As more organizations move to the cloud, there has been much debate about the future role of database administrators. Some industry pundits believe that the automated installation, management, and patching capabilities of cloud databases will mitigate the role of database administrators. But this is far from true.

Database administrators (DBAs) are in charge of overseeing the flow and availability of data, database design, development and configuration, performance monitoring and tweaking, back-end security, troubleshooting and support, data recovery and migration, and so much more. All of this amounts to the need for skilled DBAs to ensure that data structures continue to function efficiently, and to keep businesses one step ahead of the curve with all of their mission-critical applications.

 

Survey Finds Skilled DBAs Are Still Needed

The need for experienced DBAs is one of the vital takeaways of a recent survey that polled members of the Independent Oracle Users Group. The survey points to the growth of data stored in Oracle databases and the continued need for DBAs.

  • 62% of the respondents have indicated that their company’s data volume has grown more than 10% annually
  • 74% said that their company’s needs for database management focused around database security, governance and compliance is expanding
  • 46% of the respondents stated that the growth of their organization’s cloud computing efforts have expanded and will continue to do so

The survey also found that many organizations are turning to their data (and their DBAs) to help make better business decisions, engage with their customers and clients, and boost their speed to market.

 

The Problem with Automation

One interesting statistic found in the survey is that an increasing number of database administrators are bogged down with manual “everyday” administrative processes. More than one-third of the survey respondents cited this as a challenge, which is an alarming increase of 162 percent from four years ago. The rise of private, public and hybrid cloud databases has allowed for more processes to be automated, freeing DBAs from the more mundane tasks, but choosing what to automate can be a challenge. For example, solving high-level database performance issues should not be automated, but backups should. You need a DBA who has been in the trenches to weigh the pros and cons and decide which back-end tasks should be automated and which tasks are not suitable based on your organization’s infrastructure.

 

Ntirety: Database Experts

The cloud has changed the role of the DBA but it is still as important today as it has always been. Ntirety is composed of database experts who have been working in the field since Oracle version 3.0. Ntirety provides remote DBA services, data consulting, DBA “on demand” (immediate) services, as well as the entire spectrum of DBA cloud services. The Ntirety team is dedicated to helping organizations run efficiently and effectively in order to make better business decisions.