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Key roles of database administrator

What are the key roles of a DBA?

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The roles of a DBA vary from organization to organization. But the following list shows the primary activities that many DBAs are charged with:
  • Back up and recover the database.
  • Install and configure Oracle software.
  • Create new databases.
  • Design the database schema and create any necessary database objects.
  • Formulate optimal application SQL.
  • Ensure database security is implemented to safeguard the data.
  • Work closely with application developers and system administrators to ensure all database needs are being met.
  • Apply patches or upgrades to the database as needed.
The list above may not be complete for your organization, but it is a good start.

This was first published in August 2006

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