From the Editor

DBAs: No Early Retirement

It’s time for database administrators to start thinking like data experts, not caretakers.

By Tom Haunert

September/October 2018

On August 7, 2018, Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison announced the availability of Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing Cloud, part of Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud. And for Oracle DBAs, he had some straightforward career advice. For any Oracle DBAs who might have been thinking that autonomous technology meant their careers are done, Ellison was direct: “I’ve got some bad news for you. No early retirement.”

Ellison went on to point out that, yes, some tedious tasks would no longer be required of DBAs with autonomous databases, including allocating new storage and upgrading the operating system. With those things out of the way, DBAs will be able to focus on the data, as well as working more closely with their developer colleagues.

“DBAs should be . . . trying to maximize the value of the data, create more applications, improve the analytics, improve the insights,” Ellison said. “It’s nice to automate the tedious stuff away so you can focus on the mission, which is to get the most out of your data and build new applications for your customers.”

Wanted: Data Experts

For more on the many time-saving features and benefits of Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing Cloud, available now, check out this issue’s cover story, “Autonomous in Action.” Here’s a sneak peak: the new service delivers 99.995% uptime, automatic patching, lower operating and labor costs, and “nothing-to-learn” administration.

In “Development Opens Up,” Mike Hichwa, vice president of software development at Oracle, talks about database development, Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud, open source, and more.

For examples of new types of tasks DBAs may take on in the autonomous database world, read Jeff Erickson’s latest column, “Hey, Data Experts: Voice Assistants Are Calling Your Name.”

More Autonomous for More Experts

Come back next issue for more on Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud. Come to Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco, October 22–25, 2018, for more on Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud. Bring your autonomous questions and your own ideas for getting the most out of your data.


Next Steps

WATCH Think Autonomous.

LEARN more about Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud.

TRY Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing Cloud.

REGISTER for for Oracle OpenWorld 2018.

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