DBA 102: Beyond the basics: The first article covers how to get a good job as a DBA; the objective of this article is to concentrate on what to do after you get the job. With the constant pressure to reduce IT costs, DBAs can no longer afford to be viewed as cost center overhead. Instead, DBAs must strive to be recognized and prove their value to the organization. Learn both the technical (hard) and non-technical (soft) skills you will need to survive as a DBA, as well as advice on how to deal with management and ensure job security by consistently adding bottom-line value.
The power of Oracle certification: The final article in the our career series concentrates on the benefits of Oracle DBA certifications. Learn why whether or not to get certified is such a widely debated topic among database administrators and managers and how to weigh the costs and benefits of getting Oracle certification. Hillenbrand goes over the differences between OCA, OCP and OCM certifications, good and bad reasons for getting certified and more.
About the author
Michael Hillenbrand directs and manages the AES Select Outsourcing group at Access Enterprise Solutions. As director, Michael is responsible for defining processes and procedures, assisting with sales and marketing efforts, defining and governing service levels, and ensuring continued quality and success for AES Select customers.
Michael began his career as a DBA with US Steel then moved on to manage the corporate Oracle DBA team at Alcoa. For the last 10 years Michael has been leading remote support efforts. Having been in a leadership role throughout most of his 20+ year career, Michael has hired and managed over 50 DBAs and supported well over 100 clients. Michael's specialties include best practices (ITIL Foundations Certified), quality improvement and daily operations. Michael also has a strong background in database support, including Oracle (OCP Certified), SQL Server and DB2.
This was first published in July 2007