Nearly all companies need database administrators–but not all companies need a full time DBA. Sometimes you might need “half a DBA.” Sometimes it’s for a one-time need, such as during a transition to a new platform or a surge in overflow work. Other times there’s a persistent need for such fractional services, such as providing overnight support, or covering for DBAs on vacation or family leave. Many companies also maintain databases that do not require the services of a full time DBA, but do need to be monitored and maintained.
This white paper explores 10 reasons you might need “half a DBA.” But how realistic is that? How can you hire half a person? We examine the conventional difficulties associated with finding exactly the services your organization needs, and propose solutions that will enable your organization to obtain the coverage needed at an affordable price.