at Ecobank Transnational Incorporated

The solution can be quite expensive for small and medium-sized enterprises. Not too many companies can actually afford the pricing.

The way it is designed, there are a lot of constraints on the solution. Everything doesn't just happen at once.

Oracle doesn't handle SQL. You can use other products for that instead, including another Oracle product. If you need SQL, you can use MongoDB, MariaDB, or the Cassandras.

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CD
Infrastructure Manager at Lactanet

The main thing we find could use improvement is the licensing costs. It is quite expensive relative to other database vendors. Cost always comes up as an issue for us as we consider upgrade paths. It's not as easy as we would like it to be. 

While we really like Oracle, it's difficult sometimes to upgrade from version to version.

I'd like to see the high availability option become available in the standard edition. We have a couple of databases that are still in the standard edition, and we'd like to be able to back those up and have higher availability.

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Kopano  Ramaphoi - PeerSpot reviewer
Freelancer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The only issue was the same as with the EDS licenses. When you try to tell customers that you can critically patch their system, they always complain about the cost. In terms of pricing, I believe Oracle should be aware of this fact. I'm not sure if it's because it's only happening here in Africa, but some of the guys I spoke with prefer to patch all the time. When you ask people in this town, "Look guys, can you critically patch the system?" they will tell you it's too expensive.

That, I believe, is a major issue. But with that solution, I'm not sure how it can be resolved, but I think most people will be willing to always do patches on a monthly, quarterly basis, as Oracle recommends.

They can increase the number of products available in free accounts for people to try. So many more people will be able to migrate to the cloud.

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AO
Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

Our Oracle database is very expensive, so probably the cost is an area that can be improved. The cost of the product.

The actual features that might need to be improved is a question that is better answered by any IT person or administrator because they know specifically what are the limitations and what the challenges that they face in using the product or the brand.

On the end-user side, it is all transparent and we depend completely on the administration to care for the stability of the product. So we do not know what they experience on the administrative end as we are isolated from those issues. I don't know if the services are slowing down or if there's an issue and the product is not performing as expected.

If something happens and there is a switchover to using the back-up or something like that, we do not see any of that as end-users. 

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BR
Oracle DBA at a computer software company with 51-200 employees

I'm not crazy about their new version plan that they've just started. It seems like it turns over too quickly. We may have to upgrade within the year, and I really am not crazy about that. I don't want to upgrade so soon. We may not have a choice.

The initial setup is a bit complex.

Technical support could be more consistent.

They used to have something called a database console in version 11. That was very good. It seems like they reduced its functionality over the past couple of versions. I'd like to see that back to the way in which it used to be.

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Deepak Nandal - PeerSpot reviewer
SAM Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

The primary concern is that Oracle is highly restricted in terms of the approved technologies where we can freely deploy Oracle Database or any other Oracle product. So, for example, if we deploy Oracle products on VMware vCenter or any virtualized environment using VMware technology, we need to license a complete cluster and a complete vCenter. So that is the costliest option for us. And since Oracle doesn't approve of Google Cloud infrastructure, that means we cannot leverage the dynamic and flexible features of Google Cloud. We have multiple offerings from Oracle and our side on this one. So if we want high performance, we have to get packs or options already bundled with Oracle Database at a slightly higher price. But they are cheaper if we purchase them separately.

Also, Oracle provides the Extreme Performance Database options where you have all the features already included with the database, which will overcome all the limitations that I mentioned earlier. So we can leverage different options, but the most important is to know what we need and how much we are ready to invest in setting up the Oracle solutions. Considering certain limitations on storing big data, so that's where Oracle lacks some features. But otherwise, it is one of the best databases available.

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OK
Developer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

Installing, configuring, and supporting an Oracle RAC system is a very complex task that requires special skills. A novice who has never done it before will struggle. Therefore, I think that in the future all Oracle RDBMS customers will gradually switch to cloud databases, preferably, to Oracle cloud.

It takes a significant amount of time after submitting an initial SR with Oracle Tech Support before your case reaches a technical expert with whom you can actually work on the issue resolution. Before that, you have to deal with people who are not experts.

Oracle RDBMS is expensive.

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KR
Information Technology Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The integration could be improved. If you are integrating with other Oracle products, it is fine, however, if your goal is to integrate with third-party products, Oracle isn't as good. There was a time when I was working on the other project and we were trying to integrate the database with Microsoft Active Directory. It was quite difficult to find a connection. We were eventually able to connect, however, it was quite difficult.

There's a new version right now. May have managed to rectify the issues with third-party integrations in that version. However, I haven't tested it yet. 

