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Can you explain Method R so even my boss could understand it?

One of the biggest problems with Oracle Database tuning is that non-technical people (and even a lot of technical ones as well) can’t understand it. Although we invented Method R in an Oracle context, it’s easy to explain our method in everyday terms, because Method R is probably already the method you use to tune everyday things.

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Why would I need Method R when I have ASH, AWR, and OEM?

Oracle’s and Method R’s performance tools are not mutually exclusive. Just about every Method R customer in the world uses ASH (Active Session History), AWR (Automatic Workload Repository), and OEM (Oracle Enterprise Manager), too.

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Why would I need Method R when I have Toad?

Toad and the tools offered by Method R are not mutually exclusive. Many Method R customers are also Toad users.

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Method R sounds great for fixing performance problems, but what about preventing them?

An experience doesn’t have to be broken to be important. Companies that routinely measure the performance of their important user experiences in the Method R way have a much better chance of preventing performance problems so that their users will never even see them.

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Why is there a diamond in the Method R logo?

The diamond in the Method R Corporation logo is the kind of diamond that you see in flowcharts.

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What if my whole system—not just one experience—is slow?

Sometimes, people with slow systems say that step 1 of Method R is difficult because every task is important, and every task is slow. Method R was designed in exactly these situations. Even when everything is slow, you see, something is the business’s most important thing to fix first.

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Who uses Method R software?

Lots of companies, large and small, including companies in the Fortune 100, use Method R software.

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What are the “four magic questions” of performance optimization?

The four “magic” questions about performance of course aren’t really magic. They’re actually just four simple questions you naturally ask when something takes too long.

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Why is the method called “Method R”?

It was a scholarly decision, not a marketing move.

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What is Method R?

Method R is a commonsense method for optimizing a system. It is the straightforward process of answering the four natural questions about performance: How long? Why? What if? and What else?