If you are a working DBA, eventually you will get drawn into evaluating DBA tools and the vendors who market and sell those tools. Although the most important aspect of DBA tool selection should be the functionality of the tool and the way it satisfies your organization’s needs, the nature and stability of the vendor that provides the product is also important.
The following series of questions can be used to help you evaluate tool vendors as part of your DBA tool evaluation process:
Use these questions to provide a basis for evaluating DBA tool vendors. You can judge for yourself which criteria are most important to your organization and weight the responses appropriately. But be sure to conduct due diligence upon the vendor’s whose DBA tools you will be using. Doing so can help you to avoid surprises at some point down the line.