In all likelihood, your organization is currently gathering, using, and storing more data than ever before. Data is growing exponentially across the world, and those businesses able to harness their data to better understand their customers, competitors, suppliers, and employees will have a clear competitive advantage in the years to come.
In this post, we look at the role of database developers, and why you should hire and train them now to ensure your organization leverages its data to the maximum.
Whereas database administrators typically focus on routine maintenance and support of databases, a database developer is dedicated to improving those databases and expanding their functionality. A database developer also creates new databases to suit emerging business needs, and ensures high levels of data availability across the organization.
While the database developer job description varies from business to business, typically it includes:
As the volume and types of data coming into your business increase, the database developer can help you understand and tap into the value of this data, rather than leaving it unused.
For example, because almost every business today is connected to the internet, database developers are increasingly called upon to manage the rising volumes of company website usage data, transactional data created via e-commerce, as well as corporate social media data.
If your business does not have the time or know-how to collate and process all its available data, it may miss out on multiple opportunities, such as:
You may well choose to hire a database developer for a specific function, such as web analytics, report writing, or data analysis. But however you employ them, you can also expect these additional benefits:
While skilled database developers are already benefiting companies today, they are likely to become even more important in the future, as businesses focus on differentiating themselves through projects in:
Well-trained and qualified database developers should be heavily involved in – and ideally encouraged to lead – big data projects. They bring to the table not only a deep understanding of data but also a keen awareness of your business needs. For example, they have the technical skills to best leverage existing big data stores, and, from these expansive and disordered data sets, they can build useful data marts specifically for your key business functions – such as marketing, finance, sales, and operations.
Furthermore, database developers can properly scope analytics requirements and configure business intelligence reporting engines. Doing so ensures that your company can derive meaningful, real-time insights from all available data.
By leveraging the skills of database developers, and the latest database technologies, organizations will be able to accurately analyze business opportunities and understand and even predict customer preferences. In turn, driving product development, customer loyalty, and revenue, all while minimizing business risk.
Furthermore, database developers will continue to figure heavily in software application innovation, for example helping businesses to:
While the benefits of employing database developers are numerous and highly-advantageous, it is not enough to simply hire them and then sit back expecting miracles.
To operate at their best, database developers need continuous technical training and high-level business engagement. This empowers them to hone their database skills to take advantage of the latest technologies for specific business operations.
While most database developers will already have a university degree in computer science or similar and possess demonstrated skills in SQL, your business should look to continually nurture their skills – and where possible, help them attain recognized industry certifications. The more skilled and qualified your database developer becomes, the more they can do for your data and your business.
In particular, database developers will benefit from training that takes a deep dive into SQL –including error handling, data partitioning, and working with user-defined functions.
Ideally, you should provide them with a mixture of technology-specific development training in:
Along with domain-specific functional courses that cover topics like:
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In a recent Robert Half survey, 94% of CFOs said their companies cover some or all costs for their staff to obtain professional certifications. Additionally, 95% provide full or partial support to maintain credentials
Why are these numbers so high?
These numbers are in line with a CompTIA survey from a few years ago that shows 93% of HR professionals value certification in the hiring process. It is undeniable - certification is important.
In the information age, organizations which best leverage their data are those that will succeed. Start hiring and training your database developers today.