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What You Do

If we think about the role of a Database Administrator many of the tasks that we are responsible for can seam mundane and almost repetitive. The tasks need to be completed but there is no glory or recognition. Typically, people want to be involved in high profile projects where there is an opportunity to be visible so that others can see what they are working on. I sometimes think that the biggest compliment to a DBA is when someone asks ‘What is it you do here?’ What this question means is that all of the databases that you mange have not had an outage. Often it is only when there is a disaster of some form or another that an organisation turns to the DBA. If all the correct measures were in place then often the disaster would not occur in the first place. So next time someone asks what it is you do, you should respond, ‘It is not what I do, but what I do that allows you to do’.
– Peter Ward


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