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5 years experienced SQL Server DBA... what next?

Discussion in 'The Lighter Side of Being a DBA' started by sqlwars, May 6, 2010.

  1. sqlwars New Member

    I am a 5 years experienced SQL Server DBA. As soon as I was out of college, I was trained on SQL Server 2000 and pushed into Database Administrations. From user support to production support to operations and finally hardcore SQL stuff. Had a baseline by working @Microsoft for first two years, had the opportunity to work on SQL 2000, 2005 and now 2008, clusters with 6 nodes, installations, migrations, ls, mirroring, not replication though and now query tuning, performance tuning, partitioning. I have only one question in my head.... what next? SQl Azure, the SQL 2012, end of world. What is the difference in 5 years exp SQL DBA and 25 years exp DBA? Its still DBA and from where I am right now, I dont see fun there. I guess, I have done enough of DBA work, i better take a U turn an be a interior decorator or something.
  2. Luis Martin Moderator

    Well, I'm 61 years old and begin in 1970 with big computers in UNIVAC (Now UNISYS) so, no databases, nor DOS, in that time. Only his father nows Bill.
    How old are you? 25-30?. All the future is yours, do what you really love.
  3. venkatesanj@hcl.in New Member

    A very interesting discussion, If you are fed up with you work. Why can't you think about different technologies. Oracle DBA or DBA in open source tech.
    Venkatesan Prabu .J
  4. sqlwars New Member

    <P mce_keep="true">&nbsp;</P><P>@<STRONG>Luis Martin:&nbsp; </STRONG>Thanks... yes I am 26 right now</P><P><STRONG>@<IMG style="BORDER-RIGHT-WIDTH: 0px; BORDER-TOP-WIDTH: 0px; BORDER-BOTTOM-WIDTH: 0px; BORDER-LEFT-WIDTH: 0px" alt="" src="http://sql-server-performance.com/Community/Themes/default/images/user_IsOffline.gif"> venkatesanj:</STRONG>&nbsp; I've to get well versed with SQL first. Oracle isnt a inspiration right now :D</P><P><STRONG>@Staya: </STRONG>Learning different technologies, yes that is a good option. I did try my shot at .net a couple of years back but it didnt work well. So, 18 years as </P><P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; a DBA.&nbsp; how does the work change from when you were at 5 yrs exp. to 18 yrs. exp? love to know the answer. thanks.</P><P mce_keep="true">&nbsp;</P>
  5. ghemant Moderator

    I accept that once it come into "routine" one will fill boring, but, projects and situation makes it more challenging. In my 11 years of experience I have fill that projects that have migration are the most challenging and interesting than setting up new servers. Based on your post what I feel is you have worked mostly on HA, have you explored BI/DW yet? I too haven't had chance to worked more on BI, I would really liked to have my hands on BI area.
    Learning and exploring new areas are way to go ...............
  6. satya Moderator

    SQLWars (don't know your real name)
    Work will change based upon the number of challenges that comes into the path, so you have to keep your eyes OPEN/WIDE, don't get or say work is boring and keep your feeling high to LEARN new technologies in SQL Server, it is an ocean.
  7. satya Moderator

    I have been working as a DBA since last 14 years (out of my 18 years IT exp) and I'm not fed up yet, it is very unique role that you get in IT field which has its importance - same for fire-fighter [:)].
    Don't get bored with what you are doing, just try to fine tune the experience by trying the new technologies and the Data Platform world is very big where you cannot say that you have achieved x or y.
    Hope this helps.

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