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The Database Administration Profession

Why is this damn application so slow? I accidentally deleted my customer’s order a few days ago. Can you retrieve it? The auditor is coming in tomorrow to review our security access list. Please have something ready. Here is your pager; enjoy the weekend!

The life of a database administrator (DBA) can be quite interesting. To some nontechnical folks within a company, a DBA is a necessary evil. They can look at a developer and say, “Oh, this is what you created.” When they look at a DBA, what can they see? Usually, they don’t think much about the DBA until they have a problem. When this occurs, you are more important than anyone else, including most executives. In these situations, you, ...

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