Managing the Life Cycle of Business: Database Managers as Super Heroes
You probably never thought of database managers as super heroes. None wear the capes and tights you normally see on super heroes neither are any endowed with any super powers. When you really get right down to it database managers are the core component to any business. So in essence they are super heroes.
Business life cycles are important to manage and overview. You know the life cycle of your business determines whether or not your business survives. For instance, a downturn in the economy can affect your business in one or two ways. You could lose everything or maintain your business. If you have a clear understanding of the life cycle, you are more likely to be able to maintain your business.
Since businesses all run by data points, database management is an important component of business. Database managers help make sense of the data. They do this by:
- Maintaining the databases-Information is set up and collected by databases that process the information into categories.
- Securing the databases-Sensitive information needs protection from would-be hackers. Data managers ensure that information remains secure.
- Updating and creating new databases-in every business life cycle it becomes necessary to update and create new databases to store and access information.
Database managers quite often are the “gurus” that others turn to when there are IT challenges. Some IT managers refer to this type of manager as someone in the “front lines.” It is true that database managers are responsible for the functionality of data streams and the infrastructure of the various computer systems. It is also often true that database managers sometimes have to think on their feet to come up with solutions to various IT issues. Their main responsibilities include:
- Making sure everyone knows how to use the database(s) correctly
- Ensuring all the data is collected and processed correctly and securely into database(s)
- Understanding how the data will be used and accessed by the organization
Database managers have an important role to play in the organization. In many cases they do the heavy lifting of making sure everyone understands and implements the processes and procedures to access and secure the organization’s data. Anyone who has ever experienced the frustration and panic that ensues when an important piece of data is missing should appreciate the database manager’s role.
No business runs in a vacuum. Database management is a necessary “evil” for some businesses as they need to keep on track of their clients. For data to be managed well, database managers need to have a keen understanding of how the data will be used. Although tracking data is probably the most popular process, there are other important processes for data.
Database Manager’s Super Powers
As mentioned earlier database managers take on many responsibilities. You might even say that these are super powers. When a business is just starting out, a database manager controls what data is collected and may even set up a series of procedures and protocols to capture it.
The data manager needs to understand the process in order to get the right information. A data manager can have the following roles:
- Data architect-In the very early stages data managers often help set and create workflows for data.
- Network engineer-This role is ongoing as new technologies and new ways of doing tasks develop over time.
- System Administrator-Probably the most important role in the database manager’s cache is the administrator role.
Database managers need to be detail oriented and communicative enough to help run the business.