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The Day Never Ends for a Database Administrator

A database administrator, a title often shortened to DBA, is the person responsible for installing, configuring, upgrading, monitoring, maintaining and planning the computer databases within an organization’s direct control. A DBA will also be involved in the design and development of databases for new applications, as well as discussing the related costs with management.

The daily life of a DBA spans the entire 24-hour period. Because a DBA is the one responsible for the continuing operation of computer databases that must be available 24×7, most DBAs set up email, text and messaging alerts within the systems for which they are responsible. These alerts will let a DBA know about emerging problems any hour of the day or night.

Still, the workday of a DBA is tied to the business day. When arriving at work in the morning, the first check is on the overnight log files to see if anything unusual or problematic has happened. If there is a problem, the DBA either goes to work on it or assigns the task to a staff member to handle.

Next, the DBA begins to handle the flood of access requests that go along with database operation. A DBA may be asked to set up new access to a database for a new worker, modify access privileges for a staff member or remove access for a staffer leaving the organization.

A DBA always keeps a eye on the current performance of every database and its systems. Scripts and batch files run in the background of these systems all the time and a DBA must always be ready to respond to any slowdown in database access indicated by the performance metrics received in a flow of continuous online reports. A DBA may also allocate new storage as needed. In addition, a DBA must allow time during the day to install and test database patches and new versions of software.

A DBA will also be a member of specific application development teams, participating in regularly scheduled status meetings. The goal for the DBA is to ensure efficient code is written for the database access modules of the application.

Before heading home for the evening, the DBA must check the setup of overnight database functions, such as data imports and exports, backup, and performance monitoring. Overnight, the DBA may receive an alert and have to connect remotely to fix a problem. The day never really ends.

The Driving Force of IT Trends

Information Technology is perhaps one of the most pursued fields on the job market today. Of course, the diversity this area offers adds to the allure – along with the growing love for all things IT. However, people are wise to look into the current trends affecting the IT field as they have an equal effect on anyone in or joining an IT profession. The good news is the most influential trends ensure the IT field is growing in a good direction.

Salaries on the Rise

In the past, an IT professional’s salary was nothing to laugh at. However, a few years has gone by without any increase in their average salary, their wages seeming to plateau while other professions saw some kind of rise in pay. 2013 brings a welcome change, the current trend leading to an increase of more than two percent to an IT professional’s salary. What does this mean for those interested in the IT field? If one is fortunate enough to gain employment in places like Silicon Valley or NYC, he or she is looking at a six figure annual salary.

Consumerization of IT

The battle to use personal devices at work has gone on since the introduction of iPhones, Smartphones and tablets. Understandably, businesses have resisted this trend in the past because of security issues. Today, companies are beginning to wise up, the current trend to not only allow personal devices but online data storage, online services, social media and more. What is the driving force behind this growing trend? By allowing employees to use their own personal devices, organization enjoy the benefit of employees working from anywhere at any time.

Embracing Information Technology

Businesses embraced technology when they first realized the benefits of software, hardware and the Internet. Yet, companies tended to limit the growth of IT within their business, treating technology like a necessary evil. This is changing, software and hardware expenditures higher than they have been in five years. Interestingly enough, this is not a trend that shows any sign of slowing down, many companies anticipating more software and hardware purchases. Why? It may be that other trends are fueling a need for businesses to fully embrace technology. Perhaps companies are beginning to see the benefits of technology in marketing, security, research and even customer relations. Whatever the reason, the world is evolving quickly and technology is the driving force.