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4 Signs You’re Finally Ready for a Remote DBA

Posted by John Hughes | 2/25/19 9:42 AM

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.

For companies who aren’t able to have an in-house database administrator (DBA), remote DBA support, like that provided by a managed services provider, has become a common and effective solution to not only make sure databases are kept up and running, but also to find opportunities to optimize processes to benefit all end users.

Still not sure if it’s time to make the leap? Be aware of these tell-tale signs you’re overdue for a DBA upgrade:

Your database to-do list keeps getting longer.

From upgrades to customizations to reporting, the work of database maintenance and management is almost never done. Not to mention, your databases need constant monitoring and protection. So, if you’re using internal IT resources to cover this critical technology, they’re either stuck spending most (if not all) of their time on this one piece of your business or aren’t able to give it the time it needs. Neither is an ideal situation.

Remote DBA support can take care of both the routine processes and explore new ways to improve your database solutions. Even better, your IT team will be free to focus on more strategic projects to keep your business innovating and moving forward.

You are struggling to find quality database professionals to manage your Oracle, SQL Server, or MySQL database environments internally.

No matter which database management system you’re using, it’s crucial that your admin knows the environment inside and out. This is a space where experience is key. But when having an in-house full-time DBA isn’t an option, these are tasks that frequently get handed off to whoever has the most time or experience with database management. Unfortunately the individual to which that responsibility falls (the dreaded accidental DBA) doesn’t always have enough experience to keep those databases running at their best.

By partnering with an experienced managed service provider, you get access to not just one experienced DBA, but a whole team of senior-level database professionals focused on your database environments 24/7/365 (not to mention more extensive tools, best practices, and processes). By rightsourcing your database management with remote DBA support from a managed service provider, you’re not only freeing up your IT to focus on other projects, you’re bringing in a whole new database perspective.

Your database end users could benefit from a help desk.

Full database administrative duties go beyond keeping the databases running. You need to make sure they’re working for those who actually rely on the applications running on your databases every day to keep your business moving forward. If you’re getting by with an accidental DBA, they likely don’t have the bandwidth, let alone the expertise to field the ongoing collection of end user inquiries.

Remote DBA support, particularly that’s provided by a managed services provider, can help you not only manage your databases, but also arm your team to get the most from those databases. After all, a well run database doesn’t mean much if your team doesn’t know how to best use it.

You’re ready to make the most of your database investments.

Showing the full value of proper database management can be just as challenging as the management of those databases themselves. Balancing that investment with the return can be even more difficult. That’s why we did the math for you in this Database ROI resource doc. Get your copy here:

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Topics: Database Management, Remote DBA

Written by John Hughes


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