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Arief Gunawan - PeerSpot reviewer
Product manager at Metrodata Electronics Tbk PT

Oracle needs to improve its cluster technologies. They need to improve in the cluster technology using ARC due to the fact that sometimes people think that they have a redundant server when they are using ARC with the cluster and think that will increase the performance. In reality, if they are using ii with a big workload, sometimes the performance is not increasing, and can sometimes actually impacts it in such a way that there's some degradation in the performance. 

Oracle has covered all the aspects of the market requirement. Let's say someone who searches for a security solution that has high availability, security, manageability, and performance. That's all of the IT requirements, basically, and they are all covered by Oracle. There aren't features lacking, in that sense. That said, while that's a true statement in terms of on-premises deployments, and Oracle really is is the number one database technology, when it comes to the cloud, it's still a question about how good Oracle really is. Most of our customers are using Azure or maybe AWS. Not Oracle. That's the one area that Oracle should improve.

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SA
Deputy General Manager at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

They have improved a lot, however, recently it has been known that Oracle Database is very complex to manage. You need skilled people to manage it these days in the industry. The databases, which are very prevalent, are very developer-friendly, and most of the tasks are automated. You don't need to have a specialized DBA to look at the database stuff. That said, the ease of management for non-technical individuals could be better. 

Technical support quality has dropped recently. They aren't as helpful or responsive as they used to be. 

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Omar Al-Qaysie - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Chief Engineer at ministry of electricity

The solution can be quite expensive. It would be ideal if they could work on the pricing model in order to figure out how to lower the licensing.

It takes time to learn Oracle. There's a bit of a learning curve. It's not easy to use at first, however, slowly, day by day, you can get and develop your skills. 

There are a lot of YouTube videos and tons of material on Google that you can access. You can also easily find so many training institutes all over the world if you really want to understand aspects of the product. It would be ideal if Oracle could initiate some sort of learning center in Iraq. Even if it's just on Youtube, if it can be catered towards Iraqis to showcase the technology in the form of online Youtube videos or webinars, it would be extremely useful for expanding the solution within the Iraqi market. Right now, competitors like Microsoft can easily come in and just say "here's what we do, and at less cost than Oracle".

The initial setup is a little complex.

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Arief Gunawan - PeerSpot reviewer
Product manager at Metrodata Electronics Tbk PT

I'm in Indonesia. From what I know, Ali Cloud has already built a center in Indonesia, and Google also has a data center in Indonesia. I have heard that Amazon will also build a data center in Indonesia, and the same will be with Azure if they deal with the Indonesian government. I'm quite appreciative of what Amazon has done by deciding to have a local data center. I expect Oracle to do the same, but Oracle doesn't seem to have plans to build a data center in Indonesia. This is something that needs to be improved. 

Oracle should follow all the other cloud providers who see a potential market in Indonesia. It would be better for Oracle to be equal to other cloud providers and have a data center in Indonesia so they can compete. Having a local data center means that they can avoid performance issues, the latency of the network, and all the things that are related to the network for internet-based solutions. Customers in Indonesia expect a local data center.

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RK
Consultant at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees

In terms of what could be improved vis-à-vis our use cases and requirements, there is nothing. Nonetheless, we are trying to move to other companies because of the licensing cost that we're incurring on a monthly basis. Other than that we are not seeing any performance issues or require additional add-ons based on our use cases.

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AL
Head Of Information Technology at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees

The solution is expensive. They should work at making the pricing more reasonable. 

They should be putting more emphasis on the Windows platform. Usually, they run very well on the Linux platform, however, their performance on Windows is a little bit lower quality.

They have to work on their flashback feature. Right now, it is a cumbersome process.

It is actually very heavy on the storage. If Oracle could do something about it, that would be great. 

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EK
ERP Database Administrator at a non-profit with 201-500 employees

Oracle Database could improve by having a better-integrated view of the containerized databases. The Enterprise Manager is great at that, but if there was a centralized view of all the containers it would be a large benefit.

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Christian Niembs - PeerSpot reviewer
Management Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

Oracle's technical support needs improvement.

Oracle should really continue working on their cloud topics. Everything they're currently doing on the cloud is on the right path, but they need to continue working on it.

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AhmedElbadry - PeerSpot reviewer
NMS Service Automation & RPA Technical Lead at Vodafone

We didn't have any complaints about Oracle Database except for the vulnerability we see in some aspects of the product. Sometimes we receive some vulnerability email from the security team and it's sent to the product owner to check the vulnerability. Sometimes they tell us we can't upgrade the database for now as there's a vulnerability Oracle couldn't find a solution for. After one month or two, they're back to us and let us know they've solved it. They need to do a better job of patching security issues they find and making those patches happen faster.

