Gough Whitlam was an Australian politician who rose to power in the 1970s with the campaign slogan “It’s Time!”. Politics aside, it loosely ran on the premise that not to have the occasional dramatic change ultimately leads to stagnation in social and economic progress.
The same analogy applies to the Oracle database. Of course, it can be hard to justify an upgrade because the database engine has matured to a point where typically all of the core functions required by the database for businesses to success are rock solid.
We have all heard the phrase “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, and I’m sure there are many customers out there happily running their 10g and 11g systems, probably accessing them with Windows XP, with client-server apps built with Forms 6i.
But the tech world continues to evolve, and even systems such as those typically are accessed from more and more sources within a business and potentially from the across the internet. That introduces more compelling reasons to upgrade. I think the best analogy for this is to take a look an old car. Sure it runs fine…but it is starting to show signs of needing an upgrade and doesn’t have the security and safety features of a more modern release of the vehicle.
Maybe your databases is too? If you’re in APAC, then make sure to reach out to your local reps about upgrade workshops coming your way, or click here.
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