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Monday Coffee: The evolving DBA

Over the weekend I saw a few tweets about the role of the DBA. These tweets (and corresponding blog posts) come around once every so often and are generally along the lines of “Is the DBA role dead?” (or something to that ilk).

Here’s my two cents on the matter, the DBA role is nor ever will be dead.

However that doesn’t mean that I don’t think the role will change. It’s definitely changing, DBA roles twenty years from now will be very different just as DBA roles twenty years ago are very different to what they are now.

And that’s a good thing right? Who wants to be doing exactly the same thing for their entire careers?

I think DBAs are probably one of the best IT roles to cope with change. We have to learn a broad spectrum of skills, from system administration to database development which allows us to move into other areas as focuses change.

With all the new technologies that are coming out we have options to specialise in Data Science or even say, Linux administration as our priorities shift away from the traditional backup/restore, query tuning etc. tasks.

I personally think it’s the most exciting time to be a DBA and I look forward to the changes of my role continuing.

Have a good week!


The DBA Who Came In From The Cold

I’m Andrew Pruski and I am a SQL Server DBA with 5 years experience in database development and administration.

The online SQL Server community has helped me out immensely throughout my career, whether from providing reference material in blog posts, or answering my (sometimes obscure) questions on forums. So, to try and say thank you, I would like to contribute my own experiences in the hope that they could benefit someone out there.

So here’s my general ramblings and thoughts about working as a SQL Server DBA.

You can find me on twitter @DBAFromTheCold

If you have any feedback on my blog please send me an email to dbafromthecold@gmail.com.

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