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Database Administrators (DBA) play a central role in every organization with a significant amount of data that needs to be set up, managed, and maintained. In recent years, the role of DBAs has expanded to work with a variety of technologies such as NoSQL, Data Lakes, SQL, and of course cloud technologies like Azure, Google Cloud, and AWS.

All these not only require knowledge in managing databases but also significant experience in writing queries, providing effective solutions, and fast data research, which will positively affect the reliability, availability, and security of information in any organization.

What is a DBA?

In the information age, various databases have been developed based on different technologies – each “behaves” differently, contains separate connections, and requires its own solutions. The DBA responsible for the database is the expert who manages these platforms behind the scenes, thus ensuring smooth control over the organization’s systems, without performance issues, failures, bugs, and data loss.

For professionals defined as Database Administrators and sometimes also DATAops, there is one clear goal: to create the infrastructure with the best performance for data storage and retrieval. The DBA is responsible for identifying and solving problems quickly, backing up and restoring databases in case of failure, and optimal planning of the database schema, so that queries in the system run smoothly without creating a slowdown that affects the entire organizational work.

Additional aspects in DBA services also refer to coding:

Databases, for example, RDBMS, allow adding logic to the data layer. The DBA is responsible for writing the code that produces the desired connections, whether by themselves or through third-party developers.

In platforms like BigData or NoSQL, the professional steps into the shoes of the Data Engineer and writes processes for extracting and processing information from several sources, transferring it through an optimization process to the organizational database.

In the sought-after cloud scene, which is gaining momentum, the DBA needs to control both the infrastructure side against IT personnel in the organization and the applicative side against the development department.

DBA Services – What exactly do they solve?

Database monitoring 24/7

Full security in the stability and availability of the system, by proactive monitoring of failures and bugs at all hours of the day. The service additionally includes regular maintenance based on active monitoring of the various servers used by the organization.

Performance optimization

Performance and functioning tests, identifying bottlenecks, preparing recommendations for improvement, and implementing them in the organization. DBA services maximize the functioning of the organization’s hardware against system requirements and determine what is the best hardware for the organization’s data (for example, Oracle or MSSQL).

SQL development and improvement

Developing applications that correspond with databases and improving SQL queries in the organization’s systems, developing BI, and building ETL processes alongside producing performance reports and creating effective integration between various components.

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Database installations, tests, and upgrades

Characterization and planning of SQL systems including general server tests, optimization editing, and hardening or alignment according to the organizational need and the requirements of the decision-makers. Organizations with systems like ERP, SAP, or Priority can benefit from ongoing system analyses and improvements.

Information security and remote support

Establishing a security policy that includes implementing Firewalls and encrypting information, implementing maintenance processes including backups, restorations, sorting, and building new indexes, providing support and solving DR problems, building, and managing processes for information resilience and synchronizing data through running SQL queries.

Data capabilities development: CLR development works that expand the database’s skills, creating access against external software and systems, and establishing data traffic interfaces, characterization, and expansion of DWH (Data Warehouse).

Who needs DBA services?

Business data is much more than just a collection of technical information; it’s valuable information in which many resources have been invested and that is supposed to exploit its potential.

  • If your organization suffers from an unorganized, inaccessible, or sufficiently correct database
  • If you need continuous, efficient, and practical use of the information stored in systems and servers
  • When the system’s load is large or expected to grow soon
  • As long as the data is not properly protected and there is a risk to their survival and availability
  • When there is a need to generate smart business insights from the variety of data collected, in a fast and organized way

You need professional DBA services that support the database, manage, monitor, and improve it for you on a regular basis.

What are the benefits of DBA services?

Organizational efficiency

Focusing computing activity on all fronts, creating a clear and organized work infrastructure, and leading to quality interaction between interfaces, departments, partners, and work teams. Nowadays, most organizations prefer to hire the services of a DBA expert externally, which saves on recruiting, training, and direct employment of additional employees.

