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Every day amazed at how my girls grow and I am so proud. Thank you, Amanda and Emily.
A book like this has been a long time coming. Being a DBA is not an easy calling – especially in today’s world. There was a time when DBAs were prized keepers of data within organizations. What we did was a mystery to most, but the role was somewhat predictable. With the introduction of IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, machine learning, big data, and artificial intelligence, the role of the DBA has markedly changed. No two days are even remotely alike, and it seems the rate of change has accelerated beyond what most of us can comfortably cope with.
Everything evolves and the role of the DBA is no different. What separates those who thrive and feel energized from those who feel defeated, is whether one sees opportunity or dreads the tsunami of change that is upon us.
Michelle is not only a brilliant technologist, data security expert, and recognized author – she has also lived the life of a DBA for many years, and witnessed the dramatic change in the data ecosystem. Michelle’s book describes what the DBA of the future might look like and how to achieve success. For the first time ever, data has become a strategic resource in many organizations, offering a competitive edge if it is mined appropriately. While this poses many questions and raises concerns, it also provides immense opportunities for the DBA. No longer is the DBA responsible for mundane, predictable work; a whole new world of data (not database!) management has opened up that is fluid. The DBA role is now no longer rigidly defined but it must be co-created to incorporate many facets of data management. It is no longer about the technology, but about the enablement of business and strategy through technology.
I have had the pleasure of calling Michelle my friend for years. Michelle and I were introduced to each other through IOUG when we were both DBAs so we ‘get’ it. This book may surprise, startle, and energize you to grasp the future, whatever that looks like. One thing is for certain – you will become a better DBA as a result of reading this book. I will leave you with an important question to reflect on as you read Michelle’s book: what type of DBA do you want to be?
Michelle Malcher is a database professional with a vast knowledge in database environments and security, developed from her 17+ years in this field. She is a well-known volunteer leader in the database and security communities, with roles as Independent Oracle User Group (IOUG) past president, and as a Fuel Founding board member. Her deep technical expertise from database to development, as well as her senior-level contributions as a speaker, author, Oracle ACE Director, and customer advisory board participant, have aided many corporations spanning architecture and risk assessment, purchasing and installation, and ongoing systems oversight, including large financial institutions. Michelle is currently a security architect for Extreme Scale Solutions.