In case you didn’t know it, the first Friday in July is DBA Appreciation Day!
I assume that most of my readers know what a DBA is, but for those of you reading who do not, you probably benefit from having DBAs around. A DBA, or database administrator, is the information technician responsible for directing or performing all activities related to maintaining a successful database environment.
If you can access your data and your systems are operating smoothly, you have your DBAs (at least in part) to thank for that. Most of the time, people don’t know what the DBAs do, until a problem occurs that requires their attention. In other words, if problems aren’t occurring, you can thank your DBAs for being vigilant and doing their job.
How can you show your appreciation? A simple “thank you” goes a long way. But if you still want some ideas, here are a few:
…Get them a cup of their favorite beverage. You know, something other than that brown swill that is available in your office!
…Donuts are appreciated by some; cut veggies by others. I have to say though, usually not by the same DBA! However, it is typically not a problem to identify which is which.
…Perhaps the best “gift” you can give your DBA is this though: the next time you are thinking about picking up the phone (or sending an email) to contact the DBA, make sure you have investigated the problem thoroughly yourself. And that you have all the details needed to help the DBA help you with your issue.
So have a great day all you DBAs out there…
I certainly appreciate you!