1. Start with the end in mind.
—The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey
Your goal as Oracle administrator is not simply to create a database but to be on time, be on budget, and meet the availability and performance targets of the business. As with any goal, careful planning is the key to success. You have little control over a number of factors that affect the success of your database: for example, application design and testing. This chapter discusses three important issues that are definitely within your circle of influence and that you cannot afford to ignore: licensing, architecture, and sizing.