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Re: Profile of of a DBA - part System Admn / Part Network Admin / Part Web Admin

From: George Barbour <>
Date: Wed, 10 Jul 2002 14:41:47 +0100
Message-ID: <3d2c3978$>

I would like to ask what are the profiles of the manager of the DBA? What does the DBA's manager require in terms of :

    'Management skills' - whatever they are?
    'Technical ability'
    'Oracle knowledge'
    'Business knowledge'
    'Project knowledge'
    'People skills'  - again what ever they are?

If you require an Oracle database for your business then you require a DBA. You could buy a ready made DBA from another company, or, you can make one yourselves.
If you are going to make one yourselves, then find somebody who knows how to learn and solve problems with enthusiasm, e.g. a graduate with one or two university degrees to their name.
Give them a budget for training etc, give them the problem as you see it e.g. 'Please be prepared to manage and administer our business critical system' and then' get out of there way and let them do their job.

To try and define a DBA down to individual work objects is nonsensical.

George Barbour.

"Ora" <> wrote in message
> We had discussion about the profile of a DBA in our Oraganisation.
> Today's DBA has to perform many roles and is expected to expand beyond
> Database only Focus .
> He has to have expertise in atlease one Operating System .
> He should also be fairly conversant with Networking Technologies.
> Additionally Web skills like Web Server , Proxy and Mail server
> Administration knowledge is definite plus.
> The requirement is the DBA is expected to give first level trouble
> shooting support in all related fields.
> We tried to arrive at Profile of a DBA who is also a part System Admin
> , part Network Admin and part Web Admin. We have given some
> percentages to skills .
> 100 % Database Administration
> 70 % System Administration for any OS (Win2k / Solaris / Linux)
> 60 % Network Adminstration (LAN / WAN Technologies)
> 50 % Web Skills like Web Server / Proxy Server / Mail Server
> Administration
> Hope this is a fairly accurate assesment. This forum may share their
> own estimate & experiences.
> About the Language skill a DBA should know , apart from procedural SQL
> like Oracle's PL/SQL , the consensus is he should be in the know of
> XML too. Is this the correct picture ?
Received on Wed Jul 10 2002 - 08:41:47 CDT

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