What to Look for in an Oracle Database Administrator

Congratulations! Either you’ve just purchased a new Oracle Database or you’ve been running one for some time – either way, you already understand the value of using what is widely regarded as the best database in the world.

Since you’re reading this article, it’s clear that you also understand how important it is to have a skilled and experienced database administrator to manage and optimize your Oracle Database. After all, it takes a talented Oracle Database Administrator to get the most out of the complex Oracle Database.

If you’re looking to secure the best Oracle Database Administrator for your company, whether in house or outsourced, these top tips will help you determine what to look for.

1. In-Depth Oracle Database Experience

The Oracle Database is powerful beyond belief, and a powerful tool requires an experienced technician at the helm. While certification for other databases can be a simple affair, Oracle DBA certification is often a lifetime pursuit, requiring experts to layer skill upon skill, so they can confidently manage the tightly integrated Oracle Database systems with ease and speed.

Considering how important and expensive your Oracle Database was, you do not want to trust it to a rookie.

2. Full-Stack Understanding

Your Oracle Database is the key connecting piece of your overall technology puzzle, which means its functionality can affect every level in your full technology stack – from your infrastructure to your middleware to your applications.

Since your database is linked to each of these layers, you’ll need to ensure that your Oracle Database Administrator is also linked to each of these layers. You need a DBA with comprehensive, in-depth, full-stack expertise. A professional like that can be tough to find.

3. Attention to Detail

To best manage that tightly woven, full-stack integration of your Oracle Database, you’ll also want to ensure that your Oracle Database Administrator is extremely detail oriented. After all, a single oversight on his or her part can cause a domino effect that cascades through your entire system.

In addition, you’ll also want to make sure you’re not overloading your Oracle DBA. As we all know, even the most detail-oriented person can let things slip through the cracks when they’re overwhelmed, so you’ll want to make sure you give your Oracle Database Administrator enough time, space, and resources to do their job effectively. This may mean you need to hire more than one.

4. Creative Problem-Solving Abilities

These days in life, there are three constants: death, taxes, and the speed of technological change. What this means at your company is that you’ll need to choose an Oracle Database Administrator who can see the angles and opportunities in each new technological advance, and who can optimize your Oracle Database to take advantage of them all.

Since your Oracle Database is going to last for a decade or more, that means you’ll need to find a DBA with impressive foresight and a “go get ‘em” attitude that keeps your company on the cutting edge. In short, you’ll need a creative problem solver.

5. A Comprehensive Network of Resources

While you need to focus on finding a well-rounded, highly experienced professional to manage your Oracle Database, you’ll also have to accept the fact that no single candidate you hire will ever be able to know everything or do everything to manage, optimize, and integrate your Oracle Database. Sometimes they’ll need to call for additional resources.

The right Oracle Database Administrator for your company will have a large network of resources and trusted experts they can rely on for help when they need it – because, think about it, if the issue your DBA is facing is so huge that she or he can’t handle it in house, it’s probably also causing serious business disruption. You need your DBA to contact and schedule resources ASAP, so you can get back to full business productivity fast. If your DBA has to waste time searching for the best third-party consultant to address the problem… well, that’s a problem in itself.

Hire the Right Oracle Database Administrator – Hassle Free

As you can see, finding the best Oracle Database Administrator for the job can be difficult. Of course, an additional obstacle in your way is the ever-increasing tech skills gap we’re facing here in the U.S. In order to attract and retain top talent, you’ll need to have the resources to offer top compensation – and for many businesses, that simply isn’t an option.

So, what can you do to ensure that you get the Oracle Database Administrator skills you need at a cost you can afford? Outsource the task to the Oracle Database experts.

Centroid: Your Oracle Database Administrator On-Demand

Tap into over 20 years of Oracle Database expertise, full tech-stack experience, a virtually unlimited number of on-demand professionals, and a talented team of tech aficionados who can give your Oracle Database the care and attention it deserves.

When you’ve got Centroid on your side, you can trust that you’ll always have access to the Oracle DBA skills you need — when you need them — so you can focus on the more important things, like growing your business.


Contact Centroid to find out more about your options for outsourcing to an Oracle Database Administrator, so you can take care of the DBA hiring issue sooner rather than later.