DBAs don't need MBA to succeed, expert says
Monday, April 30, 2012
Database administrators are considered one of the hottest jobs on the IT market, but SQL Server Pro's Brian Moran recently suggested that successful DBAs do not necessarily need a master of business administration degree.
The writer cited a U.S. News and World report, which noted that the No. 1 most ideal job for people earning their MBA is a DBA, followed by web developer and computer systems analyst. Moran asserted that current DBAs do not have to go for this distinction to be successful.
"Does a DBA need a good sense of their business to excel? Absolutely," Moran wrote. "But investing 2 years or more of your life … plus upwards of 100K to enhance your DBA career simply isn’t a good ROI. And any MBA should be able to tell you that."
The traditional role of DBAs is significantly being impacted by big data, cloud computing and other technologies. To lessen the load for DBAs working with Oracle systems, EMC recently launched its Data Domain Boost application to be integrated with Oracle's Recovery Manager.
According to EMC, the new pairing will help improve Oracle performance and help DBAs improve their backups by up to 50 percent.