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Gartner argues that staffing database administration positions will come under increasing pressure through 2005 and that careful strategy is required to address growing complexity and stiffer competition for skills. Do you agree with Gartner's position that organizations need to guard against top-heavy DBA staffing and explore internal career paths as a solution?

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by Palmanic In reply to TechPerspective: DBA staf ...

I agree with the premise that an organization needs to be very careful in top heavy DBA staffing. However, this is also true in just about every IT department. In any project, the loss of key, senior personnel is disruptive in the extreme, if measures are not taken to insure timely knowledge transfers and mentoring of entry and mid-level staff.
Career path DBA solutions are also very effective. While other departments may bemoan the loss of an excellent staff member, the company greatly benefits, in retaining the talent and knowledge internally. I would MUCH rather lose (promote) talented individuals to another team/department than to another, possible competitor, organization.

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by plantogo2000 In reply to TechPerspective: DBA staf ...

To treat the real problem of inadequate supply of DBAs to a growing demand as unique in the IS&T world is myopic. It may be apparent today and more so tomorrow that DBAs are in demand, but so is everyone in the IS&T world.
Rather than design a particular strategy to prevent top heavy DBA organizations, it is imperative that a company develop a total IS&T and company personnel strategy. To just concentrate on one arena of the IS&T formula is a good idea only if it is the beginning of developing a strategy for all of IS&T and for the company. Furthermore, this strategy should be consistent with the company's strategy for upward and continuing mobility for its workforce.
A most essential ingredient of the strategy must be training and education and the second is the need to include an organization outside of IS&T like Human Resources as a companion force in determining what the straegy should be.

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by ernest In reply to TechPerspective: DBA staf ...

There is no doubt that IT staffing requirements will increase across application developers and Database Administrators. Questions do arise as to who will fulfill the increased demands and how will these demands be presented. If we look at the latter first, we have to ask will the majority of increased demand be in the form of:
1. long term multi-year projects
2. short term projects
3. Daily operations
Certainly, if the projects are long term there is a higher probability that the projectsmay be fulfilled with in-house talent. This gives the presenting organization a chance to develop career tracks while meeting project objectives. In this scenario, consultants are used in a minority position for specialized knowledge such as data modeling, clustering or parallel server.
Where the projects are short term, it makes sense to outsource the entire project to a consulting firm. This way the fulltime staff may continue their roles as subject matter experts and not have to dedcate much of their attention

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by jbelina In reply to TechPerspective: DBA staf ...

It's not enough just to have a career path from programmer to DBA, in addition you must have a plan for how to develop that junior DBA and give them proper training, insentive and guidance to help them be successful. If they come out of a programming role and aren't given adequate tools you may be placing them in a situation where they are bound to fail. This wouldn't help even out the top-heavy DBA problem...

Thanks,
Jeff

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by candrevaa In reply to TechPerspective: DBA staf ...

Will I agree in part with Gartner's position (it makes a lot of sense to move applications developers into DBA positions), I don't think this will keep DBA staffing from becoming top heavy.

Give an applications developer with a couple of years experience in your organization some DBA training, and in a year or so, he/she is going to be demanding the high salary and job title that your current lead DBA folks are getting, because they will be extremely valuable outside of your organization.The problem is one of macro supply and demand, and can not be solved with a micro (i.e., internal) solution.

In the long run, the only solution is to get many more young people to go into technical careers.

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