Podcast: Do Bloody Anything: The Changing Role of the DBA

May 15, 2019 | 7 minute read
Bob Rhubart
Community Manager, Oracle Groundbreakers Team
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In August of 2018 we did a program entitled Developer Evolution: What’s Rocking Roles in IT. That program focused primarily on the forces that are reshaping the role of the software developer. In this program we shift the focus to the DBA -- the Database Administrator -- and the evolve-or-perish choices that face those in that role.

Bringing their insight to the discussion is an international panel of experts who represent years of DBA experience, and some of the forces that are transforming that role.

The Panelists

In alphabetical order

Maria ColganMaria Colgan
Master Product Manager, Oracle Database
San Francisco, California

 “Security, especially as people move more towards cloud-based models, is something DBAs should get a deeper knowledge in.”


Oracle ACE Director Julian DontcheffJulian Dontcheff
Managing Director/Master Technology Architect, Accenture
Helsinki, Finland


"Now that Autonomous Database is here, I see several database administrators being scared that somehow all their routine tasks will be replaced and they will have very little to do. As if doing the routine stuff is the biggest joy in their lives."


Oracle ACE Director Tim HallTim Hall
DBA, Developer, Author, and Trainer
Birmingham, United Kingdom

 “I never want to do something twice if I can help it. I want to find a way of automating it. If the database will do that for me, that’s awesome.”


Oracle ACE Director Lucas JellemaLucas Jellema
CTO/Consulting IT Architect, AMIS

 “By taking heed of what architects are coming up with, and how applications and application landscapes are organized and how the data plays a part in that, I think DBAs can prepare themselves and play a part in putting it all together in a meaninful way.”


Oracle ACE Director Brendan TierneyBrendan Tierney
Principal Consultant, Oralytics
Dublin, Ireland

"Look beyond what you're doing in your cubicles with your blinkers on. See what's going on across all IT departments. What are the business needs? How is data being used? Where can you contribute to that to deliver better business value?"


Gerald VenzlGerald Venzl
Master Product Manager, Oracle Cloud, Database, and Server Technologies
San Francisco, California


"When you talk to anybody outside the administrative roles -- DBA or Unix Admin -- they will tell you that those people are essentially the folks that always say no. That's not very productive."


Additional Resources

Bob Rhubart

Community Manager, Oracle Groundbreakers Team

Oracle Groundbreaker Team Community Manager Bob Rhubart is the host/engineer/producer of the Oracle Groundbreaker Podcast, producer of the 2 Minute Tech Tip video series, hosts Groundbreaker Live interviews with technology experts recorded at Oracle Code, Oracle OpenWorld, and other events, writes a regular column for Oracle Magazine, and manages the ACES in Action blog.

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