The role of a SQL Server DBA has evolved over the past 10 years from a technician role to a resource management role. It is likely to continue to evolve into a broader management role, where DBAs will be responsible for managing much more than just SQL Servers. They will also manage supporting technologies, such as storage, and supportive technologies, such as SharePoint. DBAs will need broad business knowledge and several soft skills to meet these new responsibilities. Technical skills and knowledge will still be critical. However, it will be rare to find DBAs who have deep knowledge of SQL Server internals yet little knowledge of the applications their databases support or the business those applications support.

Perhaps this: that being a SQL Server DBA in the future will be much more like being an Exchange Administrator today. In other words, yes, there is a database engine in there somewhere, but you wont get to tinker with it. Instead, your time will be spent managing it at a higher level. And while this may not sound like a desirable turn of events, in the end you would be thankful. That is because you will not be managing at the instance-level, you will be managing an entire enterprise. This enterprise will be connected with a level of interdependency that requires it to be treated as one entity.

  • Automation will relieve you of mundane tasks but will still not give you enough hours in the day to do what needs to be done.
  • DBAs will be called upon to provide solutions for business problems, not just technical issues.
  • DBAs will continue to be paid well.
  • In some companies, a DBAs official title may actually change, perhaps to something like “Data Resource Manager”. But you will probably still call yourself a DBA and so will everyone else.
  • You will still have a lot of fun!
  • Thus, the traditional DBA role of the technical guru—who knows just what knobs to turn to get a desired result on some esoteric query—will continue to evolve into a manager of database resources.
  • Having that in-depth technical knowledge will still be valuable, but having the time to spend using it will be the struggle.
  • More and more, you will have to let go of the things that were once important when the job was about “making it work” and instead concentrate on the bigger picture—making sure it all works together.

Don’t miss this chance to read an insightful white paper and take a look into the crystal ball.  What role do you think a DBA have in the next 10 years?