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DBTA - Does the Looming Shortage in DBAs Spell Opportunity?

Originally appearing in my monthly column at Database Trends & Applications magazine. 

In my last column, available online, I described some of the findings contained in an intriguing new survey sponsored by Ntirety, a remote database administration service provider, and published by Unisphere Research. You can read the full survey with analysis at HERE.

One of the most startling and significant responses in the survey showed that 41% of data professionals intend to leave the field within the next 10 years. In that article, I also covered some of the broader industry growth and hiring trends along with an analysis of the survey itself. Today, I want dive into the survey findings from the viewpoint of the DBA job seeker.

Read the rest of this article at HERE.


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Published Wednesday, July 22, 2015 8:00 AM by KKline

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Greg Low said:

I suppose the big question is whether a role like the current DBA role will even exist in 10 years anyway.

So many DBAs that I see today are totally focussed on low-level management, I/O, backup/restore, HA management, etc. tasks. I can't see that being much of a job in 10 years time. In most cases, these will be seen as roles for the hosting company, likely to be a cloud provider.

However, those that get serious about database development and tuning of applications (not of the hardware systems) have a bright future. And I suspect that the age demographic in these areas is less skewed.

This is why I want the SQL Server team to focus their efforts on the usefulness of SQL Server as a development platform, rather than endless focus on features that won't be relevant to anyone outside the hosting companies.

July 22, 2015 7:45 PM

KKline said:

Very insightful, Greg, as always. You're point about database development and application tuning is spot-on. Those specialties will -always- be in demand. The trials and travails of the low-level trench work are what cloud and hosting providers are trying to turn into utility services.

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Kevin Kline is a well-known database industry expert, author, and speaker. Kevin is a long-time Microsoft MVP and was one of the founders of PASS,

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