Jim P. (8/22/2013)
But they would never let me sanitize the Production DB to test or develop with.
And Jim this is a challenge I face as well, and probably many others.
The confidentiality of the data is seen to be so high that many believe that it should not be replicated, or the physical resources to do it are not seen as too valuable and a waste of space. The problem with this lack of insight and strategy is limiting to those who would like efficiency and a better user experience. And to them the amount of time spent waiting is not an issue as long as they believe the data is safe and the resources as limited as they can be.
Little do these folks realize that a 1 minute wait over 25k transactions a week, or other like metric will add up to a fill salary every month this is foolishness is allowed to continue. And they also do not realize is that any DBA who has the needed password has full access to every bit of data in the system and that the security of that data is already at the mercy of the DBA.
These same people would never let a person tune their car or repair their house without needed testing like doing it on the best guess. They would be horrified to know that their plummer just took their best guess at what was wrong and what was needed to make the water flow at an acceptable rate and thus ended up with a bill of 10k. They want the real testing and real estimate when it involves their money but who knows what drives them when they spend the companies cash.
<End Friday Rant #1>
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