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Would Extra Funding Make Your Life as a DBA Easier? | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

You have thave the pull to request funding for projects

Database administrators are responsible for key tasks throughout the organization, including maintaining data performance and security, among plenty of other critical roles. With so many responsibilities and first-hand experience, DBAs have the pull to request funding for projects. Unfortunately, not all of these staff members are successful in earning such finances.

Go to the higher-ups

The key to receiving any funding for projects is to communicate with stakeholders early on in the process. DBAs should emphasize the backup windows, security and scope when explaining the initiative to the higher-ups.

It is also important to remember that stakeholders are also invested in what DBAs oversee. Showing how the project will benefit the entire organization should improve the chances of receiving funding.

Justify the costs

Companies are not likely to hand over a check for any funding until they understand all the costs involved. DBAs must not only present the idea of what they plan to do with the money for their project, they must also justify the expenditures required, as well as show how the business will achieve greater efficiency or reduced data warehousing costs.

DBAs able to present all of these points will be in great position to convince their employers to get behind their vision.

Highlight the cross-department benefits

If project funding is allocated to just one department - IT - it could actually harm a DBA's chances of receiving assistance. Employees will fare far better if they highlight how other corporate teams will benefit from the project, as well as detail how the money will support the company's corporate goals.

Emphasize disasters

Organizations, regardless of size or industry, can experience disruptions that negatively harm operational efficiency. For DBAs looking to receive funding, this is the perfect opportunity to focus on the damages caused by disasters. By telling stakeholders that the money will go toward improving response capabilities, DBAs should improve their chances of fulfilling their goals.

Don't be afraid to fail

DBAs are unlikely to always succeed in asking for funding, so it is important to not give up if stakeholders continue to reject proposals. Personnel who press on by updating their projects to address any concerns the higher-ups have will show they have a drive that may impress corporate leaders to reconsider their stance.

By following these simple yet effective tips, DBAs should achieve the results they crave for their projects.

More Stories By Reza Koohrang

Reza Koohrangpour is a product marketing manager at Idera responsible for the company's portfolio of SQL Server management tools and network and application performance management solutions.

Prior to joining Idera, Reza worked as a field sales consultant at Condusiv Technologies, and held roles as a senior technical product marketing manager and Cloud Services product manager (SaaS) at Dell, where he was responsible for the company's $70+M campus networking business and managing its PowerConnect, as well as M-Series Blades and Chassis C-Series family. He has also held engineering and research roles at Cisco, IBM and KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Reza was awarded a patent for System and Method for Integrating Asset Tagging with a Manufacturing Process and holds several certifications including Cisco CCNA, Advanced IP networking, PRP (SDLC) 1.0 and 2.0, and advanced switching and routing.

He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology, a Masters of Science from Chalmers tekniska högskola, and an MBA from the Texas A&M University Mays Business School.

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