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Is your future SQL Server DBA career safe?

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Webinar review of: Futureproof Your Database Professional Career by Kevin Kline and Brian Knight. Kevin Kline is a Principal Program Manager at SentryOne. Brian Knight is the Founder and CEO of Pragmatic Works.

Kline and Knight made some great points for all levels of SQL Server DBAs, SSIS developers and BI professionals. These are a few of the points that were discussed and provided on the slides with the webinar.

  • Stuff an Intermediate DBA Should Know
    • SQL Server Hardware, Installation & configuration basics, Basic T-SQL, backup & restore, monitoring, alerting & system instrumentation
  • Stuff a Senior DBA Should Know
    • Availability Groups and other HA options
    • Indexes, statistics, fragmentation
    • Query Tuning
    • Transaction behavior & locking
    • Internal structures and behaviors
    • Database Design & Development
    • Memory management, CPU tuning, I/O
    • T-log optimization, storage subsystems & SANs
  • Stuff a Master DBA Should Know
    • Estate Management
    • Enterprise Architecture
    • Change Management, CI/CD
    • Compliance and Auditing
    • Political Savvy
  • SSIS developers
    • T-SQL, Database design
    • Solve business problems quickly
    • Data warehouse design and Data modeling
  • BI professionals
    • Retooling for cloud solutions
    • SSIS ==> ADF
    • APS ==> Azure DW
    • Hadoop ==> Data Lake, HD Insights, Spark, Kafka, etc
  • Several learning paths to futreproof your career
    • Warehouse developer
    • Cloud Architect
    • Data Scientist
    • BI Architect
  • Everybody – Soft Skills
    • Attitude
    • Aptitude
    • Resilience
    • Extreme Ownership
    • Oriented for Personal Growth
    • Composition and Communication

Some SQL Server DBA stats provided by Kline: Salary range from 80k to 125k, Median salary of 108k , Average age 50ish. Contrast that with a Cloud Architect average salary of 120k for an intermediate level professional.

Biggest takeaways from the webinar:

  • Be politically savvy
  • Set the tone but don’t be a JERK
  • Keep a positive customer attitude

Great soft skills will make you irreplaceable as a SQL Server DBA. And that’s how you can futureproof your SQL Server DBA career. Right?

I give the webinar ‘Futureproof Your Database Professional Career’ a thumbs up.

Note: It is well worth listening to the Q & A after the presentation as quite a bit of useful information was discussed.


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