New Database Administration Trends Study Published

  • New Technologies, Challenges and Responsibilities Documented in New Study from Database Trends and Applications and Quest Software

New Providence, NJ (1/12/2018) – Database Trends and Applications and Quest Software today announced the publication of a survey on new database administration trends. To gain insight into the evolving challenges of DBAs, Quest Software commissioned Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, to survey more than 200 database professionals and managers at organizations across North America amongst the subscribers of Database Trends and Applications.

Over the last 10 years, major trends in technology have shaped and reshaped the ongoing role of the DBA, making their role more valuable than ever in many organizations,” said Dr. Elliot King, lead analyst and author of the survey. "Not only do DBAs manage both more database instances and a wider variety of relational database management systems, they are emerging as key influencers in the overall data management infrastructure.”

Amongst the findings, the survey shows that cloud technology currently plays a significant role in database hosting that will continue to grow. The survey found that 45% of respondents are currently managing relational databases in the cloud. Another third anticipate managing relational databases in the cloud within a year. The incorporation of cloud technologies will be the biggest challenge and, ultimately, will have the greatest impact on DBAs over the next three years. 

The survey also found that automation is a key factor in changing the way DBAs go about their responsibilities, as RDBMS vendors, database tools vendors, and cloud services provide vehicles for DBAs to more effectively perform their duties. By reducing the amount of time DBAs must spend on routine administrative tasks, automation is allowing them to expand their roles in other areas such as application development and other strategic IT initiatives.

 “As evidenced by this important new research, the role of today’s DBA is evolving as businesses increasingly adopt a variety of database platforms across the organization, both on premise and in the cloud, to manage the high volume of business critical data and applications across the organization,” said Patrick O’Keeffe, Executive Director, Software Engineering, Quest Software. “Easy-to-use and reliable automation tools will play a critical role in helping DBAs navigate the changing database ecosystem and empower them play an active role in the growth of their business.”

To download a copy of the survey report, click here.


About Database Trends and Applications

Database Trends and Applications (DBTA), published by Information Today, Inc., is a bi-monthly magazine, delivering advanced trends analysis and case studies in information management developed by a team with 25 years of market coverage experience. Visit for subscription information. DBTA also delivers groundbreaking research of unparalleled depth and foresight exclusively through its Unisphere Research group.


About Quest Information Management

Quest Information Management boasts a market leading portfolio of database management and performance monitoring solutions that support a variety of applications and database platforms, including Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, Hadoop, DB2, and SAP/Sybase. Our easy-to-use products help organizations better manage, protect, and ensure optimal performance of mission critical workloads across multi-database environments - on premise and in the cloud – from a common view. Flagship products include: Toad, Foglight for Databases, Spotlight and SharePlex.


About Quest Software

Quest Software helps customers solve complex technology problems with simple solutions. At Quest, we believe the right technology eliminates the need to choose between efficiency and effectiveness. With Quest solutions, companies of all sizes can reduce the time and money spent on IT administration and security, so you have more time to focus on and invest in business innovation. Quest has more than 100,000 customers worldwide across its portfolio of software solutions spanning information management, data protection, endpoint systems management, identity and access management, and Microsoft platform management. For more information, visit