What is Method R?
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Method R prescribes four simple steps:
- Identify the task that's the most important to you.
- Measure its response time (R). In detail.
- Optimize that response time in the most economically efficient way.
- Repeat until your system is economically optimal.
Method R was first described in courseware written in 1999 through 2002 by Method R founder Cary Millsap and chief scientist Jeff Holt, before they finished the book in 2003, for which Cary and Jeff were named Oracle Magazine 2004 Author of the Year. Method R is described in Chapter 1, which you can read for free.
Method R has been used extensively at Oracle sites throughout the 2000s, with tremendous success.
Although Method R was first documented in an Oracle context, its usefulness extends far beyond that Oracle context. In fact, the definition of Method R does not refer specifically to Oracle, databases, or even computers.