Tim Gorman has worked in information technology (IT) with relational databases since 1984, as an Oracle database programmer since 1990, and as an Oracle database administrator since 1993. He is an independent consultant (http://www.EvDBT.com) specializing in performance tuning, database administration, high-availability solutions, troubleshooting and crisis management, software development, and data warehousing. He has co-authored three books, "Oracle8 Data Warehousing", "Essential Oracle8i Data Warehousing" (both from John Wiley & Sons) and "Oracle Insights: Tales of the Oak Table" (from Apress).
What skills set the database administrator (DBA) apart from other technologists? Of the many responsibilities laid upon a DBA, which cannot be performed by someone else? Adding database accounts? Creating tables and indexes? Installing and configuring databases? Optimizing the database and the applications that access and manipulate it? All of these things are regularly performed by people who do not… Read more