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.
Here's Where an Experienced DBA Comes In
Modern database administration requires a deep knowledge of the business, its data flow, and how its either fed or strained—i.e., filtered—through complex processes, and finally applied by real people that make strategic decisions. Those decisions are based on the information stemming from accurate, consistent data collection.
At the junction between the data and the strategies it creates, a successful DBA knows how to keep everything moving smoothly and connected properly. The best DBA isn't your regular IT jack-of-all-trades, troubleshooter, and low-level resident database guru. To get an idea of the typical qualifications and experience level of a functional DBA, check out some examples on LinkedIn. The professional profiles chronicle many years of experience, education, and skills. Experienced DBAs are a huge asset to your team.
Plus, the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook lists the typical entry-level education required for DBAs as at least a Bachelor's degree, with a median salary of just over $80,000 a year. They are experts in high demand and don't come cheap, but having their support is invaluable.
The Cloud to The Rescue
The cloud provides flexible access to the best IT products and support staff. It has none of the costs of capital investment and ongoing maintenance, R&D, etc., to keep up with the changing business environment. Just like you can scale your ERP service and pay for only what you need, you can also get support as needed from an experienced remote DBA as part of a package deal for database support.
Say your database is resting comfortably in a private cloud configuration. The good news is that your IT staff isn't always running down hardware problems. This is especially true if you have taken some of your server load and virtualized it on the cloud as well. Having done that, you still need a savvy DBA.
5 Reasons To Get Support From a Remote DBA
1. Your database is interconnected; that is, it is relational.
Retrofitting or upgrading a database can be fraught with enormous problems. Consolidating or downsizing a business, for example, requires someone who can bring in the new or archive the old without disrupting the current operation. A successful DBA understands the intricacies of data dependencies and how to plan/execute accordingly.
2. Your database meets your specific business needs.
Yes, your applications are in place, but an experienced DBA knows how to configure a database to an organization's needs. This includes arcane things like the optimal size of a block, reading and writing chunks of data, and why setting parameters for parallel processing operations speeds up the process.
3. Your database needs constant monitoring and protection
When your applications are running, you need the DBA on and alert to monitor their performance and diagnose potential access and query performance. Likewise, your database can store enormous volumes of proprietary and confidential personal data. Database security practices must stay two steps ahead of hackers and crooks, and your DBA is the sheriff on station.
4. Database users and business planners need a help desk
Database development and functional support operates in tandem with the "good ideas" of your managers, marketers, and IT staff. What the former two want to hear from the IT staff is, "Yes, we can do that."
What the IT staff needs is a DBA knowledgeable in both the databases and the applications they run on. If the DBA is properly integrated as part of a help desk team, they become a virtual IT department, but without the overhead costs. An experienced, remote DBA is essential to getting the most out of your applications, and without the heavy cost of having a full-time DBA on staff.
5. Your database needs to be anchored in the present but ready for the future
As mentioned in our eBook Managing the Modern Database, optimizing operations depends on applying the right practices for today’s modern, complex database environments:
- Integration will remain the watchword. Data-intensive business applications—like ERP systems—continue in place for now. But be ready for a need to integrate your data into exciting new SaaS services and other software to keep up with your competitors.
- Performance will continue to be everything. If you're having application performance issues, the database is likely the culprit. Having a quality DBA at hand can smoke out the nasty bottlenecks in your code and architecture. If your application is linked to revenue…well, you know the bottom line here.
- Your customers are in control. Be ready to compete in an ever-growing market where customers do comparison-shopping and research. If you intend to latch on to technology that gathers customer behavior trends, expect to wade through unstructured data.
- Your DBA looks over the horizon. Reliance on the exploding mobile computing and the so-called "digital experience" will mean tapping into the "digital experience" of "big data." A quality, remote DBA can help with advice on how to invest and take advantage of the emerging technology.
ManageForce Can Be Your Winning, Remote DBA
There are other reasons why you need a quality DBA, and they all include the precept that, for the end-user, good database management is more about what applications and databases can do, rather than how it’s done.
That's where we come in. We'll connect the "what" with the "how" and be your forward-thinking DBA. We're ready to help. Just reach out and let us know how we can help in administering your Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, or MySQL database. Get quality support from an experienced team that helps you “Cover Your Apps.”