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 won‟t 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.
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?