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The accidental DBA [database administrator].

Today’s database administrators (DBAs) have responsibilities that go far beyond their traditional role of data custodian, but are they up for the challenge?

25% of DBAs [database administrators] surveyed were not formally training for their DBA career. And this number is growing.

15% of DBA [database administrator] employment is projected to grow faster than the average of all occupations from 2012 to 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

#1 DBA [database administrator] ranked as the top career for happiness in 2014, according to CareerBliss.

Happy, but busy.

DBAs [database administrators] spend the bulk of their day on: 60% addressing performance issues, 25% troubleshooting database issues, 8% security, 5% install and configuration, and 2% backup and recovery.

Dividing time. They split their time working across multiple database environments: 94% SQL Server, 34% Oracle, 18% DB2, 11.5% Sybase, 5.5% Informix, and 25.5% other

Evolving roles. As data demands continue to skyrocket, many are given responsibilities that fall outside their job function: (1) 60% do six or more tasks daily outside their job description. (2) 24% as a result, DBAs [database administrators] spend two or more hours a day researching how-to’s for new and difficult tasks. (3) 15% do 20 or more tasks daily outside their job description.

Seizing the opportunity. So how can DBAs [database administrators] be better prepared for their evolving careers and add more value to the business? (1) Do not be afraid to say no to directives that are not in the best interest of the data. (2) Understand the business. (3) Be an advocate of your department and organization. (4) Manage up and across. (5) Use data to justify decisions. (6) Move from manual to automated. (7) Become a generalist.

Data is more important than ever to business success. In fact, data is the key asset to many modern businesses. It is time for DBAs [database administrators] to step up and seize this new-found opportunity to grab a seat at the table.


The Accidental DBA

Data is more important than ever to business success. As data demands continue to skyrocket, many DBAs are given responsibilities that fall outside their Job function. The accidental DBAs are becoming more prevalent as traditional database administrators roles evolve and DBAs are required to take on more diverse tasks. It's time for DBAs to step up and seize this new-found opportunity.

In this infographic, you'll learn how DBAs are dividing their time working across multiple database environments such as SQL Server, Oracle, DB2, Sybase, Informix and how they can be better prepared for their evolving careers and be able to add more value to the business. Learn More →

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