Apr 13, 2017
It's interesting to look at the data business and how companies view DBAs, database developers, BI developers, data scientists, and more. There are some companies that really see value in our services, and I'm grateful for that. I've been gainfully employed for well over two decades to work with data. There isn't much standardization in our jobs or what we're expected to do, but I've grown comfortable with that. That's one of the reasons the people working with me, my coworkers, are more important than the work. The work is the work.
As our systems become more advanced, there is concern over how much less some of our skills might be needed with new AI type systems. Will the move to smarter systems mean there will be more opportunity for us? Or less? Certainly in the long term there might be less jobs if systems become really capable, but in the short term I don't think so. As much as Microsoft has improved SQL Server, and they've done great things with easier HA configs, the Query Store, Adaptive Query Processing (coming) and more, they aren't replacing many of us. Maybe a few, but I think there's still lots of technical work.
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