Last month I was in a taxi chatting on the cell phone about a software developer who had recently joined my team, as well as the data analyst position I’d just filled. As soon as I hung up the phone, the following transpired…
Cab driver: “I am an Oracle DBA.”
Me: That’s great! We use SQL Server.
Cab driver: (sadly) “Oh.” (pause) “You don’t need a DBA for that.”
With this I had to wonder how common this perception is among database workers who don’t have hands-on experience with SQL Server. Is there a substantial number of employees and managers in IT positions who believe you just install SQL Server, then leave it alone? I can only imagine the disappointment of an organization that doesn’t budget for a DBA when adopting SQL Server! How many developers/analysts/sysadmins became an “accidental DBA” because of this belief?