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Steve Jones
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I am a dev, not a DBA. My observation of the DBA side of things is limited to the Microsoft cloud which encompasses Azure (or what was formerly known as Azure), Cosmos, Office 365 and few others. Thanks to Autopilot, each DBA can manage thousands of servers.

Are there fewer DBAs?

No - the Cloud now has over 100k servers and is growing fast. Autopilot allows DBAs to handle the growth, but so far as I know it did not make anybody redundant.
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I'm interested to know what would be considered a "hard part" of the job.
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There is a echo in the world of technology and you have to adjust to it. The echo says "The newest technology will cause a huge reduction in the number of IT people!" Every few years this rings out and those who pay the IT bill pray it is true, and the planners start planning, and budget analysts start analyzing the budget. And they call the IT people to write more systems to support the planning and the budgeting and they hire more IT people to determine how much the IT staff will shrink.

One the brighter site, retooling, and refreshing the skills is far better than crystalizing in frozen and forgotten technology that will cause you to become a fossil. Learn something, it is good for your heart, your head, your wage, and your future.

If I was still holding fast in the first skill set I used on the job I would be writing batch COBOL or 360 Assembler. However I knew early on that I would either march forward with technology or stand in the past and watch it fade further and further beyond the horizon.

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I'm interested to know what would be considered a "hard part" of the job.


Tuning queries, designing better databases or models, import/export in custom formats, finding patterns in data, or designing queries that help visualize the information in data for your particular industry. Writing better code.

Things beyond backup, restore, installation, checking logs, setting up alerts. These things are the "easy" parts.

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Steve,

Could I add that one of the real challenges is building meaningful and usable dimensions in OLAP cubes. At times it can drive a person crazy.

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Steve, isn't finding patterns part of the job of business analysts?
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I suspect that databases could become more of a generalists tools

All jobs change best to try and change with it.
I think programming and IT will probably be one of the last areas of work to be automated but automated it will be. The good thing is that it's expanding as quickly as its being automated.
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Steve, isn't finding patterns part of the job of business analysts?


Somewhat, but also the ways in which we look for patterns, adding algorithms or new queries might be considered part of the DBA role. I'd think it was in conjunction with a business person.

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Learning more does not necessarily mean you land great gigs. It has to match your needs and the needs of somewhere who has similar and sometimes yes that is usually a stroke of luck. I am finding out that the inability to travel or take up consulting gigs away from home is a significant obstacle to growth, unfortunately. Wondering if anyone has had that experience.
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