to be honest I dont know how you define a DBA now days, seems to many developers/analysts a DBA must know everything about Oracle, to management a DBA is just someone which looks useless and costs too much money
Originally posted by Sameer May be its because now a days many of them states them as DBA without *really* understanding a term DBA which is quite broad in itself.. its like doing OCP as one of the academic career..
I agree but may be the market demand caused this in the last couple of years
Originally posted by Sameer and thus ended up introducing new terms in the market as Senior/Junior DBA or Database operator
I never really understood what a Database operator means, what is his job? what's the difference between a database operator and a database administrator, when someone mentions database operator to me the first thing i can think of is a Data Entry guy (no offense).
for instance if a guy plans a backup strategy, and writes the scripts he's a database administrator, but if a guy's role is to only make sure that backups are taken correctly, and that backups made are valid he's a Junior Database Administrator, i'd never call him a database operator.
I personally think that being dba is entirely upto you. Some dba's can make developers sh*t and others can give it a rahter bad name by like pando said someone who does nothing and costs money.
Well you gotta show all what you can do , but it's also dependent upon how is it politically allowed within your environment without burning edges here and there.
When i joined this firm the db's were running on no arch log mode with no record of backups anywhere. Well that was being done by a dba who was doing it remotely by a "hi-fi oracle partner" shop. I'd say you had a peasant sitting on the throne.
Such retards make a dba job look so darn easy and then they get fired/ or leave and the next dba(who'd do a great job) can clean up his trash and be treated like trash.
So be a dba or don't, don't just mess around with the job profile, the reverberations(good and bad) go beyond your imaginations.
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I interviewed an applicant who listed their current job as DBA, but he did not know whether his databases were running CBO or RBO, and the backup recovery strategy was a nightly full export. H'mmm. Tough choice to make there.