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An Insider's Guide to Modern Database Management Trends

on 10/18/19 3:34 PM By | ManageForce | 0 Comments | Database Database Management Database Administration
Is there anything worse than finding out everyone else knew something before you did? No one likes being out of the loop. And in the case of database management, the things your database administrators (DBAs) don’t know can be bad news for your business-critical IT and your organization as a whole. That’s why DBAs must stay on top of emerging database management trends — or they run the risk of falling behind on critical technological and tactical industry updates.  
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Do You Really Need a Full-Time DBA?

“In life, change is inevitable. In business, change is vital.” ~ Warren G Bennis Have you asked yourself this question, “Are my current database management needs the same as they were five years ago?” As the industry evolves over time, the needs of your business transform as well. If you haven’t evaluated your database management support requirements in some time, it’s likely your organization’s needs have changed. When it comes to managing your enterprise database system, what works for one company may not always work for another; and what may be best suited for your business at one point in time, may not always be the best fit in the long run. This includes factors outside of your organization that may have changed (i.e. technological shifts, new platform offerings, product/service choices, etc.). This is why it’s important to assess where you currently stand with your database management support strategy, and if necessary, make those changes that will lead your organization towards growth and success. 
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Does Your Business Have These 3 Critical Database Management Skills?

on 8/16/19 3:27 PM By | Ray Gau | 0 Comments | Managed Services Database Database Management
Being the heart of your business, your databases house all the critical data of your entire organization; so it’s imperative to keep them well-managed by having the right database management skills.  If there are missteps or holes in your database management, these can have a detrimental impact on your entire business. Well-organized and efficiently-run databases are crucial to your daily operations, as well as to the future growth and overall success of your organization.  
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How to Plan an Efficient Microsoft Access to SQL Server Upgrade

on 5/16/19 2:01 PM By | John Hughes | 1 Comment | Database Database Management SQL Server
If you are using the Microsoft Access database management system, your demands will likely outpace both its capacity and computational limits. Handling these hurdles (hopefully with the right database support solution) before they become problems will be critical to keeping your databases running smoothly. You and your team may have identified inefficiencies or performance issues and determined your database is, or will soon be, ready for an upgrade. Just as your business quickly outgrew those handy Excel spreadsheets, your database is now slowing down and taking up more and more of your precious IT resources. If you fit this description, it’s probably time to transition to Microsoft SQL Server, either locally or in the cloud.
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How Managed Services Can Transform your Database Management Strategy

on 3/27/19 11:39 AM By | John Hughes | 0 Comments | Database Management
Database management is an important responsibility of any business, yet it’s one that often gets overlooked or handed off to a team member who knows just enough to keep things running (the accidental DBA). Unfortunately, in such cases, the “return” on a lack of investment in this important responsibility can be catastrophic. The impact of an under-qualified database management solution typically shows up in the form of unexpected downtime, a costly situation to say the least.
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Busting Myths About the Remote DBA

on 3/18/19 9:47 AM By | ManageForce | 0 Comments | Database Management Database Administration Remote DBA
Using remote support for database administration may seem like a scary prospect. What happens if something goes down? Will you be able to reach them? Would an in-house database administrator (DBA) be able to help be faster? There are a lot of questions to be sure.
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Lost Your DBA? Here’s Your New DBA Replacement Strategy

on 3/12/19 1:09 PM By | John Hughes | 0 Comments | Database Management Remote DBA
Employee turnover is to be expected with any business, but it can be particularly disruptive when it comes to your IT team. For instance, if your database administrator (DBA) leaves, it won’t be long until your IT team feels stretched assuming the role of accidental DBA — picking up their tasks until a strong replacement is found and brought up to speed.
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4 Signs You’re Finally Ready for a Remote DBA

on 2/25/19 9:42 AM By | John Hughes | 0 Comments | Database Management Remote DBA
If you’ve ever been told, “because that’s the way it’s always been done,” you know that’s the kiss of death for innovation. Yet, that’s the very reason so many organizations are stuck with sub-par database management solutions that either stretch IT resources too thin or rely on under-qualified staff (e.g. an accidental DBA) to manage this critical technology. In this day and age of constant digital transformation, the excuses to not have a solid support solution for your SQL Server, Oracle, or MySQL databases are dwindling.
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AWS Provides A Full Managed Offering For Relational Databases?

on 2/22/19 9:13 AM By | ManageForce | 0 Comments | Database Management AWS
There’s always a certain level of stress where database management is concerned, but moving those databases to the cloud takes things to a whole new level. There’s a lot to consider — Which cloud? What workload(s) will you be moving? What’s your strategy for maintaining the same (or better) security in this new environment? How will you backup your system? — and each of these questions will lead to dozens others.
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How to Avoid an Accidental DBA Pitfall

The “Accidental DBA” is a database management pitfall we’ve covered before, but it’s one we see all too often and bears repeating. The name itself speaks to less-than-ideal database management circumstances. Picture this: An under-qualified IT team member (through no fault of their own) is left with the charge of managing the company’s most critical data, simply because they have the most bandwidth (probably not enough) and a “good enough” database management knowledge base (but far from being an expert). While this solution may keep things running for the most part, your databases deserve (and need) more than “good enough.”
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