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Sage Advice
At key points in his long career, database architect and tuning legend Kerry Osborne has had to ask himself what tasks he’s doing—even doing extremely well—that he should stop doing because the technology has moved on and he should too. Oracle’s release of the first autonomous database, in March 2018, is precipitating another of those moments for him, he says, because it’s designed to deploy, tune, patch, update, and secure itself—all administrative tasks currently done by a highly skilled database administrator. So as the New Year begins, Osborne offers four bits of smart advice for times of change. The first one? Realize that this has all happened before.

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