Database Specialists: Main Duties and Responsibilities (01:04)
Mike Hillanbrand is a database administrator and developer for a major U.S. company. He manages vendors, vendor software, and allocated databases. He stores information in a chronological basis.
Database Specialists: Career Beginnings (02:38)
The television show "Time Tunnel" Hillanbrand's interest in computers. He joined the navy and received computer training; he learned 9 programming languages in 10 years.
Database Specialists: Keys for Success (01:16)
Skills include: a solid math background, good oral and written communication skills, the ability to present data information in graphical form, and a mindset that nothing is impossible. Put customers first.
Database Specialists: Education and Certification Requirements (01:46)
A bachelor's degree in computer science is often recommended as the starting point; nontraditional education methods can be successful. Obtain certification from the vendors of available primary products such as Oracle and Microsoft. Stay abreast of current technologies.
Database Specialists: Workplace Atmosphere (02:07)
Most database specialists work 40-50 hours a week and are on-call one week out of six. Hillanbrand travels less than 5% of the time. The pace is hectic but the utility company is a tight-knight, supportive community.
Database Specialists: Advice for Aspiring Pros (01:20)
Be as useful as possible in as many places as possible. Know your strengths and weaknesses and those of your colleagues. Have a solid understanding of SQL.
Database Specialists: Day on the Job (01:47)
Hillanbrand starts his day with a cup of coffee and a meeting; interaction with colleagues can be intense, but collegial. He verifies priorities with his boss and attends a problem solution meeting. Many specialists work from home one day a week.
Database Specialists: Industry Goals and Services (01:10)
It is imperative that databases run quick and smooth; indexes are important. The industry has a responsibility to vendor code at the highest and most current and secure level.
Database Specialists: Industry Challenges (02:02)
The primary challenges for information technology, including databases, are cyber-security and the lack of qualified employees.
Database Specialists: Looking at the Future (01:38)
Hillabrand discusses the push for the "Internet of Things." SQL databases will remain. Cyber-security provides the biggest opportunities. There will always be work in databases.
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