For those of you that remember, about a year ago, we installed and got OEM 10gV2 installed and running, and I was hopeful. Well, about the only thing OEM was used for was downtime reporting by a manager. The occasional email from the system when something came down, but not much more. No new agents installed on new servers, nothing kept up to date, basically OEM 10gV2 was a dismal failure.
Well, we have decided to upgrade to OEM 10gV3 and take another kick at the can and see if we can get OEM configured the way it should be and use it the way it should be. Our big push in this came from our Oracle Technical Sales representative. He came by (for free) and learned our environment over 2 days and then he presented some very compelling reasons for using OEM during a 7 hour presentation. Every single one of the reasons was expensive, but he got the managers convinced.
We will be upgrading (or reinstalling) to V3 by the end of March. Our sales rep gave us a 60 day free trial of all of the OEM packs on all of our servers to get me hooked, as well as 5 full days of the technical sales rep here helping out configuring and the proper way to use it. For the estimated $900K bill (before discount) to have the OEM packs on every database and the non-oracle database servers monitored as well, and our SQL Server databases plugged in too. Oracle is willing to spend some time.
We are also looking at purchasing Oracle Fusion Middleware as our SOA solution, so later this year, oracle is going to make some money on us.
I am now off to a presentation where I am going to try my darndest to convince management that we really and truly need to upgrade our oracle 7 and oracle 8 production databases.