IDERA Predicts Database Administrators Will Be Biggest Beneficiaries of Empowerment Movement in 2015

60 Percent of DBAs Do Six or More Tasks in a Given Day that are not in Their Job Description

HOUSTON, TX – Dec. 16, 2014 – IDERA, a leading provider of application and server management solutions, today revealed data from its Accidental DBA survey and industry predictions for 2015. The Accidental DBA survey was fielded to gain insights into why so many database administrators (DBAs) were thrust into the career with no formal training, to better understand their evolving role and to gather data on where the industry is heading in 2015.

“The sheer number of accidental DBAs continues to increase, and without formal or ongoing training, organizations may be putting their data and business at risk,” said Josh Stephens, vice president of product strategy at Idera. “The results of our Accidental DBA survey highlight the growing importance of DBAs and the strategic role they play within their respective organizations, but it also shows the DBAs’ need for greater access to tools and resources to successfully do their job.”

Findings from the Accidental DBA survey 2014 include:

  • 5 percent of all DBAs surveyed were not formally trained in their DBA career.
  • 24 percent spend two or more hours a day researching how-tos for a difficult or new task.
  • 60 percent of DBAs do six or more tasks in a given day that are not in their job description, with 15 percent doing more than 20 tasks.
  • 60 percent of DBAs spend the bulk of their day contending with performance tasks.

As data continues to be one of the most important business drivers and DBAs take on more responsibilities beyond their traditional role, Idera predicts 2015 will be the year DBAs step out of the server room and into the management spotlight. Specifically:

  • DBAs will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the empowerment movement: DBAs will take a front-and-center role in making strategic business decisions. The shift comes as databases that were historically designed to support internal operations have evolved to become strategic business engines that drive key SaaS processes and revenue-generating applications.
  • Compliance and security will drive more dependence on database experts: With rogue databases quickly growing from managing trivial information to storing and processing high-stakes data, departments will place greater demands on DBAs to ensure the right processes are in place to comply with critical security requirements.
  • The Internet of Things (IoT) will increase the need for monitoring technology and processes: With more and more devices connecting to the Internet and corporate networks, there will be an explosion of data requiring increased monitoring and analysis across disparate teams, departments and geographies. The marriage of IoT and Big Data will put even more strain on corporate databases, increasing the importance of DBAs in helping companies derive greater insights, value and competitive advantage from their data.
  • The database monitoring market will see continued consolidation, with at least two major players being acquired: Database intelligence, specifically as it relates to database related application performance, is a key ingredient in any APM strategy. 2015 will see multiple database monitoring players being acquired to become part of someone else’s voyage toward end to end visibility.

To learn more about accidental DBAs and the survey, read the Idera blog.

About Idera

Idera is a leading provider of IT performance monitoring solutions. The company's portfolio includes database, infrastructure, application and network monitoring products aimed at helping database administrators, sysadmins, application owners and network engineers improve the health, availability and performance of their systems. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Idera serves more than 13,000 customers worldwide and is a Microsoft Managed Partner, an EMC TechConnect Select Partner and a member of the SAP PartnerEdge program. Contact Idera at +1-713-523-4433 or visit for free trials, free tools and more.

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