The solution is a bit expensive.

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BZ
Business Development Director at a tech consulting company with 201-500 employees

In my opinion, the pricing of all the additional tools that Oracle provides is very complicated. The pricing model is very unfriendly for the user, and for the web vendors.

When it comes to new features, we don't desire anything at this moment. We are completely dependent on this ERP system which we provide and we only need the tools from Oracle that our ERP system needs, and nothing more. Our only concern is the performance of the database. If Oracle could make the performance better on low-end hardware, that would be nice. 

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DM
Systems Analyst at a logistics company with 501-1,000 employees

It all depends on the requirements we have. Right now, it's fulfilling our current ERP requirements.

We don't really find that any features are lacking.

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Vikas Dixit - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

As of Now Oracle has gained an image of Customer binding database.

Once some one opted for Oracle database , it becomes very difficult in many ways to move on other database.

As of now oracle can be considered as Top of the list and many of the database are not enough close to oracle concepts and it's standards so it's kind of responsibility to Oracle to bring a fair competition in market. 

In return ,it will help Oracle itself. Take an Example of Football. Consider Oracle a high level Club who have it's own Practice and playing Area but only his own rules are implemented. Any player who is a beginner and cannot afford such a high clubs will start practice in small arenas which have some what similar rules .Once Player's practice gave him confidence to go for a big club ,he will feel comfortable in choosing a club whose rules are known to him , Not someone for whom he has to change his playing technique. 

So Oracle should consider working in this direction so that he can keep the control over the wind of Market. 

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BT
Head of Department at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees

Sometimes, the patches supplied by Oracle to update the software do not work. Ultimately, we have a lot of issues because of this because we have to use trial and error to solve our performance issues.

We have a lot of performance issues, especially with a huge amount of data being using during a peak time.

In the future, we expect that Oracle will incorporate some NoSQL functionality. Right now, there is a lot of demand for storing JSON data. We would like to perform actions similar to that of Elasticsearch. One of the reasons that we choose Oracle is because they are quite aggressive when it comes to improving their product, and they are always providing new features.

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RV
Consultant at a recruiting/HR firm with 501-1,000 employees

For our organization, the price is the main factor that needs improvement. They charge you exorbitantly for a license, and, I would say, they are not doing justice to today's industry requirements when it comes to a pricing model. They talk about cloud hybrid on-prem solutions, and they tell you that you have a cloud solution that will benefit your company considerably, however, it's just a lot of cut-throat pricing that they offer.

From the perspective of using the database in a legacy product, some people are usually stuck with it, and they need to continue working on that. That's a new thing they have not been able to change. The licensing model works in a different way altogether. It's not really very friendly for management to take decisions when it comes to executing licensing right for a product like this.

If their database encryption features could come in bytes, that would be a major improvement. They should bring the encryption model to their standard databases as well.

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CC
CIO at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

Technical support needs improvement.

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SN
Technical Lead at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

The integration can be made much easier for the Oracle tools, for example, Oracle Database or OPI. The integration sometimes can be a little complicated for us because we have to do a number of integrations with other tools, such as Oracle computation. The integration could be more streamlined and easier to work with.

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DE
System/Security Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

The software really doesn't need any improvement, but the way they do the billing should be improved. They charge by all the chips on the server, whether you use them or not. If you have a server that has 64 chips on it and you use one chip, they charge you for 64, and that's a terrible business model.

Their support is terrible and should be improved.

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LN
Enterprise Cloud Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

The cost of Oracle is far too high. They should work to make it less expensive. We're going to stop using it for this reason. 

They could improve the scalability a bit. There are other options that are more scalable, for example. 

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KD
System Admin at First Capitol Bank

One area where the product could improve would be to have more simplified documentation. There are things which are quite difficult to find. Also, some setup videos, like a video together with the documentation, for someone who is first implementing a solution. Watching someone else doing it would make the person more confident than just having all the notes and all the possibilities.

In addition, for the DBA, Oracle could have a series of videos. Then it would be easier for a company to buy the educational content, to become a DBA, with the videos already there, rather than looking for an online instructor than trying to get the classes. What is lacking with Oracle is the availability of education to be able to work with Oracle. Oracle is not difficult, but there is a lot that you need to know. Even if you work with only the documentation, they won't help you that much. Bringing educational content that would help the individual to be able to work in real-life situations and scenarios.

It would be better to have a compilation of videos as a pack to sell to the vendors with all the information to become DBA or to become someone who can implement an Oracle system.

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Ricardo Tinga - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of IT Division at Industrial Property Institute

Occasionally I do have some technical issues. However, there are very good communities that can help solve problems, so It's not too bad.

