For years, DBAs’ primary responsibilities have been aimed at ensuring that data is safely, securely, accurately, and appropriately stored, managed, and maintained. However, with the rise of new data types and increasing data volumes, data environments are changing, and so, too, are the roles of DBAs.
To be sure, structured data continues to be central to most organizations, but that data is also growing at a substantial rate, requiring DBAs to manage both more database instances and a wider range of relational database management systems. Cloud is also playing a key role in data environments, and that role will continue to expand. Cloud approaches in fact will have the biggest effect on DBAs over the next 3 years.