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Why You Should Use a Remote DBA

2012 June 25
by Shannon Lowder

Many companies are looking for database administrators today, I did a quick scan on a few job boards. There are nearly 800 DBA roles listed. After working with several smaller companies that didn’t know they needed a DBA, I think the number of companies needing a DBA is significantly higher than that. While all of these companies have a need for DBA services, few of them actually need a permanent DBA on staff.

You aren’t in the business of running a database

TPS ReportThese companies are in the business of building widgets, or counting sales figures, or filing out TPS reports. Basically they make money by doing things other than managing that database.

If they bring on a full time DBA, that will force them to take their focus off their core business, and focus on managing the new employee. That time and energy would be better spent focusing on what makes them money. To be honest, few of these companies know how to manage their databases, let alone a database administrator.

At Hive Mind Consulting, I’ve worked to build a team that does nothing more than concentrate on making SQL Server work more effectively for companies. That’s our business. It’s what drives us. Let us help you manage your databases. We can share our years of experience with you, so you don’t have to dilute your time learning to manage your databases on your own!

That frees you up to drive your business.

 

You want lower costs

Let’s say you hire the median DBA, Just average in every way, not a Rockstar or an Ozar, but an average DBA. That’ll cost you about $87,490. But then you have to cover Social Security, part of their health insurance, time off, retirement. You have to buy him or her a computer to work with. You have to buy space for them to work in. You’re looking at more than $125,000 to hire that median DBA.

Working with a remote or outsourced DBA saves you all those extra costs, right off the bat, an instant $37,000 in savings. We already have our machines and processes in place to help you maintain your SQL Servers. You don’t have to buy those machines, pay for the real estate for our cubicles, and you don’t have the additional costs of benefits and taxes!

We can also work with you to figure out how much, or little you need to manage your servers. At Hive Mind Consulting, we can provide you multiple tiers of service, each one tailored to how your business works, and how you want your database servers to run for you! These packages provide you access to our team of database administrators. That’s right, working with Hive Mind means you’re getting a whole team of administrators, not just one! Our basic level of support provides you a team of DBAs for less than the cost of a single DBA on-site!

You want the best talent

One of the core values we have at Hive Mind Consulting is improvement. We’re always pushing ourselves to be better than we were the day before. We do that by studying SQL Server constantly. We go out of our way to learn new things about what SQL Server can do, and how to apply these techniques to new situations. This time and effort can cost money. While a majority of our training is free, some of it can be very costly.

At Hive Mind Consulting, we make that investment – our clients don’t have to. As a result, our clients get access to the best talent without having to cover those costs. Our talent is already senior level, we’re pushing them all into complete mastery. Why would you want anything less?

If you’re considering hiring a database administrator, and you want to make sure you’re getting the most for your money, call us at 704.hive.911, or email us at partners@hivemindconsulting.net. We can craft a solution from full service DBA, to on-demand consulting. Let us help you find the best solution for your company.

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