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Database Administrators

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INTRODUCTION

Few companies today are able to exist without an information technology department. Whether a large multinational conglomerate or a small retail establishment, nearly all companies rely on computers to some degree. Some companies are highly dependent on computer systems, while others use them only for accounting and related tasks. Every organization, even the smallest company, has at least one person whose job entails making sure that the computer system is up and running, or at least knowing who to call when the computer system goes down. At larger organizations, the information technology group-or management information system department, or data processing group-is responsible not only for ensuring that the computer is available, but also that the data on the computer is reliable and what the company needs in order to meet its obligations. The information technology group can therefore be quite large in complex organizations where distributed processing is found, and may only be one or two people in smaller companies with fewer computers. This research considers the role of the database administrator in organizations, and compares the functions of the database administrator with that of the knowledge manager.

DATABASE JOBS IN ORGANIZATIONS

There are several different jobs associated with managing databases within an organization. Database designers might be employed by the company itself, or they might be employed by third parties and responsible for developing databases for many types of organizations. The database designer typically has an engineering or computer science background, and works with information supplied by knowledge managers and the end users in order to develop databases that meet speci...

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...to organizations to ensure that business operations run smoothly. When database administrators perform their jobs well, most other employees will not give those jobs any thought. When database administrators are unable to fulfill their tasks, entire companies can lose significant competitive advantage. Database administrators are key to the implementation success of information technologies, and are likely to work closely with knowledge managers as well as database designers. Using technical as well as functional information, database administrators are the bridge between the end user and the database itself.

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