It could be slightly more intuitive, but other than that, we really like it as a solution.

For our type of usage, we don't have any particular requirements or needs that the solution doesn't provide. I can't speak to any features that may be lacking in general. Right now, I don't find that it's lacking in any regard.

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SC
Data Center Operations Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The solution could be better and more constant at higher-speed transactions. The solution could be more stable and offer more data. In SQL, I find more consistency.

The licenses could be improved. They should examine their structure. The pricing could be better.

The initial setup is complex.

It would be nice to have cloud and on-premises options available. It would be ideal if there could be integration with cloud services.

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RK
Chief Executive Officer CEO at IT CROWD S.A.S

There are actually a lot more features for the Oracle Databases. It is almost impossible for a single person to know and give all the features. Every year, Oracle comes up with new features and new facilities. They are ahead of all other database providers, so we are happy and our client base is also very happy with Oracle Databases.

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Chinthake Ranasinghe - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Information Officer at Cjp

They can simplify and make the deployment more user-friendly. Deploying Oracle solutions requires a lot of technical input. If that can be improved, it would really add value to the business.

There should be features related to business intelligence and business analytics. These features are not built into the database. They are separate. They can at least add basic analytics features to the database.

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CK
Database Administrator at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees

With the nature of my job, there are certain things that I would want to improve. I can do this by acquiring some of the other products from Oracle, which would then make work a little bit easier. For example, in terms of replication from one site to the other site, the GoldenGate solution would be something I would have to acquire. However, this is subject to the budget. If we have the money, we could acquire other solutions. At the moment, we don't have such solutions which we can acquire in the future when budgets are low.

If Oracle Database could have more build-in features from some of their other products it would be good.

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EK
ERP Database Administrator at a non-profit with 201-500 employees

Since the solution is from Oracle it tends to be complex when trying to integrate with other solutions.

In a future release, I wish it was easier to run on other cloud services, not just Oracle Cloud. It is possible to run it on other cloud services but it is incredibly difficult to plan and deploy it. However, it is supported by many other cloud services, it is just not easy, but I think maybe that is the direction they are headed.

Additionally, they could make management for security a little more intuitive. It is good so far but it could be easier.

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MR
General Manager (IT/MIS) at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

We've used the solution for so long, it would be hard to switch off of it. 

On the ERP side, they do not seem to be improving the on-premises version. They seem to want to push the cloud option on users. The roadmap for each seems to be diverting, and the on-premises side simply isn't getting the same amount of attention.

The pricing could be high.

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Kevin Honde - PeerSpot reviewer
Strategy Architect at Econet Wireless Zimbabwe

It should have flexible licensing across different platforms. It has got different licensing models for Intel Power and SPARC servers.

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SR
Web Developer at a government with 10,001+ employees

The previous version was a little clunky. 

I'm not exactly experienced in troubleshooting. There are issues that I can't really fix. Sometimes I'm helpless with Google also. Trying to learn to identify the exact issue I was getting a Boolean error. I need to improve my knowledge. I'd like to have more documentation or assistance in this area.

The solution could be more user-friendly,

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KG
Associate Manager at a consultancy with 501-1,000 employees

It should have more monitoring features. There should be features to be able to analyze the performance with a query. In Microsoft SQL Server, when you are running any stored procedure, if you want to analyze the performance, you just run the query analyzer. You can easily find out that something is missing in a joint condition, or clustering needs to be added because of a delay. I can't find such features in Oracle Database. They should be added.

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VG
Director at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

While we get some performance issues from time to time, we get very good support from the Oracle support team, and those issues are sorted out. 

The setup process can be a bit complex. You will want to have someone on-side that can help you navigate the process.

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AG
Delivery Head IT & IS at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees

There are SQL plan flips that are happening with version 12c. We would basically like to have the next version wherein we don't see such plan flips because they create performance issues. There are quite a lot of features that I would like to see, but this is the main one for now.

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AZ
Oracle Advisory Engineer at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

There is a lot that can improve in Oracle Database. For example, it could be more user-friendly and should be easier to integrate into the cloud.

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NM
Oracle Application Database Administrator at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

The listener could be improved. The listener could be far more easily configurable. If you want to change ports or add a fail-over listener, it could be a little bit more seamless.

The solution is very, very expensive. This keeps it as a niche product.

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VM
Oracle DBA at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees

I'm familiar with various DevOps technologies and how GoogLeNet is working. With GoogLeNet, you can upgrade the application in real-time without downtime. This feature is currently not available in Oracle. If we can do everything in the database without downtime, that would be beneficial for the users.

