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RE: DBA place in the business

From: O'Neill, Sean <>
Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2002 05:13:19 -0800
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Hi Peter,

FWIW, in our org (pharmaceutical manufacturing) the DBA role sits in the Information Technology section of the Business Systems & Information Technology Department. Senior DBA reports to IT Manager who in turn reports to Chief Information Officer (CIO). The CIO is a senior manager who reports to the the General Manager.

I have quite a detailed formal job description for the DBA role too. Let me know if you'd like a copy.

Seán O' Neill
Organon (Ireland) Ltd.
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>> From: "Robson, Peter" <>
>> Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2002 09:18:13 +0100
>> Subject: DBA place in the business (was RE: DBA work load)
>>I've found the thread on DBA workload valuable and interesting. It
>>points made repeatedly over the past years, basically the highly variable
>>nature of the job.
>>This variability is giving us a small problem. Our dba work (shared
>>two of us) tends to function in the background, and of course because we
>>it so damn well (!!), our impact on the running of the organisation is
>>pretty low. Kind of 'reverse exception' effect, if you will.
>>There is now a desire to formalise the role of the dba function within the
>>organisation, and nobody has the first idea of how to define, in an
>>organisational / structural sense just how the dba role slots in. I'm
>>talking about organsiational charts, herarchies etc, that sort of thing.
>>just across the org, but particularly within the IT domain too.
>>Specifically, dba impacts from the low-level hardware side, right up to
>>application development, with everything in between. And that already
>>several existing lines of management responsibility. Our problem has added
>>spice as we are (trying) to operate a matrix management system, which
>>repeatedly throws up intriguing political dimensions.
>>Anybody ever been down this particular route?
>>Any thoughts much appreciated,

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