In high-risk database environments, database administration needs to be approached as a strategy — not a fire-and-forget it proposition. An effective way to reduce strain on DBAs and risks to security and business performance is to outsource database governance.
On a day-to-day basis, your database infrastructure may seem like it’s functional. But if you want to protect your data and ensure business continuity, you need a comprehensive understanding of your database environment. There may well be hidden risks embedded in your system—as well as opportunities for database optimization that you don’t know about.
The emphasis on cloud and as-a-service platforms is rapidly changing the role of database administrators (DBAs) and how an organization interacts with them. An increased reliance on data analysis, warehousing, and collection is taking place throughout all industries. Because of this, the modern database administrator is more critical to operational success than ever before but they are becoming harder to find. The demand for DBAs with advanced skills has sharply increased and the courting by data heavy organizations with deep pockets is leaving many organizations in a lurch.
From an IT perspective, database consolidation is one way an organization can save money. Learn about the challenges that your organization can face with database consolidation and what you can do to ensure a successful project.
With changes in technology come changes in responsibilities for IT professionals, most notably for the DBA. Increased adoption of the cloud mobile and big data as well as the rising acceptance of IoT bring changes in how applications and databases are accessed and is creating an enormous increase in the volume of data collected. Agile methodologies, including DevOps, are leading to increased demand and changes in how databases are deployed. Here’s a look at how these and other technology changes will affect database administrators in the coming year.
Do you need a DBA in-house and/or can you afford a full-time DBA? The answer will depend entirely on your company’s current, and future, organizational and database needs.