The Passion of the Oracle Database Users
By oracletechnet on Feb 29, 2008
According to my friends at Evans Data Corp., a survey of 1,400 database app developers and IT managers worldwide has found that the "most satisfied" database customers are users of Oracle Database 10g or 11g. SQL Server, MySQL, Informix, Postgres, DB2 were all included in this survey, with categories comprising Performance (speed), Security, Scalability, Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation of transactions, Durability of transactions, and Quality of data modeling tools. Rather complete.
As a general rule I am skeptical of all surveys and contests, but this rather bold statement from the report stands out:
In most cases the product that has the most overall user satisfaction, as measured when all relative rankings are combined, is usually strongest in a few areas, weak in a few, but mostly near the top in all. Oracle, however, breaks that mold. Oracle users absolutely love their database.
Well, this pretty much says it all: "Oracle users absolutely love their database." In fact, I would compare this level of personal attachment favorably to that of any alternative, any time.
I have to admit that I have personally underestimated this commitment several times. Look no further for an example than (former Oracle ACE) Howard Rogers, who shut down his own public advocacy of Oracle technology in protest to a game of "blog-tag" that temporarily flooded the Oracle blogosphere recently. Howard is such a passionate advocate that he will brook no interference with serious public conversations about the Oracle RDBMS. Now, that's what I call passion.
You can download the report here (reg required). BTW, if you are attending EDC's upcoming Developer Relations Conf in Redwood Shores, drop in on my session while you're there.