The DBA is Dead! Long Live the DBA!

What is the future of the DBA and what technologies should I be focused on? In this episode, we attempt to look into the crystal ball and give our take on the future of work for the data platform professional. We focus our conversation around two listener-provided questions about the best way to stay educated in an ever-changing landscape. The DBA is dead. Long live the DBA. Join the discussion.

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00:38     Intro to the team and topic
01:54     Compañero Shout-Outs
02:52     Please give us a review wherever you get your podcasts
03:30     Two related questions from listeners about DBA Education
06:54     Your education is your responsibility to control
09:49     You can learn at the margins
12:56     Start by asking yourself what you enjoy doing
16:07     Eugene’s thoughts on going the independent consultant route
18:55     There’s a trend toward forced generalization
22:18     Expand your personal network and ask people for their thoughts and experiences
26:15     Other good ideas: start presenting, talk to your manager about your interests
28:16     Thoughts on certifications…reasons to do/not do them
30:38     James’s question of which technologies to choose
35:46     Joseph’s question of who to meet people when you work alone
37:37     Last thoughts from Eugene, Carlos and Kevin
41:03     Closing Thoughts

Education is on you. It’s ultimately your responsibility. You have to look out for number one, because no one else is going to look out for you in the end of it.

Kevin Feasel

Meet the Hosts

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Carlos Chacon

With more than 10 years of working with SQL Server, Carlos helps businesses ensure their SQL Server environments meet their users’ expectations. He can provide insights on performance, migrations, and disaster recovery. He is also active in the SQL Server community and regularly speaks at user group meetings and conferences. He helps support the free database monitoring tool found at and provides training through SQL Trail events.

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Eugene Meidinger

Eugene works as an independent BI consultant and Pluralsight author, specializing in Power BI and the Azure Data Platform. He has been working with data for over 8 years and speaks regularly at user groups and conferences. He also helps run the GroupBy online conference.

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Kevin Feasel

Kevin is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and proprietor of Catallaxy Services, LLC, where he specializes in T-SQL development, machine learning, and pulling rabbits out of hats on demand. He is the lead contributor to Curated SQL, president of the Triangle Area SQL Server Users Group, and author of the books PolyBase Revealed (Apress, 2020) and Finding Ghosts in Your Data: Anomaly Detection Techniques with Examples in Python (Apress, 2022). A resident of Durham, North Carolina, he can be found cycling the trails along the triangle whenever the weather's nice enough.

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