Database Administrator

Remote Database Administrator

Why is a Database Administrator Important for My Business?

Companies and organizations used to rely heavily on paper files. The use of a database also allows employees to access the data much faster than retrieving a file from a room of file cabinets. However, the database must be designed and maintained in order to function properly and remain secure. A database administrator (DBA) sets up the database according to the needs of the company and ensures that maintenance, regular use, and security measures will enable the database to continue to be the appropriate solution to the company's data storage and retrieval needs.

In the past, data was not stored on computers. File cabinets housed the company's important data about employees, inventory, and customers. Databases are more secure than paper files. They also allow the company employees to be more productive and efficient by having all the necessary information available at their fingertips.

Each company has different needs for storing data. The remote database administrator provides database consulting service to review the data storage needs of the company and determine the best structure for the database. If a database is in use but insufficient for the company, database administrators provide recommendations for improving the database performance or replacing the database.

Database administrators give companies guidance on creating employee training and policies regarding the use of the database. Inappropriate use of the database can cause data retrieval problems and have a negative impact on the speed of the database. A database file that is edited by multiple users has a risk of becoming corrupted. In some cases, database corruption can lead to the loss of data. Teaching employees the best practices for entering, editing, and retrieving data can help minimize the risk of database corruption.

The database administrator shows the company how to protect the data from security threats. A recovery plan and automated backup are instituted to guard against lost data. A database administrator can set up database security to allow employees to have access only to the data that is necessary for them to do their jobs. Sensitive information such as personal information and salary data in human resources files can be password protected to allow only those human resources employees who need the information to be able to retrieve it.

Database security is the responsibility of the database administrators. A database administrator can check employee access at the time that the database security is set up to make sure that employees have appropriate access. The DBA tests for other security vulnerabilities and corrects any potential problems.

If the data needs of the company change, the database can be altered or upsized. A start-up company may not have many demands for data storage. As the company grows, so does the need for data storage and retrieval. The MS SQL database platform is a favorite for commercial use since it can grow with the company.

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