Monday, September 22, 2008
Changing Role of the DBA
The role of the Oracle DBA is continuing to evolve. If you look at the Oracle Open World conference anybody that is looking can see this change. The fundamental skills of the "traditional" DBA that knew administration, performance tuning and backup and recovery is not going to be enough for an Oracle DBA to stay highly marketable in the future. Another bad thing about having just the traditional skills is that those skills are the easiest to offshore.
Steve Lemme has been one of the leaders in the Oracle community discussing the evolving role of the DBA and how automation is going to also change the role of a DBA. Here is one link to look at: http::/eyeonoracle.blogs.techtarget.com/2007/04/16/can-oracle-dbas-survive-automation/#comment-12549
Increasing your marketability as an Oracle DBA
So I'm always being asked what areas should a DBA be looking at. I then answer with "it depends". To be successful in any area, you have to have a passion for what you are working on. So I'm going to give my perspective on areas to be looking at if you want to stay marketable, and increase your salary.
- I love what I do and I want to keep doing it! "The Technical Track" - Oracle environments are getting more and more complex. Specializing in Oracle RAC, Data Guard, Streams, OEM and managing VLDBs is an area that is continuing to increase. These additional areas are not anything special. More and more companies are going to require DBAs have skills in some of these areas.
- Show me the money! "The Money Track" - There is going to be an every increasing demand for DBAs that understand areas like Essbase, BI, OLAP, Hyperion, Stellant. Specializing in these areas is going to return you to the golden days of the dot com period. When DBA bill rates were very high and top DBAs could tell companies the salary they wanted.
- Give me Fusion or give me death. "Fusion Track" - When Oracle Fusion Applications start to gain momentum there is going to be an enormous demand for DBAs that can support Oracle applications as well as DBAs that can manage multiple tiers of an Oracle infrastructure that includes the middle-tier.