Is the DBA career dead?
With the increased popularity of cloud services, one of the questions that I often receive is: “Is the DBA career dying? What will you do for a living in the future?” In this article I will give my personal opinion about the future of our beloved profession, and try to calm down those that have already started to look for another career. The first thing that I want to point out is that when we started to work in IT we knew that it was a career that is different than most of the other ones out there. Its nature is a dynamic and exciting one that reinvents itself all the time, with technological news showing up every single year and changing the entire landscape. We have chosen a field that pushes us to keep studying, learning and evolving, and this is the kind of mindset I want you to have while reading this article. The Database Administrator role is not going anywhere. We are not an endangered species and won't become one in the foreseeable future. Cloud is not our enemy. The data market is just evolving, and the cloud is bringing a lot of new things that will give us more power and more options. In today's market we have two very common problems:
- Companies can’t find enough people to fill in all positions.
- Companies want to keep their costs as low as possible.