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MR
Senior Database Administrator Engineer at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

The cost needs to be reduced because right now, all of our customers are asking us about how they can migrate to any open-source database. This is a very common question and I have been checking our ability to migrate, as well as the tools that we have for doing so, to a product like PostgreSQL.

Oracle is an RDBMS, although most of our customers are now moving towards Big Data. There are open-source databases and you don't need a schema. You can store whatever you want. I would like Oracle to do more for Big Data in the future.

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YL
Lead - Cloud Engineering at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

The pricing of the product could be better. It's too expensive right now. They need to bring down the cost.

It would be ideal with the product could introduce more security features. It would make the solution that much better.

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Florent NOPOUDEM - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Database Administrator at ITGStore

There is a new version of Oracle and Database Firewall, version 20, for which I would be interested in receiving training. For the moment, training is not an option. Having the time to undertake this does not pose an issue for me, as I would speak with my supervisor to allot the requisite time. 

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MA
Technical Development Lead at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees

The product is pricey and expensive. 

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SP
Technical Specialist at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

The setup for Enterprise Manager Grid Control can be a bit easier.

The additional options are expensive. If you want to buy a rack, partitioning, diagnostics, or tuning, those options are expensive, but it is difficult to say if it is a negative or not. We've bought the product, and we use it.

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Mohamed_Farouk - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Technology Manager at OrchidaSoft

The main issue with Oracle is the maintenance required. They should work to make it less maintenance-heavy. This is especially true if you are using it on Linux. You need more experience and skills in order to maintain it on Linux in general.

We've had corruption occur if the power gets cut off. We had a bad experience with some cases. However, this might have been due to our own infrastructure issues that have since been dealt with.

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HB
Domain architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

It needs to be more stable, as recently we have experienced some issues.

The support should be more customer-friendly.

The pricing should be reduced.

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VZ
Divisional Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

There are plenty of options and features in this solution, but they are, somehow, not being used very well. Therefore, training and support should be increased and improved for this solution. 

They can make people aware of how to make proper use of their server so that people can optimize it because its cost is just too much. They can provide training on the policies and procedures to be used for archiving and all such things.

There should be some kind of segregation in licensing. With a full license, all options should be available. There should also be a basic license with limited functionalities. This kind of basic license would be useful for us because we don't use most of the functionalities.

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VV
Professor at a educational organization with 51-200 employees

We believe that the usability could be improved, especially within the data lakehouse. We found content management to be a little bit more simpler within the GUI part.

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FH
Product Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The licenses are quite expensive. They should work on making it more affordable for their customers and it needs to be simplified. The database environment needs to be cheaper. By making it less expensive, Oracle would be more competitive with other database vendors.

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Edward  Onyango - PeerSpot reviewer
Database administrator at OS Labs

The cost of the license of Oracle Database is more expensive, so we have clients who chose to use a different solution, because of the cost. This is an area for improvement for Oracle Database. The usage and security are okay for Oracle Database, but its pricing is more expensive when compared to its competitors.

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YL
Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The security of the solution could be improved. It's an area that isn't as good as it could be.

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KD
PCI DSS Program Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

Their cloud services should be improved and expanded. 

The quality of technical support could be better. They could respond faster.

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PB
System Architect at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

The licensing could be cheaper and clearer. It is not clear how it applies to certain options. The licensing of the solution for only several virtual servers is a big issue which should be addressed. 

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UF
System support engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

I would like to see more integration with other databases and the cloud as well as Microsoft's Office 365. It should have, for example, a certificate that is then authorized in Oracle Databases so that easy division will be possible with other cloud solutions.

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Adil Fouari - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager / Oracle Applications Consultant at ASAM Conseil Inc

The main issue is that people don't want to be locked into Oracle, and once all the data is in there, it's difficult to switch to Amazon AWS or something else. 

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Noor Parkar - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. System and Storage Administrator at a government with 51-200 employees

The product could offer easier ways to configure everything.

The initial setup could be more simple and straightforward.

Technical support could be quicker to respond to queries. 

The solution is a bit expensive.

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AlaaMedhat - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Team Lead at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The solution has a high cost. Due to this, people are going for open-source instead. 

If you want to scale, it will get even more expensive.

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SM
Enterprise Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

Oracle Database could improve by making migration less difficult and having better integration. For example, having the ability to communicate, using native features, to different databases. Mostly connectivity to different databases, such as open-source databases or any other database.

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Laksiri Bala - PeerSpot reviewer
Research Enginner at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

An area that could be improved is information. Everything is going on containerization architecture now. Oracle is also coming up with data Shards with their Multitenancy Architecture to support this containerization. The gap is in marketing the features and the knowledge that the end users are having. The end users must be educated about the current features, and that is what is lacking with Oracle.

