Wait on Oracle 10g Upgrade

It's hard to do, but Database Center Editor Lisa Vaas did it: She disagreed with Dr. DBA even though he's so fired up with Oracle Database 10g that he's telling people the time to update is "now."

Its hard not to agree with Dr. DBA when hes so fired up with Oracle Database 10g, telling people the specific time to upgrade to the new database version is, quite simply, "now."

At the opening keynote at the International Oracle Users Group Live 2004 conference up in Toronto on Monday, Vice President of Product Strategy Ken Jacobs—for the Oracle-unwashed, thats Dr. DBAs alter ego—promised that major enterprise applications such as those of PeopleSoft Inc., SAP AG and Oracle are on the brink of being certified with 10g.

/zimages/3/28571.gifRead more here about when PeopleSoft, SAP and Oracle applications will be 10g-ready.

To have such major enterprise applications ready to go in such a short time—Oracle Database 10g was released only in January—is testimony to the level of commitment to 10g that exists on the part of software vendors. It also flattens a large stumbling block to mass adoption. After all, no business can upgrade if its key enterprise applications wont run on the database.

Jacobs and other voices on the "upgrade soon" side of the argument gave me some compelling reasons to upgrade, such as pointing out that support for 8i is ending at years end. Why go to 9i, they said, when you can skip directly to 10g and avoid the cost of two migrations? Also, the first patch set is due out in June. Waiting for minor bugs to be ironed out in major new releases is yet another cause of adoption lag. With the bugs out of the way, plus major applications (almost) ready to go, why wait?

So, I sipped the 10g Kool-Aid, and I admit, it was pretty sweet. After all, we want to believe that 10gs promises are imminent. Shared resources, automatic load balancing, lower total cost of ownership, harnessing of underutilized computing resources, automatic management: Whats not to lust after?

Next page: The cautious majority held sway at IOUG Live.