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Oracle DBA Outsourcing Too Risky for Many

November 17, 2004

In this article we see that many companies consider outsourcing their DBA functions to be too risky:
The Cambridge, Mass-based research firm reported that 69% of the 52 enterprises it surveyed said they do not plan to outsource DBA tasks.
We also see that many companies consider the Oracle DBA to have institutional knowledge:
"While some are fearful of losing control of their database, outsourcing can be successful in a mature environment and when a majority of administrative tasks are automated," Yuhanna said. "When looking to outsource, companies need to understand the support structure and understand how problems will be handled."
However, most shops agree that certain types of DBA work can be outsourced:
Based on the survey, those firms that outsource or plan to outsource their database activities indicated that a key benefit was cost savings. Certain DBA tasks, such as backup and recovery, monitoring, tuning, upgrades, and troubleshooting could be outsourced successfully, Yuhanna said.
"Perform a cost benefit analysis and research the firm you plan to outsource your systems management to," Yuhanna said. "It can be done successfully and with ROI [return on investment]."


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