Additional features that could be added in the future need Real Time Analytics features and multi-cloud support. But I have seen Oracle is coming up with the Lakehouse and the delta Lake concepts.  Oracle is heading in the right direction, but the features should be communicated to end-users in the proper way.

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LS
IT Senior Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

Our main problem is that the connection is slow and that's because it's the Latin version. We are in Peru and the providers are in the United States. There's no other data center that can implement our database. 

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Pedro Simoes - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior System Administrator / CyberSecurity Analist / SQL Server DBA at Glintt

It's not very user-friendly, and it's a little complex. Another issue that I don't like is the licensing complexity. It's because of the SQL Server. We have several distinct editions, and I know that if I get the Enterprise Edition, I will have all the products. But with Oracle, I can get the Enterprise Edition, but if I need some kind of encryption, I need to pay more. If I need some kind of replication, I need to pay more, and so on. Every time my team needs some of this stuff, we have to ask Oracle. So, what's the point of the license?

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Anand Sanghvi - PeerSpot reviewer
Project Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The consumption of memory and the client memory has been increased exorbitantly in the most recent past.

With performance devices, it requires the system to be upgraded to the newer version, which was something that was unlike before. 

If the memory consumption can be kept low for the client, at least, then that would be great.

We would like to see smooth reporting for the indexes, which can be easily done. If we want an entire report for each consolidation, we would have to do it manually. If the system could be smarter with artificial intelligence then it would be better.

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Prasad Bagaregari - PeerSpot reviewer
Enterprise Analytics at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

They need to work on non-relational data a bit more. If Oracle Database can support non-relational data streaming, it would be great.

Pricing could be improved as well.

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WG
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

While working with 20-30 terabytes is okay using this solution, if you have Big Data, data that's much bigger than that, you will run into issues. It's a problem I have right now. They should support much more data.

Aside from that, the solution isn't lacking any features that I can think of. It's an almost perfect solution, aside from the data issues we face.

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PK
Freelance Software Engineer + Director of a company at a outsourcing company with 1-10 employees

With the new version, we never came across any important limitations. There was nothing that needed improvement. However, in versions 9 and 10, we sometimes had problems, and big and complicated queries did not get through. In versions 11 and 12, I did not experience any problem.

There could be some more information about load balancing and all these things. For me, it was just a part of the infrastructure maintained by other people. So, I cannot really say what they need.

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PT
Oracle Database Administrator at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

I am not very satisfied with the support at times. You don't always get the support at the time you want and need it.

The price could be better. 

My experience has been perfect, but there is always room for improvement for everything.

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SK
Senior Architect at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

We faced some difficulties in the network configuration area. All these things can be fixed with the support of Oracle's networking team. We didn't face any other major problems.

Its deployment can be easier. It should be easier to configure for a developer. If a developer is planning a database and trying to configure it, it should be easy for him because many times, we cannot directly get help from DBAs.

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Santosh Kurakula - PeerSpot reviewer
Group DWH and BI Senior Manager at Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa

The pricing needs to be improved. 

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Emmanuel FOMUDE - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Oracle Database Administrator at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees

Oracle Database's migration capabilities could be improved because it's very difficult. So even if you migrate where you host your data, be it on Windows SQL Server, there is a problem because migrating the package is highly complex. The technical support could also be faster. 

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SM
Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

The database has a lot and not everything is known to every user. The licensing is a bit complicated. 

I am trying to configure the GoldenGate and I find that you have to connect to the classic one in big data, I should use only one instead of two to stream the data to streaming platforms.

The integration with other vendor solutions needs improvement. It is difficult to connect to other hardware.

I would like to see more focus on the features that are supporting the new technology, rather than just focus on the hardware.

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JohnMitchell - PeerSpot reviewer
Head Of Information Technology Division at a construction company with 11-50 employees

Its price can be improved. 

In terms of features, we've just started using it, so we haven't yet come up with a list of features to be improved.

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MB
Project Lead Performance Engineer & Automation at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees

I have been looking for a virtualization database engine from Oracle. They have third-party vendors that can do it but if Oracle comes with its own virtual engine, it would be helpful. Additionally, the solution could be more user-friendly and improve the Transparent Data Encryption. 

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TB
Managing Director at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees

The price for Oracle Database could be better. It's a top-of-the-line product, so it's a bit expensive. We'd like for its price to be a bit lower, both for licensing and support. This is the only area for improvement I could think of for Oracle Database.

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Tushar Rahatekar - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Systems Analyst at a maritime company with 10,001+ employees

The initial setup could be easier.

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BH
DBA Dept. Manager at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees

The price of the Oracle Database should be cheaper.

