As an Oracle DBA, you’ve got a lot on your plate. So the last thing you want to deal with is an Oracle database migration. I get it. The only thing higher than the risk involved is the stress. And you’ve already got enough of that. Which makes it easy to block it all out and tell yourself you’ll deal with it later. But the thing is, by preparing today – in four super easy steps – you can avoid pretty much all the stress and risk when it comes time to migrate. So let’s get into it.

Step one: Do your research.

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Step two: Focus on the positive.

When you’re the one dealing with all the hard work and stress of a major database project, it’s easy to get a little resentful. Often, you’re helping your company reduce costs, meet their operational goals and reap all the benefits of this big change, but if anything goes wrong, it’s on you. And if everything goes perfectly? Well, it’s just expected.

As a hard-working Oracle DBA, you rarely get the thanks you deserve. So it’s important to remind yourself of the personal perks that’ll come with your project. Is it something you can add to your resume? Will the new database perform better, taking some pressure off you? Try to focus on what you’ll get out of your Oracle database migration. It’ll help keep your spirits up during a high-pressure project.

Step three: Get the scoop on data replication.

With the right data replication technique, you can virtually eliminate risk during your Oracle database migration or upgrade. With the proper approach, you can replicate from your new version of Oracle back to your older version, creating a safe failback option. This protects your data if your application doesn’t work correctly after the migration, regardless of how much work your users have done since the migration. The ability to failback to the older version without losing user data offers serious peace of mind.

Step four: Test drive tools ahead of time.

You’ve got options when it comes to data replication. And while you may feel comfortable with your native tools, there are solutions out there that offer far more functionality to protect your data – at a fraction of the price. Playing with free trials now will help you identify the best data replication solution for you and set you up for a smooth and successful database migration. An option like SharePlex® is great to achieve high availability before, during and after your next migration or upgrade.

Prepare for success.

Whether your Oracle migration is rapidly approaching or you still have some time, these four simple steps will put you on the path to success.

Check step one off your list now.

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