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Solutions for Managing the Modern Database: The Challenges of an Accidental DBA

on 6/19/18 9:43 AM By | ManageForce | 0 Comments | Database Management Database Administration Remote DBA
Putting a number on the full value of having a great Database Administrator (DBA) would be a nearly impossible task, to say the least. This role is responsible for not only managing the data that keeps your business up and running, but finding ways to truly optimize those systems to help your business thrive.
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Get Your Databases in the Cloud Already

Technology is moving at a rip-roaring rate with advances being made every minute, accelerating and simplifying processes, however, not everyone is keeping up. Whether you’re still managing your Oracle, SQL Server, or NoSQL databases on premise, or making do with skill gaps in your IT department, the time has come to take a long, hard look at how you’re managing your databases.
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3 Database Management Mistakes to Stop Repeating

on 1/31/17 4:31 PM By | Dan Ryan | 0 Comments | Database Database Management Remote DBA
No one ever said managing a database was easy. Last week we covered several steps that are often overlooked in database administration, this week we’re turning our attention to common database management missteps.
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Who’s Watching the Shop this Holiday Season?

on 11/21/16 11:34 AM By | Mike Williams | 0 Comments | Remote DBA Database Administration Database Management
‘Tis definitely the season for good cheer, good fun, and vacation days. But while you and your IT staff are enjoying family, friends, and turkey, who’s keeping an eye on key business processes and services?
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How Can a Remote DBA Get To Know Our Business Like We Do?

on 5/4/16 7:00 AM By | John Hughes | 0 Comments | Remote DBA
How can a managed service provider and their remote resources get to know our business as well as we do? Lots of potential clients understandably ask this question. How can an outsourced team possibly understand our environment as good as we do? That’s a fair question. But, the best, the absolute best, managed service providers won’t flinch at this question.
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5 Reasons Why You Need An Experienced Remote DBA

on 3/17/16 11:30 AM By | John Hughes | 0 Comments | Database Management Remote DBA Database Administration
Whether your database is in the cloud or not, it’s the backbone of your ERP suite. In that light, you need an excellent DBA to keep everything running right. The abbreviation DBA does double duty here, and for the purpose of this discussion it stands for "database administrator." Its other well-known legal connotation is "doing-business-as." So, at the risk of torturing a pun, let's say that your database does its business by helping you do your business. Your business relies on database management because it meshes in with everything you do. Technology is at the heart of your enterprise; your operations are dependent on the applications you use, and the performance and reliability of these business-critical apps completely depend on the databases that support them.
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How to Shrink and Compress Data in SQL Server

on 3/3/16 1:30 PM By | John Hughes | 0 Comments | Remote DBA SQL Server Database Administration
If your SQL database is the back end or foundation of your ERP, then applications are your business’s engine powered by its fuel. Your database is like a warehouse crammed with irreplaceable business history, intelligence, and the ingredients for business continuity. Yes, you need to keep your operation in shape and agile, so like the rest of your business, you must "right-size" your database. Right-sizing is the planning process that goes into the preliminary database design. You may have transitioned from Excel spreadsheets to the MS Access database because your spreadsheets became so deep and wide that you couldn't see all the trees in the forest. Databases are deep, but they must be kept as narrow as possible through sensible design. There are lots of great tactics to apply to keep databases agile and efficient. For example, an Access database text field can hold as many as 255 characters. So, if you're designing a table with a 255-character field that will never hold more than 20 characters, your database will eventually become unnecessarily fat and slow.
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8 Reasons to Outsource Your DBA Support

on 12/18/15 1:41 PM By | John Hughes | 0 Comments | Remote DBA Database Administration Managed Services
Many IT leaders have had that difficult discussion of whether outsourcing DBA support is beneficial or not. I mean, you already have plenty of capable resources for in-house DBA support, and is it really viable to bring in an external resource that is not familiar with your environment?  
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An Eye-opening Comparison of Administration Options for Database Systems

on 10/26/15 10:17 AM By | ManageForce | 0 Comments | Remote DBA Database Administration
What is the true value of a specialized team of Database Administration (DBA) experts? How does this team stack up against an in-house generalist?   We want you to get the best performance out of your database system so we've put together an eye opening infographic that demonstrates just what you may be leaving on the table by going "in-house."  
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15 Reasons to Rethink Your DBA Management Strategy

on 10/7/15 7:00 AM By | John Hughes | 0 Comments | Remote DBA Database Administration
Traditionally, database management has followed a distinct system within organizations. Data was produced from transaction systems, then managed, stored, and secured within relational database management systems, with reports created and delivered within the specifications of business decision makers.  
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