Long-term economic benefit

Renting a DBA externally is necessarily cheaper than hiring new company employees, but when you have a DBA, the infrastructures, systems, and software with which the business operates will begin to reduce costs. This is because the DBA expert is responsible for identifying the best hardware and system for the organization and builds operational, upgrading, and maintenance processes that save a huge amount of future expenses.

Freeing the teams to work as usual

Instead of the human capital in the organization being flooded up to their necks in various technical problems arising from data loss, crashes, bugs, and misinformation, DBA services allow the organization’s employees to return to their regular work and perform it smoothly and quickly throughout the day.

Achieving a prominent competitive advantage

DBA experts know when it is correct and smart to use different technologies and platforms, which differentiate the organization from its competitors and thus maintain a constant advantage for it. DBA services support your ongoing data from all directions and therefore are expected to create the optimal infrastructure for customers, suppliers, business partners, and more.

What do DBA personnel do?

Information system managers engage in quite dynamic work, which changes according to the size, nature, and requirements of the organization. In large companies, they are responsible for operating and managing the database routinely, classifying permissions, synchronizing between different systems and software, and of course dealing with complex problems. In smaller companies, the DBA may also be involved in development and system roles and focus on efficiency and system upgrades.

The system manager’s working day is quite intensive. He operates against a variety of interfaces, needs to initiate improvement and innovation steps, and often faces unexpected events and loads.

The information systems expert tunes the organization’s performance and optimizes it, maintains the databases, and provides help and solutions as required. In addition, he must recommend to the organization how to streamline its activity or upgrade it and then implement them.

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What skills are required to be a DBA?

Managing databases is indeed a technical role, but one that requires creativity, initiative, and a high level of flexible thinking. In addition, a recognized DBA expert must have a number of characteristics, skills, and attributes that come along with their accumulated experience:

Threshold requirements

Relevant training certificate: DBA course, information systems management course, DevOps, Data Engineer, SQL Server, and of course certificates for managing specific systems and technologies such as Azure Administrator, AWS Solution Architect, GCP (Google Cloud Platform), and more.

Hard skills of a DBA

At the forefront, developing and writing SQL queries, knowledge in installing, operating, and optimizing systems such as Oracle, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, SQL Server, MySQL, DB2, and more. Another important skill is data maintenance which includes using monitoring and alert systems, making backups and restorations, setting permissions, and encryption.

Soft skills of a DBA

The data manager needs to work against people, which requires him to have a good level of communication, perfect availability, and a good professional response to all members of the organization. DBAs work a large part of the time against developers, IT people, and BI, QA, and information security personnel, so their personal and human approach will affect the success of the organization.

Tools and programs that DBAs use

Throughout the day, ongoing optimization of the database and different systems will be carried out, alongside monitoring failures and bugs that may affect the integrity of the information. This work is done against specific DB systems like K8’s, Mongoose, Grafna, Docker, and more.

Types of DBA

There are two main types of DBA expertise:

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  • Infrastructure DBA – Focuses on planning, building, and developing databases, servers, and infrastructures, a role usually performed against IT personnel in the organization and sometimes also classified as a DevOps position.
  • Applicative DBA – The main role is in managing and writing SQL schemas in organizational systems, a role performed against development teams and also classified as Data Engineer.

What is the most important role of the database?

The database is the place where information is stored, controlled by a data management system (DBMS) and needs to be organized in the best way possible so that it can be managed, retrieved, changed, updated, and sorted much information. To do this, they usually use a data query language like SQL.

When the organization collects a massive amount of data, it is clear that each of them can be leveraged to streamline, improve, gain competitive advantages, and expand the activity. Therefore, the database that stores and converts the data into relevant information pieces is a critical component that supports decision-making, growth, and good organizational acceleration.

Why use Porat’s DBA services?

At Porat, we believe in promoting rapid business success through managed DBA services externally – which saves a lot of money for the organization and simultaneously allows it to improve performance powerfully. We specialize in matching the best factor for each organization and provide you with ongoing monitoring, optimization, and support for the database, at the highest level and based on rich professional experience. If you need an excellent DBA expert right now, contact us, and we will be at your service from now on.

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February 29, 2024

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