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 technologies, as well as the rising acceptance of the Internet of Things, brings 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.

Big Data Requires Big Thinking

Managing big data, whether collected from IoT devices, transaction streams, or unstructured data sources, creates new challenges for data storage, manipulation, and integrity. DBAs need to move beyond traditional SQL database issues and become aware of the advantages and disadvantages of NoSQL and in-memory database technologies. Organizations are increasingly utilizing the advancements in business intelligence tools to garner insights from Big Data requiring simplified methods for ETL and the assessment of data quality.

Cloud Deployments Require Clear Thinking

Applications and databases are increasingly deployed to the cloud whether in a public, private or hybrid configuration. Database designs need to consider the performance, scalability and security requirements of moving large volumes of data into and out of the corporate network. DBAs will be involved in designing for data integrity for multiple databases in containers and virtual machines.

DBAs Need to Deploy Self-Service Databases

The rise of agile development methodologies, DevOps, and continuous delivery/continuous deployment means there’s a constant demand for new databases in development, test, and production environments. These fast development cycles can’t afford the delays caused by waiting for a DBA to allocate and configure databases. DBAs will need to deploy technologies allowing for databases to be created and loaded on-demand.

Security is the DBA’s Responsibility

Security is the network administrator’s responsibility. Security is the application developer’s responsibility. Security is the DBA’s responsibility. In truth, now, more than ever, information security is everybody’s responsibility. The DBA will need to identify where the organization’s most sensitive assets are stored. Guarding this data requires a collaborative effort to develop a defense-in-depth strategy with a layered approach that is deployed along the entire technology stack.

Data is the Company’s Most Valuable Asset

Data is central to every organization, whether it is retail, finance or manufacturing, among many others. In many organizations the creation of the new C-level title, the CDO or Chief Data Officer, has been established to make sure the data gathered is managed, secured, and most importantly, monetized. As a result, there is an increased focus on big data technologies and a greater emphasis on the technologies that protect the data. DBAs will need to focus on creating robust disaster recovery processes for very large databases and will need advanced monitoring and tuning skills to meet ever-increasing performance needs.

DBAs Who Can Meet the New Technical Demands

For organizations that rely on an internal technical staff, keeping up with constant changes and keeping skills up to date is an ever-pressing issue. One solution is to outsource 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.