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Florent ADODO - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Assistant at Hotel 2 Fevrier

I think this solution could be a little more user friendly and they could include a graphic interface for the monitoring of the system. The current monitoring system is not very user friendly. 

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RT
Technical Delivery Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

When it comes to Oracle, the only complaint that I have is their support. For business-critical cases, finding support is a little bit difficult because of the timezone difference. They should provide faster support to resolve issues on time.

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RM
Consultant at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

They could improve the storage and network overhead. They could minimize the storage to improve performance further. You have to optimize the resources according to your project.

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TA
Head of Data Management Section at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees

They would not release new updates if products did not require improvement.

Other Oracle competitors charge less and offer very good products that are stable and scalable.

There are good dashboards and other features, but it was previously included in licensing. They are now charging for each and every feature. It was previously bundled.

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OJ
Arquitecto Delivery at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

An area for improvement would be query performance - in some cases, it's really, really hard to make it run faster. In the next release, I would like to see some analytical queries and machine-learning integrations built directly into the database.

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RT
Team Leader at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The solution could be a bit cheaper. There are less expensive options.

The installation of the product could be designed to be simpler.

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AV
Information Systems Computer System Controller at a insurance company with 11-50 employees

It could be cheaper and easier to manage. Support could also be better. Performance could be better. Sometimes testing impacts the prediction performance. We have a complex server that serves both prediction and testing. Sometimes testing applies to many other deployments that impact the service provided. It's a problem for our company.

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Yasin Bin Wasim - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Security Engineer at a security firm with 11-50 employees

Its administration side is very difficult. To install Oracle Database, you need to have some prior knowledge. You must learn their commands. I was new to this, so I found some difficulty in it. Its installation should be easier. 

It is expensive, and it should be cheaper.

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Arsen  Ghulyan - PeerSpot reviewer
Deputy Director of Digital Banking at IDBank

The client-side of Oracle Database could improve. The client graphic user interface works on Java and sometimes it freezes, these should be fixed.

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VC
Sr. Solution Architect at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees

It would be better if the administrator part could be simplified. At the moment, we need specialized skills for managing or administering Oracle Database. If that is simplified, my juniors or basic database engineers could use it. Right now, we need specific administrative skills to manage the Oracle Server.

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MM
Group CEO at Mmusi Group

Their migration strategies could be better because most of these companies keep the same version for six or seven years and then update it to the latest version.

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AS
Deputy IT Manager at ICAPP (Americana Group)

Oracle is not easy to integrate with other systems, which is something that should be improved.

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MH
IT Architect at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees

The pricing model and scalability could both be improved.

The level of global support given could be improved.

I believe that the simplicity of installation and configuration for logging in to Microsoft and PostgreSQL could be improved.

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Kaan Çelik - PeerSpot reviewer
Data Analytics and Business Intelligence Manager at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

They could improve on making changes to their software faster, they are a large company and sometimes changes are slow. Also, Oracle can improve themselves in the cloud for Microsoft Azure systems.

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Mudasir Shafi - PeerSpot reviewer
Testing Lead at Enstoa

Its security is good, but it could be more secure.

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JS
Data Quality Specialist at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees

The monitoring of processes that are executing could be better. I find it very difficult to find processes that had been in a suspended state in order to stop them.

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SAMUELMWANGI - PeerSpot reviewer
Director at Calidad Systems Limited

I would like to see more security included.

I would also like to see more features added and the stability needs improvement.

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RK
Business Development Manager of Storage Systems at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

In the future, they should change their licensing policy. Right now, it's quite difficult because you have to pay for cores, number of cores, and it depends— if you use some servers, it's one price, if you use another server like IBM, it's another price and it's complicated. Their licensing model could be improved.

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Muammer öztürk - PeerSpot reviewer
Software Development Manager at gama

After Oracle bought Sun Microsystems, they blocked all patches, even while using Solaris 8 or 9. So, we cannot get the patches for them.

You have to purchase extra licenses for Oracle Data Guard. Even if you have backup discs and never use Data Guard, you still have to pay for a license for it.

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VA
Senior Manager -Datacenter Planning and Operations at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

The price could be better. Oracle Database could also be easier to scale. 

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SN
DGM Data Centre at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

More integration, in my opinion, would be beneficial.

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AI
Department head of gas projects design at ENPPI

The reporting can be improved. SAP has more reporting features than Oracle.

Better integration with other databases would be an improvement.

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LK
Systems Administrator at Dairibord

Oracle Database could be improved by adding more automation. 

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MB
Data Scientist at a insurance company with 11-50 employees

Oracle Database required some time to learn the basics and how it works. However, this is typical for database solutions.

