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What's Your Job Title?

As I travel and visit DBAs from around the United States, I am always surprised at the job titles DBA have. Rarely is their official job title "DBA." Some are Data Analysts, Data Architects, System Administrators, IT Specialists, Developers, and on the rare occasion, Database Administrator.

So, for fun, I would like to hear from you, telling us what your job title is. Besides telling us about your title, tell us about your most common job duties. I think we would all be interested in learning more about what other DBAs do.

To start off, I'll begin with myself. Although I am a DBA by profession, my job title is "Director of DBA Education" for Red Gate Software. (At least DBA is included in the title.) My job duties include, but are not limited to:

  • I manage the databases used for the SQLServerCentral, Simple-Talk, and Red Gate Software websites. I really do DBA work.  ;-)
  • I work with Red Gate Software Product Managers to help develop new products and improve current products.
  • I work with Red Gate Marketing Managers to help them better understand the inner workings of the mind of the average DBA.
  • I write a lot of blog entries, articles, and e-books, helping DBAs to keep up with the latest in DBA technology.
  • And my favorite activity, I speak at user groups, Code Camps, TechFests, and conferences, teaching DBAs how to become better at their job.

So let's hear from you. Tell us what your job title is, and what your key job duties are.



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Posted by Hugo Shebbeare, SQL Server DBA , UNESCO-United Nations Institute of Statistics, Intellabase Solutions principal on 17 October 2008

Microsoft SQL Server DBA

SQL Server 2000-2008 migration for the UN's stat.s dept here in Montreal.

Before the migration there is a load of performance benchmarking, testing, documentation from three sources - DTSdoc, SQLdoc, and the usual script generation.

Detaching and reattaching databases, changing the compatibility level, updating stats and analysing the changes that were made to the code thanks to DataCompare.

Assesing the security and database access with the focus on the principle of least priv.s  Make sure no generic accounts that exist with weak passwords - Idera's SQL Admin toolset password verifier helps.

Running the two systems (200-2008) to see how the performance has changed (well, new hardware is helping of course, but execution plans and tracing when necessary).

Taking advantage of the new SQL 2008 features, with

priority given to what Brad has mentioned in his book.

Developing the database with dummy data on my test machine to profit from SSD speeds - interested to see how much better or worse it compares to SCSI.

Reading up on sqlblog, this site and others to keep up with things before I takle my next exam - or when I have to re-do 70(1)-450:)

Adding best practices in FR or EN to the DatabaseHive.blogspot.com

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