Database Don’t Manage Themselves (Yet)

Database. There, I said it. This simple word has the ability to instill fear, exasperation, or nausea in even the most seasoned IT professional. A database is simple on the surface: a set of tables that includes the information necessary for running your business. However, much more goes on beneath the base level to ensure smooth operation, secure data collection, and consistent, up-to-date information. The process of maintaining such a structure can be very time consuming and requires a keen eye to keep things running at top efficiency.

But why bother? Simply put, databases are here to stay. Nearly every company, regardless of industry or size, uses at least one set of databases for their operations. These often include tables of registered customers, preferred vendors, orders, emails, and payroll, all interacting with each other and all vital for conducting business. Having so much information at your fingertips is valuable, but again, managing it all can be a daunting task. This is where a trained, experienced Database Administrator (DBA) can help. A professional DBA will help you manage, store, and standardize the data that you collect on a daily basis. They will also assist with security, installation, and technical support to ensure your information is safe and readily available at all times. Because of the interconnectedness of corporate data, every small change can have ripple effects throughout the various tables and entries already in the system. It’s important that your DBA understands your database inside and out, and can effectively work through any problems that may arise.

Of course, this sort of comprehensive service comes with a hefty price tag (sometimes upwards of $78,000 a year according to U.S. News), and to be honest, the cost isn’t always worth it. Often, an in-house DBA can spend as much as 80% of their time idle if everything is running as expected, but are not always available when an off-hours emergency arises. To circumvent this, some small businesses choose instead to hire an “IT Generalist,” someone who can do everything from database management to corporate hardware maintenance to general tech support. This is a huge risk, though, because these workers are often too occupied with other urgent tasks to ensure that their databases are working optimally.

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Don’t pay for DBA nap time.

Yet another option is a low-cost outsourcing manager.  Problems arise, however, because some third-party companies have so many other clients that they don’t take the time to learn about your particular system. As you can guess, this can be disastrous in a situation where something very specific needs fast attention, but there’s nobody available who fully understands the scope of the situation.

At Deep Core Data, LLC, we employ excellent database professionals who can confidently and reliably integrate with your existing IT team, both on-site and remotely. By taking the time to understand your company’s needs and systems, we can help you solve an existing problem, keep your systems upgraded, or perform routine maintenance. Whether it’s project work or a long term contract, we are ready and available to be your go-to support system. Instead of paying someone to sit around for hours until something goes wrong, why not hire a team that can work on-call for you and help keep your system on an even keel? With hourly rates starting as low as $90/hour, we can help your business become more efficient without eating away at your profits.

2017-01-29T18:06:26+00:00 June 11th, 2015|Business Practices, Database Operations|

About the Author:

Rhiannon is the head of marketing and documentation services at Deep Core Data. A writer and editor for over 10 years, she is also a professional singer and not quite professional gamer. Her favorite blog posts are about tips and tricks to improving software, writing, and general business.

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