I think your decision for backup/recovery software should be based on the size of your shop. if u work in a very large shop is i do, with over 120 databases to backup, you'll definitely need a third party tool for not just the backups, but for monitoring. We use BMC SqlBacktrack for Oracle. It's very powerful, but easy to install/deploy. It actually works with RMAN & also has a good GUI feature (BRPM-backup/recovery process monitor) that's superb for monitoring your backups.