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  • Paperback: 548 pages
  • Publisher: Springer Verlag GmbH; New edition (1 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430237074
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430237075
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 3.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,884,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Kurtz began working with version 5.1 of the Oracle database in 1989 in a small software house as an Oracle developer/database administrator working on assurance and insurance software. In 1996, he joined PeopleSoft U.K. starting out in support and gradually moving into consultancy over several years. Since there was virtually no internal documentation about how PeopleSoft related to the database, he started by working out the relationship between the application and database for himself. This led to fixing performance problems in PeopleSoft systems. Soon enough, David was spending all of his time on performance-related consultancy. David left PeopleSoft in 2000 to go into business for himself as Go-Faster Consultancy Ltd. ( There, he provides performance and technical consultancy, mostly to PeopleSoft users, mostly on Oracle. Since then, Kurtz has learned to apply principles of response-based performance, not just to the database, but holistically to the entire application stack. David has been a member of the U.K. Oracle User Group since 1994. He chaired the UNIX SIG between 2000 and 2006, and serves on the board of directors. He presents regularly at PeopleSoft and Oracle conferences and meetings. David is a member of the OakTable Network ( and is also an Oracle ACE Director. David started the lively PeopleSoft DBA Forum on Yahoo! ( following a roundtable discussion at a PeopleSoft conference in 2002, and it continues to be a valuable resource. He writes two blogs: PeopleSoft ( and exclusively Oracle database (

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "gbowden4" on 31 Dec. 2004
Format: Paperback
Dave Kurtz has put together the knowledge that he has gathered about installing and performance tuning a PeopleSoft system that uses Oracle. If you are an Oracle DBA running PSoft then this book is for you. It covers versions 7.5 through to 8.44 and has considerable background info about how PeopleSoft uses the web server, Tuxedo and (of course) the Oracle database.
The book covers performance troubleshooting in some depth - showing how to check each tier's performance. This includes some basics of web server tuning, the intricacies of the application server and the link between the SQL used on the database and how PeopleCode and queries are written. Here the book crosses over briefly and would be useful to developers too.
The main area that I would have liked to see more on would be the regular maintenance jobs that a DBA will need to do to keep a PeopleSoft system up and running e.g. which items should be checked on a regular basis, back ups, audits, managing upgrades.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Pragmatic, focused, detailed 10 Jan. 2005
By Jack D. Herrington - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is a deep in-depth view of the function of Peoplesoft on an Oracle database. Not only does it cover the fundamentals of how Peoplesoft uses the database features, it also details almost every table in the system on a row by row basis. An in-depth resource which is sure to be invaluable to anyone using this software configuration.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Best PeopleSoft book for Oracle DBA who needs to learn PeopleSoft support 23 Jan. 2006
By Benjamin S. Prusinski - Published on
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I have been an Oracle DBA for ten years and needed to ramp up very quickly recently for a large client to support their PeopleSoft environment without time to get training on PeopleSoft. This book fits the void left empty as the other PeopleSoft books are geared toward PeopleSoft application developers and not for an Oracle DBA who needs to understand the new ways of working with Oracle databases and PeopleSoft applications. Definitely a gold mine of nuggets for those who need to understand Peoplesoft on Oracle!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Served as excellent overview for me 11 Aug. 2007
By Alex Gorbachev - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this book just to get familiar with Peoplesoft environment (before the project to install Oracle RAC for Peoplesoft) and cover what I need to know as Oracle DBA. It beats all my expectations - I found lots of DBA relevant details as well as extremely useful overview of architecture and application design with Tuxedo.
After skimming through the book for few hours, I was able to fully understand and talk to Peoplesoft people at client side. In some cases, I knew even more details (or where to get more) than DBA on client site. Showed this book to the client DBA and he was so much thrilled with that - ran and bought it right away.
Well done David! Excellent Job. Thanks!
The man knows his stuff!!! 7 May 2014
By M. C. Willis - Published on
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I am but a mere PeopleSoft admin, and not a DBA, but this book helps those DBAs who haven't supported PeopleSoft understand the additional complications of PeopleSoft above and beyond normal DBA work.
Great Book! 8 Jan. 2013
By M. Davis - Published on
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Kurtz really knows his PS! And you don't need to be a DBA to get a lot out of this book, the PS administration usually gets dumped on the DBA team, so he writes it to that audience.
I had about a year of experience with PS, tuxedo and weblogic before getting this book, and still found that it explained may things about PS that I did not know.
If you are the person that sets up any part of PS - I highly recommend reading this book!! There is also a load of valuable info at David's website. Just google his name and you will find it. If you need PS tuning - check out PSTuners too - they really do a bang up job at making PS run faster!
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