Your DBA can be the key to keeping your organization running smoothly. A DBA’s role encompasses the operation of ongoing maintenance of production databases; the planning, design, and development of new database applications, major changes to existing applications; and the administration and management of an your data and metadata. This is a lot for one person to handle and you need to decide where to focus your DBAs efforts.

As you evaluate your existing database operations or look for a new DBA, be cognizant of the skills most important to your organization and look for the candidate who possesses these five characteristics.

1. Strong problem-solving skills.

DBAs put out fires on a daily basis and they must be able to solve issues as they arise quickly and effectively. A good DBA will possess the skills required to methodically identify the cause of the problem, evaluate it and design a workable solution in a timely fashion with the help of his or her team.

2. Deep understanding of backup and disaster recovery.

Data backup and recovery is a critical component for business operations and one of your DBAs most important responsibilities. The best DBAs not only know how to develop a backup and recovery protocol that meets your organization’s needs, but will also test the system on a regular basis to make sure it functions properly. In the event that backup or disaster recovery services are needed, your DBA will have the processes in place to implement recovery protocols quickly to minimize complications.

3. Positive, ambitious attitude.

Your DBA must be able to remain positive and calm, even in the face of a crisis. He or she must be ready to tackle even the most difficult situations by staying focused and doing what is necessary to get database services back online quickly. The best DBAs will also know how to prioritize their tasks in order to optimize productivity on a daily basis. In other words, your DBA needs to stay cool under pressure.

4. Thirst for knowledge.

A good DBA will realize that he/she does not already know everything there is to know about database management and will always be looking for ways to build new skills and improve the functionality of your organization’s database. When new technologies are released, your DBA should immediately educate him/herself and evaluate whether it would be a solution to adopt at your organization.

5. A desire to automate.

Automation of routine tasks frees up your DBA’s time, allowing the DBA to focus efforts on the important tasks that cannot be automated. As you compare different DBAs, look for a candidate who understands automation and is willing to use it to improve efficiency.

The Real World of the DBA

Oftentimes the DBA finds him/herself spending a majority of their time putting out fires with little time to focus on more strategic initiatives. Finding an outstanding DBA who can handle all aspects of the DBA duties can be difficult, especially if your budget is limited. If you can’t afford to keep a competent DBA in-house, don’t need full-time services or would like to supplement the more routine tasks, a good option is to outsource these responsibilities to a remote DBA service. A remote DBA service, can provide increased performance and productivity, a significant reduction in overhead expenses, and allow your in-house DBA to work on more strategic initiatives for you organization.

Remote DBA Services

Ntirety, a division of HOSTING, understands that each organization has a different operating model. 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.