Segments in this Video

Database Specialists: Main Duties and Responsibilities (01:04)


Mike Hillanbrand is a database administrator and developer for a major U.S. company. He manages vendors, vendor software, and allocated databases. He stores information in a chronological basis.

Database Specialists: Career Beginnings (02:38)

The television show "Time Tunnel" Hillanbrand's interest in computers. He joined the navy and received computer training; he learned 9 programming languages in 10 years.

Database Specialists: Keys for Success (01:16)

Skills include: a solid math background, good oral and written communication skills, the ability to present data information in graphical form, and a mindset that nothing is impossible. Put customers first.

Database Specialists: Education and Certification Requirements (01:46)

A bachelor's degree in computer science is often recommended as the starting point; nontraditional education methods can be successful. Obtain certification from the vendors of available primary products such as Oracle and Microsoft. Stay abreast of current technologies.

Database Specialists: Workplace Atmosphere (02:07)

Most database specialists work 40-50 hours a week and are on-call one week out of six. Hillanbrand travels less than 5% of the time. The pace is hectic but the utility company is a tight-knight, supportive community.

Database Specialists: Advice for Aspiring Pros (01:20)

Be as useful as possible in as many places as possible. Know your strengths and weaknesses and those of your colleagues. Have a solid understanding of SQL.

Database Specialists: Day on the Job (01:47)

Hillanbrand starts his day with a cup of coffee and a meeting; interaction with colleagues can be intense, but collegial. He verifies priorities with his boss and attends a problem solution meeting. Many specialists work from home one day a week.

Database Specialists: Industry Goals and Services (01:10)

It is imperative that databases run quick and smooth; indexes are important. The industry has a responsibility to vendor code at the highest and most current and secure level.

Database Specialists: Industry Challenges (02:02)

The primary challenges for information technology, including databases, are cyber-security and the lack of qualified employees.

Database Specialists: Looking at the Future (01:38)

Hillabrand discusses the push for the "Internet of Things." SQL databases will remain. Cyber-security provides the biggest opportunities. There will always be work in databases.

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Database Specialist—Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight

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What is it like to be a database specialist? In this Career Q&A video interview, Michael Hillanbrand talks about his career path, what he does on the job, and the keys to success managing databases. He also offers candid advice on breaking into the profession as well as insight into the industry’s biggest challenges and how the field may change in the next ten years.

Length: 17 minutes

Item#: BVL138543

ISBN: 978-1-64023-619-6

Copyright date: ©2017

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