IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - December 2017 - 30
Four options for finding a
database engineer exist:
1. Acquire one
2. Buy one
3. Build one
4. Convert one
The latter two options are far and away the most realistic.
"Building" a database engineer involves identifying
someone from your own IT department who can fill
the role. Obviously this individual would have the
knowledge of Power Systems running IBM i while
understanding your own business requirements. From
there, you'd provide additional education and training
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in areas such as SQL, query optimization, performance tuning and
specific Db2 solutions such as IBM
i Client Access for Windows* or
Data Studio. IBM Lab Services can
provide assistance in these areas.
"Converting" a database engineer is, essentially, the inverse of
building one. You have someone
in IT with database knowledge
such as a DBA working with Db2
for Linux*, UNIX* and Windows
(LUW). Then you get this individual up to speed on IBM i.
"They already know about
80 percent of what they need to
know about database," says Cain.
"The biggest risk is they need to
accept the new platform, because
some things will be different. But
those that fully embrace IBM i,
they love it. It's like 'Wow, I don't
have to do the adminis-trivial?
I can just do the business stuff?
This is awesome.' "
A final point: Your need for a
database engineer may be temporary. This is actually Cain's "buy"
option. For instance, if you're dealing with a specific performance
issue, you could contract with Lab
Services, which makes its technicians available to work at client
sites on a short-term basis.
The role of a database engineer
extends beyond IT. The
database engineer interacts with
business leaders and strategists,
communicating IT's goals and
priorities. In addition to being
properly educated and trained,
it's essential that the position be
"The database engineer must
have both the responsibility and
the authority to do the job, which
involves modifying the IT shop
over time to make sure that data is
a strategic part of the business,"
says Cain. "It's basically a matter
of having the organizational willpower to support this person."