How will my content change?


I was on a call a few weeks ago and the subject of technical content came up. As someone who produces a certain type of content, I had some thoughts related to cloud services. Specifically how cloud services make my style of content less meaningful these days.

A large part of my content could be described as “traditional” DBA content. As we move more systems to the cloud, and start to use increasingly automated database services, the “traditional” DBA is becoming less relevant, and therefore a certain proportion of my content is becoming less relevant with it. We are due to get an on-prem release of Oracle database 21c soon, and I’ll certainly be doing some installation articles for that, but how many more releases after that will need installation articles? How many more releases will require traditional DBA content? At some point we’ll be using cloud-based data services, so people like me won’t be installing or patching stuff anymore. What does that mean for my content?

Of course, if I’m still working I will still be producing content. As followers of the blog know, writing stuff is part of my learning process, so every time I’m learning something new, you are likely to see some articles appear on that subject. The issue is, if the traditional DBA content stops being necessary, or I’m just not doing DBA work anymore, what sort of content will I be producing?

The short answer is I don’t really know. I don’t think any DBA knows what they will be doing in five years. I suspect I will be some form of developer, but I don’t really know what type of developer. I would imagine it would be data-related, but who knows…

If this post raises any questions in your mind, I’m afraid I’m not the person to answer them. It’s just a really odd time…



Author: Tim...

DBA, Developer, Author, Trainer.

6 thoughts on “How will my content change?”

  1. Hello Tim,

    Thank you for the valuable info you always share,
    Don’t worry there will always be on premises Databases and not on the cloud ,
    The traditional DBA content -specially the ones that you share-is always necessary


  2. Hi Tim, I totally agree with you, I think the future for current DBAs might be a mixture of development, db related tasks (not yet automated) and perhaps something else, but still being a nexus between app users and the data.

  3. Hi Tim.
    An year ago seen an article on Oracle blog. DataOps.
    I made some thoughts on it and matched how it will be in real world.
    My thoughts on DataOps Specialist went so:
    Data related work on Managed databases, Big Data, DWH.
    I just analyzed it and i can be entirely wrong.

  4. Praveen: I guess a lot of this depends on what you liked about DBA work in the first place. For some people a move to development may give them more of what they want. For others a different direction may be more appropriate. I don’t think there is a single “natural” choice. Each person is different.

  5. Hi Tim.
    I think what I wrote sounds ridiculous for you because you know technical parts well.
    I do not know when you went for a job search 😉 or at least read job openings. Please spend an hour reading them you have a lol session.
    Please understand the funny part in the interview processes/job market in Germany and US.
    How the companies and recruiters advertise now-a-days is another thing.
    They are asking questions very seriously related to Managed databases, Big Data, DWH and should be capable to architect and transit too.
    That’s what they are saying with DataOps Specialist.

  6. Praveen: I don’t think it’s ridiculous. I just think people enjoy different aspects of the job, and that may determine which route they want to take. Some people may use this as an opportunity to move in a different direction.

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