In the world of modern business, information is the lifeblood that allows organizations to assess, evaluate, compete and thrive. Your DBA plays a critical role in keeping applications up and running, preventing data loss, and ensuring database integrity. DBAs may also oversee the development of new databases and implementation of new applications. So if your DBA suddenly quits, it can be catastrophic.
Understanding why a DBA quits and the alternatives to a traditional DBA can make all the difference for the performance and peace of mind for your organization.
Why DBAs Quit
DBAs face unique job challenges that can lead to job dissatisfaction and the desire to find a new workplace. Many of these challenges are based on the fact that a DBA plays an extremely important role that requires taking an emergency call in the middle of the night, putting out the fires that arise all day long, and keeping up-to-date on the latest technologies.
There are many factors in your control which could affect your DBA’s happiness factor. Addressing these concerns can go a long way towards understanding how to position the role of the DBA in your organization.
Burnout: Given the scope of the work and the long hours, the overload can make for one stressed out DBA. After putting out all the fires, there may not be time to optimize the database, leading to slower performance. Over time, this environment can create job dissatisfaction.
Salary: A DBA provides critical business functions that keep business applications running, and it is the DBA who responds to the call when a server goes down in the middle of the night. DBAs should be fairly compensated for the role they play in keeping the business running smoothly but are often not.
Lack of Training: When systems change or new applications are introduced, a DBA must be trained properly so that new technologies can be implemented successfully. This is often not in the budget and leads to the DBA being ineffective at his/her job.
Job Recognition: Most employees want to be noticed for their good work, but the essential work of a DBA too often goes unnoticed. Managers who do not create a culture where the DBA is recognized are contributing to their job dissatisfaction.
There are measures to take increase the satisfaction level of your DBA. That said, your organization depends on having an effective DBA, and you cannot afford to be left in the lurch if your DBA suddenly quits. A remote DBA service can provide enhanced business continuity to provide all or part of your DBA needs and ensure that you are covered.
Advantages of a Remote DBA Service
With a remote DBA service, a team of off-site experts who are dedicated to your database administration needs will constantly optimize your servers and networks. Remote DBA services offer 24/7 service to either supplement your in-house coverage or completely replace it. Supplementing your DBAs role will allow your in-house staff to be free of the chaos and focus on optimizing and modernizing your operations. If your in-house resource suddenly quits, a remote service will ensure that you are covered and your applications will stay up and running.
In addition, a Remote DBA comes in at a lower overall cost than a salaried DBA since you only pay for the DBA services as you need them. A remote DBA service reduces downtime, increases performance and provides peace of mind that you are covered.
Your DBA Quit? No Worries
Modern businesses will benefit from outsourcing all or part of the DBA’s role to ensure business continuity, enhanced optimization and 24/7 database support.
Ntirety works with your IT department to better support and service your end users and to meet your organizational needs, including a wealth of best-in-class DBA services. From cost-effective remote DBA services to data consulting and DBA on-demand, Ntirety partners with Oracle, Microsoft and VMWare, as well as many other best-in-class technologies, and can support your organization’s database requirements so that your in-house staff can focus on mission-critical initiatives.