Finally, I want to remind the reader of the enormous challenges for any data warehousing DBA. I often reminisce about the past decade and feel that Dickens' "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times" best describes my data warehousing experiences. Be prepared as a data warehousing DBA to experience little joy from few wins and a lot of agony from numerous defeats. With so few Golden Rules and fellow data warehousing DBAs in existence, expect more of the latter. But remember that if you don't succeed at first, try, try again. It's taken me nearly 20 years of working with Oracle and 10 years of data warehousing experience to feel like anything more than a base novice. There is no shame in making mistakes in data warehousing. In fact, it's the only proven method to finding the best solutions. Or, as Babe Ruth once said, "Every strike brings me closer to the next home run."