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RC
Product Manager at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

CRM could be improved. What I mean by that is the CRM is composed of NetSuite and the Oracle database to perform the functions of a CRM. Both of these need to be improved. It is not very user friendly and there is not enough customization.

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CM
CIO at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The performance could be improved and I think they should work towards providing features that will improve database performance. It would also be helpful if they could come up with something to detect performance problems more easily.

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Bhavien C Nayak - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Financial Officer at a pharma/biotech company with 51-200 employees

Their local support can be better. Local support is a challenge in Africa for all IT companies.

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RR
Manager, Special Projects at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

Oracle is a costly product, and it requires a lot of resources.

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Lucas Sain - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Technology Officer at SYSDE

Oracle could improve by providing better integration with other solutions, such as Angular platforms. We have a lot of pressure from our customers to have this type of compatibility, we end up using other solutions that tend to mimic the functionality but it is not natural, expensive, and is difficult to maintain.

We have already seen some tools that they are working on, but they are in an experimental stage and do not look too promising. There is a need for more collaboration moving forward. In the past it was beautiful, now the world is collaborative, and it is hard to have that integration with everybody else.

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Irad Dukad - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at ducart

The solution is not for everyday use. It is not easy to use and maintain. As it is on a Linux server, all its maintenance is outsourced for management as a DBA. 

The interface could be more user-friendly.

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KD
Senior Lead Developer at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees

The initial setup can be simplified.

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SK
Sr. Professional Security Compliance at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

The licensing formulation could be improved; it's too complicated and very rigid. 

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AG
Engineer consultant at a legal firm with 51-200 employees

Oracle Database could improve by providing access and integration with containers.

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DJ
ETL Developer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

There are a few errors for which Oracle doesn't provide detailed information. It doesn't clearly indicate the columns or lines for which we are getting an error. It would be better if they provide more detailed information for such errors.

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DK
Senior Systems Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 201-500 employees

They should reduce its price and provide faster support.

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Abhijith Palekar - PeerSpot reviewer
Software Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The initial setup should be improved.

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mehrab hussain - PeerSpot reviewer
Junior Software Engineer at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

It should have a good UI. The user interface could be better.

The installation could be improved when using different operations systems, as some take longer than others.

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BayramGuldibi - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Systems Support Manager at a hospitality company with 201-500 employees

Support is not available when one encounters problems. The database has performance parameters.

It would be nice to be able to switch cluster features for creating multiple databases towards business continuity.

Installation of SQL Server is comparatively much easier than that of Oracle Database. 

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OV
Technical Manager IT Development at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

Their support and price could both be improved.

In future releases I would like to see it more administrable on cloud.

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SK
AI Data Architect at a media company with 11-50 employees

I would like to see more patches. 

While the stability is good, it could still be better.

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MW
Project Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

Oracle Database could be easier to use. 

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ABDURRAHIM - PeerSpot reviewer
Deputy Manager - Radio Frequency Planning at X-Net Ltd.

Oracle Database could improve security to make the solution better in the future.

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OK
System Specialist at a university with 501-1,000 employees

Security is an area that needs to be improved. 

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VG
Regional Head Customer Experience at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

The queries performance could improve compared to other products.

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ZelalemGedefie - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior System Administrator at Debre Markos University

The solution could have better security and integration. 

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WR
Sales Manager at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees

It would be better if they had a license management service.

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ZF
Senior Developer Individual Contributor at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

It would be useful if I could connect to an expert for one-on-one help.

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JI
System Analyst and Team Lead at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The solution could improve security.

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Gustavo Gutiérrez - PeerSpot reviewer
Consultant Peoplesoft at NYS Consultoria

Oracle could improve the finance system. Oracle is also very expensive.

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AD
BU Delivery Head at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

The adaptability to various APIs is something that needs to be improved.

Also, the programming interface needs some improvement.

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MM
IT Project Manager at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees

It would be nice if creating indexes and other small, repetitive tasks could be automated. 

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MS
IT Supervisor at Nebeaelhate IT

The interface is not reliable because the GUI is old.

It needs to be more attractive.

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MR
Deputy Head of ICT at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

Digital support of the product could be improved. 

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AP
User

I encountered problems when developing solutions or when the developers needed to know or check many things to connect to the database. Problems can arise if there are too many requirements or a lot of details which must be applied to connect the software to the database. There may be a need to have the client in the host machine and have other files registered. Once the connection is made with the database the problem is resolved. 

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EK
Sr Lead Data & Information Architect at a pharma/biotech company with 5,001-10,000 employees

The licensing cost could be better.

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Buyer's Guide
Oracle Database
April 2022
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