Unfortunately, the roles of data administration and database administration are gradually coming closer together. Although this is the trend, I think it is an unfortunate trend because it is happening for all the wrong reasons. First let me state that I think the DA and DBA functions need to cross-train so that the DBA understands more about the business and the DA understands more about the technology. This enables both to do a better job because the DBA will know why he is creating and maintaining the database – and the DA will know what is possible given current technology and why some things may need to change in order to be physically implemented.
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Craig S. Mullins is a data management strategist, researcher and consultant. He is president and principal consultant of Mullins Consulting, Inc., and has nearly three decades of experience in all facets of database systems development.
Craig has worked with mainframe DB2 since V1 and has experience with several other DBMS products, including SQL Server, Sybase and IMS. You may know Craig from his popular books: DB2 Developer's Guide
, which has more than 1,500 pages of in-depth technical information on DB2 for z/OS, and Database Administration: The Complete Guide to Practices and Procedures
- the industry's only comprehensive guide to heterogeneous database administration.
More information on Craig is available at www.craigsmullins.com
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