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  • staff graph updated - Database Administration Staffing Ratios 2021

    Database Administration Staffing Ratios 2021

    As enterprises collect more data and connect more applications, they must ensure that data is secure, reliable, and accessible. But despite these increased demands, companies are restraining the growth in their database administration staff. This report helps IT managers determine whether they are keeping pace with industry standards by providing four benchmarks: database administrators (DBAs) as a percentage of the IT staff, DBAs as a percentage of the Data Center Group, users per DBA, and business applications per DBA. We present benchmarks for small, midsize, and large organizations and examine the influence by sector on these benchmarks. We conclude with best practices for optimizing DBA staffing.

    October, 2021

  • staff graph updated - Retailers Feeling the Need for More Database Administrators

    Retailers Feeling the Need for More Database Administrators

    : While database administration (DBA) staffing remains steady or has declined in most sectors, the retail/wholesale sector has increased staffing in this area. The COVID-19 pandemic elevated the importance of an online presence in the retail/wholesale sector. This Research Byte provides a summary of our full report on database administration staffing ratios.

    October, 2021

  • Outsourcing - Database Administration (Remote DBA) Outsourcing Trends

    Database Administration (Remote DBA) Outsourcing Trends

    Database administration outsourcing is an often-overlooked strategy for controlling costs related to the maintenance and support of databases. This study examines adoption trends in database administration outsourcing. We report on the percentage of organizations outsourcing database administration (frequency), the average amount of work outsourced (level), and the change in the amount of work being outsourced (trend). We also present success rates for the customer's cost and service experience. Finally, we show how these trends differ by organization size and sector, and examine the role that offshore service providers play in the outsourcing of database administration. (21 pp., 14 figs.) [Research Byte]

    May, 2012

  • Outsourcing - Database Administration (DBA) Outsourcing Trends

    Database Administration (DBA) Outsourcing Trends

    Database administration (DBA) outsourcing is an often-overlooked strategy for controlling costs related to the maintenance and support of databases. This study examines the percentage of organizations outsourcing database administration (frequency), the average amount of work outsourced (level), and the change in the amount of work being outsourced (trend). We also present the cost experience, which provides insight into the risk IT organizations take in turning to outside service providers. This statistic measures the percentage of organizations that find database administration outsourcing costs more, the same, or less than expected. We also show how these trends differ by organization size and sector and examine the role played by offshore service providers.(19 pp., 13 figs.) [Research Byte]

    July, 2010

  • IT Staffing - Database Administration (DBA) Staffing Ratios 2010

    Database Administration (DBA) Staffing Ratios 2010

    Organizations are placing ever-increasing demands on the role of the database administrator (DBA). This study will help IT managers determine whether they are keeping pace with the industry by comparing their database administration staffing against industry benchmarks. We assess two basic metrics: database administrators as a percentage of the IT staff and terabytes of storage per DBA. We provide these benchmarks for the composite sample, by organization, and by sector. This report also highlights the three-year trend in the staffing of the DBA function and the influence of outsourcing on DBA staffing ratios. (20 pp., 10 figs.) [Research Byte]

    April, 2010