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What does the CIO need to know about Sequel Server administration?
Jul 20 '05 #1
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gu*******@earthlink.net says...
What does the CIO need to know about Sequel Server administration?


Enough to hire a proper DBA to do the job. Most CIO's are managers and
figure heads that have some technical background, at least all of the
ones I've run into are.

A good manager doesn't try and know everything, but trys to know enough
to know when to get help. A SQL Server is not something to manage by
trial-and-error methods. Tell him to get a skilled DBA, not a programmer
that acts as a DBA, but a production type DBA.

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Jul 20 '05 #2

"Michele" <gu*******@earthlink.net> wrote in message
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What does the CIO need to know about Sequel Server administration?


I don't really understand your question, but if you have an IT department of
5 people, and the 'CIO' is really a team lead who does hands-on admin work,
then he might need to know quite a bit. On the other hand, if there are 100
people in IT, then he would probably know little or nothing, because at that
point being CIO is a purely management role.

Simon
Jul 20 '05 #3

"Michele" <gu*******@earthlink.net> wrote in message
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What does the CIO need to know about Sequel Server administration?


First that it's SQL Server and not Sequel.

In general, what are the goals of the company.

If it's 24x7, they need to understand what High Availability solutions there
are, their costs, their benefits, their drawbacks, etc.

If it's a mom-and-pop company, basic backup and restores are necessary, etc.

Jul 20 '05 #4
"Greg D. Moore \(Strider\)" <mo****************@greenms.com> wrote in message news:<9c*******************@twister.nyroc.rr.com>. ..
"Michele" <gu*******@earthlink.net> wrote in message
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What does the CIO need to know about Sequel Server administration?


First that it's SQL Server and not Sequel.

In general, what are the goals of the company.

If it's 24x7, they need to understand what High Availability solutions there
are, their costs, their benefits, their drawbacks, etc.

If it's a mom-and-pop company, basic backup and restores are necessary, etc.


Let me clarify a bit. The CIO is the 'manager' of IS and will soon be
hiring a fulltime DBA. The CIO wants to know what he/she needs to know
to hire a top rate DBA and what is envolved cost wise in maintance,
etc. We have Microsoft SQL server 2000 and could possibly in the
very near future be looking at Oracle. I have had very limited
instruction in programming a Microsoft SQL server and this question
(exactly as you see it) was posed to me. With my limited knowledge, I
was unsure how to address this. So I am seeking advise.

Hope this helps. And many thanks in advance.
Michele
Jul 20 '05 #5
In article <5e**************************@posting.google.com >,
gu*******@earthlink.net says...
"Greg D. Moore \(Strider\)" <mo****************@greenms.com> wrote in message news:<9c*******************@twister.nyroc.rr.com>. ..
"Michele" <gu*******@earthlink.net> wrote in message
news:5e**************************@posting.google.c om...
What does the CIO need to know about Sequel Server administration?


First that it's SQL Server and not Sequel.

In general, what are the goals of the company.

If it's 24x7, they need to understand what High Availability solutions there
are, their costs, their benefits, their drawbacks, etc.

If it's a mom-and-pop company, basic backup and restores are necessary, etc.


Let me clarify a bit. The CIO is the 'manager' of IS and will soon be
hiring a fulltime DBA. The CIO wants to know what he/she needs to know
to hire a top rate DBA and what is envolved cost wise in maintance,
etc. We have Microsoft SQL server 2000 and could possibly in the
very near future be looking at Oracle. I have had very limited
instruction in programming a Microsoft SQL server and this question
(exactly as you see it) was posed to me. With my limited knowledge, I
was unsure how to address this. So I am seeking advise.


The original question you asked was hard to answer. In this case, if the
CIO doesn't know enough to hire a DBA, the CIO needs to hire a staffing
firm that guarantees their finds - meaning that they find you a DBA,
charge you a fee, and give you 45 days to determine if they are going to
work out, if not, you don't get charged the fee.

For a CIO to ask you to tell him enough about being a DBA to allow him
to hire one means that you have a very simple CIO, or he's passing the
buck. A CIO, which is just a manager, should already know what skills a
DBA should have, even a couple questions to ask one during an interview
that would be indicators of the quality of the candidate. A second
review by a trained DBA, even a external source, would be needed to
ensure that the candidate is qualified.

There is no way that a simple discussion in Usenet is going to give you
the answers you need to test/qualify a candidate.

As for going to Oracle, I would suggest that the investment in changing
platforms is a considerable cost and requires a DBA will experience in
Oracle maintenance, you can't simply cross from SQL to Oracle and cover
all the bases.

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Jul 20 '05 #6

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