5. Improve response time. In government, maybe even more so than in most institutions, time is of the essence. People do not care how something gets done, so long as it gets done on time. In cases like these, it may be prudent for DBAs to investigate technology that automatically analyzes database performance. These solutions can identify potential performance problems in real time, allowing DBAs to quickly fix them.
The role of the federal DBA will not downsize and it is more likely to expect it to grow as agencies become even more data dependent and continue to add systems. Having that small amount of working knowledge, however, can work wonders toward helping accidental DBAs avoid major mishaps.
Thomas LaRock is senior database administrator and technical evangelist at SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software
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