Many Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) already use and recommend ODP.NET. Microsoft officially recognizes MVPs as experts in the IT field. MVPs who endorse ODP.NET for Oracle .NET data access include Bill Evjen, founder of INETA; Andrew Brust; and John Cook. Each MVP writes books, articles, and/or consults on .NET data access, always looking for the best solutions for Microsoft developers.
Listen to the first few minutes of The Connected Show webcast where Andrew Brust discusses the Microsoft OracleClient deprecation and why he maintains a positive opinion of ODP.NET and recommends it.