I have an organisational question and dilemma I am trying to work through; and would like some advice.
We are notionally a team of 5, though there are two Production/Development Hybrid DBA's and 3 Reports Writers. The Reports Writers are currently reporting to a 'Head of Finance Applications' who's role is being made redundant.
The DBA's report to the Infrastructure Manager, prior to this, we reported to the Development Manager. There is a hands on DBA Manager whom the other DBA's report into.
There seems to be some conflict over who wants us. This place will not entertain a hierarchy split (ie/ 50% Infra and 50% Development). Despite our actual responsibilities being about 45% Dev, 45% Infra/Prod and 10% to the CIO anyway.
Given this, I want to propose that the DBA's report direct to the CIO. Via the DBA Manager. I would also want to officially absorb (as it were) the Report writers. To make us truly a team of 5.
This would solve the current reporting conflict firstly. And give us direct access to management meetings where often times [bad] decisions are made because there is no DBA presence to correct or coerce are more sensible approach.
Where I am stuck is firstly how to propose this, and secondly other than the two things I have mentioned what other benefits there might be that I can use as part of my argument. Of course I'd also like some negatives in case there is something I am not seeing 🙂
Any thoughts or pointers on this?