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The Benefits of Having a “Liberated” DBA

Author: John Kaufling | | March 28, 2017

When managed services for database administration are implemented in any company with lots of data to manage, on-staff DBAs can now minimize their involvement in such traditional tasks as installation, configuration, and troubleshooting, and take on more value-added roles within the organization. The recently released white paper from Datavail, DBA Superpowers Unleashed: How Managed Services Empower Your Team, discusses the benefits of managed services, the new roles DBAs can take on when these services are leveraged, and how a company can help make the transition to this new, more strategic DBA role. In this blog post, we’ll give you a brief overview of four of the eight examples from the white paper that demonstrate new ways DBAs can contribute to a company that has taken advantage of the benefits of managed services.

1)     Data Analysis and Recommendations

The post-managed services DBA has the resources to analyze data and makes informed recommendations relating to performance, maintainability, efficiency and other factors that affect data storage. The DBA can also work closely with the application development teams that implement the schema and advise them appropriately.

2)     Advising, Planning, and Designing

Full-time DBAs can offer professional advice on cloud services that best suit their needs from many available options, as well as plan and design applications and data for the cloud. They can help ensure these applications are optimized, reliable, and easily scalable on demand. With their range of skills, DBAs can even design databases and engage in other various activities based on the platforms the client’s database hosts.

3)     Software and Cloud Services Evaluation

A good DBA already has a solid understanding of database and cloud technologies and is able to test and analyze data and applications on the different cloud service platforms. This enables him or her to make informed and sound recommendations relating to the performance and efficiency of each specific cloud service. A DBA advising on schema design and its impact on performance, maintainability, and other factors can be incredibly valuable to the development and management team.

4)     Advising and Supporting Developers

Getting the best performance out of cloud DBMS systems requires a deep understanding of their inner workings. DBAs already cope with myriad new technologies; they are the optimal choice to assist in the installation, configuration, and testing of software, and to determine if the functionality with the cloud DBMS works as expected.

To see all eight suggestions as well as a step-by-step plan for helping your DBA adjust to their new role, download the white paper or contact Datavail today. With more than 850 DBAs, analysts, and developers, Datavail is a reliable provider of 24×7 managed services for applications, BI/Analytics, and databases. Datavail can support your organization, regardless of the build you’ve selected.

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