Database Administrator – A day in the life

Database Administrator – A day in the life


David Finnigan (Database Administrator) Transcript My name is David Finnigan and I’m a Database
Administrator or DBA with ANZ. There are two things I do in a normal day
– the first is to make sure that the databases I support are running quickly and that the
appropriate people have access. I also make sure that any overnight jobs such
as backups or reports have finished successfully. And then the other thing that we look after
is a lot of consultation with projects that might be intending to use databases in the
future. I think databases are critical to a lot of
modern organisations. It’s probably not too big a stretch to say
that no database, no organisation or no company. And as such a DBA has a large role to play
if a database system is down or even running slowly – that can cause a big impact to customers
and internal staff within an organisation, and as a result a DBA can make a really positive
difference in turning that around and repairing it. I think repairing issues, addressing those
sort of problems are one of my favourite parts; when something has gone wrong and it’s impacting
a lot of people, it’s very rewarding to be able to apply your knowledge and skills
and experience, and resolve that issue quickly. And to oftentimes literally hear the relief
in the users’ voices when you’re able to tell them that it’s working properly
again. I started in an IT support role like a lot
of people do, and in the organisation I was working at at that that time they didn’t
have a dedicated DBA so I sort of organically moved into that area. The need was there and then I’d go to training
courses and eventually just chose to specialise.

Danny Hutson

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