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Are you a DBA [database administrator] looking for extra funding?

You will want to read this.

Whether you are asking for additional funding for the first time or giving it another go after a few failed attempts, knowing how to best frame your approach will help.

Get powerful advocates on board: Take your discussion to people who are stakeholders in your operations because they have a vested interest in details such as backup windows and sizes, security, and compliance.

Justify the costs: It is not just about introducing the idea, it is about solidly backing it up with evidence of improved efficiency and reduced cost initiatives like data warehousing. You can start by estimating time savings or data storage rates then multiplying by hourly wages or storage costs.

Establish common goals: Find shared objectives between the IT department and the company, then show how additional IT support can help everyone achieve these targets.

Play the disaster card: Inform decision-makers of how inclement weather, natural disasters, and other unforeseen catastrophic events can affect end-users and how additional IT funds can speed up disaster recovery.

Do not give up: Persistence is key when it comes to negotiating for a bigger budget – higher-ups will eventually realize your individual tenacity as well as understand the role of the DBA [database administrator] better.

Optimizing your chances for a higher budget involves giving the right reasons to the right people.


Are You a DBA Looking For Extra Funding?

It is difficult for database administrators (DBAs) to run their SQL servers databases efficiently and effectively without proper funding. This infographic gives useful tips on how to look for extra funding, whether you are asking for additional funding for the first time or giving it another go after a few failed attempts.

Getting powerful advocates on board and speaking with people who are stakeholders in the operations are good starting points. As a DBA, you must be able to justify the cost of your idea and back it up with evidence of improved efficiency and reduced cost initiatives like data warehousing. Do not be afraid to play the “disaster card” by letting the decision-makers know how unforeseen disasters could wreak havoc on the company and how additional funding can help with disaster recovery. And finally, do not give up, be persistent, and let your thoughts be heard. Learn More →

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