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How to get into a company that uses SAP on UNIX or Oracle

I have five years of experience in SAP Basis, ranging from 3.1h to R/3 Enterprise and NetWeaver. The only problem is that I have performed mainly in SQL 2000 and Windows environment. Most jobs I see have SAP running on UNIX and Oracle. I have taken an Oracle 9I technical class but I am still shaky at best -- and I have no UNIX background. What can I do to get my foot in the door to a company that uses Unix/Oracle?
It's not always easy to switch technical platforms. As long as you have good work in the SQL environments, I don't know that you need to switch to another platform. However, if you are determined to make the switch, then I'd suggest that you look for companies that have smaller subsidiaries or divisions running on SQL/Windows and larger corporate divisions running on UNIX/Oracle. Perhaps from there, you can work your way into a new technical platform. It's always easier to do this "from the inside."

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Open source Ingres' salvation, says founder

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Ingres founder and chief architect Mike Stonebraker says a product that uses good technology doesn't necessarily make it a commercial success.

Seemingly frustrated over what he refers to as a lucky break for Oracle and some questionable sales tactics, Stonebraker says he's optimistic that Ingres will finally come into its own with the help of CA.

Stonebraker was a professor at the University of California at Berkely where he was the main architect of the Ingres relational DBMS in the early 1970s.

The explosion of interest in open source databases prompted by MySQL AB is resulting in a revival of sorts for Ingres, Postgres and others. CA announced in August that it was releasing the Ingres source code under an open source license and other commercial software vendors are open sourcing similar products.

In an interview with SearchEnterpriseLinux.com, Stonebraker was critical of the reasons why Ingres failed to gain stature in the database market and whether the open source community can erode Microsoft's dominance.

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