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Azure certification for SQL DBA


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Hello,

I know this is an off topic post, but please help me out.

I am a sql server dba with 10 years exp. I wanted to expand my skillset as I find that the sql DBA scope is getting narrower.
I am thinking of doing Azure certification, but i am not sure if that is the right career path for a DBA.

Please help me with suggestions in the right direction in this regard.

Thanks
T
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tauseef.jan (10/30/2016)
Hello,

I know this is an off topic post, but please help me out.

I am a sql server dba with 10 years exp. I wanted to expand my skillset as I find that the sql DBA scope is getting narrower.
I am thinking of doing Azure certification, but i am not sure if that is the right career path for a DBA.

Please help me with suggestions in the right direction in this regard.

Thanks
T


What is it that you think a DBA does or should be doing?

--Jeff Moden

RBAR is pronounced ree-bar and is a Modenism for Row-By-Agonizing-Row.
First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
Stop thinking about what you want to do to a row... think, instead, of what you want to do to a column.
If you think its expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur. -- Red Adair

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hi,
maybe i did not make myself clear. I wanted to ask that is 70-533 (implementing and deploying azure ) the right career path to take

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tauseef.jan (10/30/2016)
hi,
maybe i did not make myself clear. I wanted to ask that is 70-533 (implementing and deploying azure ) the right career path to take

T


Understood and you made yourself clear. I'm asking what you think a DBA actually does before I try to answer your question. The reason I want to know is (for example), I've done nothing with Azure but get 1-4 calls from recruiters every week.

--Jeff Moden

RBAR is pronounced ree-bar and is a Modenism for Row-By-Agonizing-Row.
First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
Stop thinking about what you want to do to a row... think, instead, of what you want to do to a column.
If you think its expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur. -- Red Adair

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hi,
As a DBA I am involved with devising and implementing backup/restore plans, HA/DR solutions, migrating of servers, performance tuning etc.
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tauseef.jan (10/30/2016)
I am thinking of doing Azure certification, but i am not sure if that is the right career path for a DBA.


Up to you. You can look at the cloud side, you can look at the dev side, you can look at the BI side, you can look at the machine learning side, etc. I generally recommend that people get a broad understanding of what's around their field, if for no other reason than when someone comes and asks about 'technology X', you can give them a high level view and you know where to get more information.

Personally, I would say that getting at least familiar with the Cloud side of the DB business is important, you'll likely get inquiries about whether to move databases to one cloud or another, whether to implement new systems in one cloud or another or earthed, about what features of the vendors cloud offerings will be of use to the business (and there are a lot of features and offerings).

On the Azure side, MS has made it clear that they're working cloud-first, new features go into Azure and later into the earthed SQL product (and there are some nice new features coming)

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tauseef.jan (10/30/2016)
hi,
As a DBA I am involved with devising and implementing backup/restore plans, HA/DR solutions, migrating of servers, performance tuning etc.


I have to agree with Gail and, in that vein and based on what you've been doing, it would be very worthwhile to take the 70-533 course. I'll also state that if you get really good at T-SQL and indexing so really sharpen your skills in the performance-tuning area, then you'll 1) not have much of a problem with your career at all (especially if you can mentor others you work with) and 2) it'll help you in many other areas that also touch on (sometimes lean on) T-SQL.

--Jeff Moden

RBAR is pronounced ree-bar and is a Modenism for Row-By-Agonizing-Row.
First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
Stop thinking about what you want to do to a row... think, instead, of what you want to do to a column.
If you think its expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur. -- Red Adair

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How to post code problems
How to post performance problems
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tauseef.jan (10/30/2016)
hi,
maybe i did not make myself clear. I wanted to ask that is 70-533 (implementing and deploying azure ) the right career path to take


I haven't taken the exam, but I recently attended the related 5 day course (Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions) , and in all that time we probably spent about 20 minutes on database-related tasks. It's not a database certification. That's not to say there's no value in it, but I thought you should know before you get too far down the line.
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Thanks a lot gentlemen. I really appreciate each one of you for taking out time to answer my query.
I am now looking forward to start and infact have started on 70-533.

Thanks a lot again
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