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May 2010, Vol. 2

DBA career paths could lead to business intelligence

One of the most common questions heard from database professionals regarding their careers is, "How do I move up?" While titles and certifications are all well and good, success is measured by more than just a piece of paper in the current economy. During a time when most organizations are tightening their belts, promotions can be tough to come by. One of the issues IT professionals often run into is the lack of a clear-cut career path. Oftentimes, once a DBA has done a particular job for a while, he or she tends to hit a wall in terms of career growth. "Unfortunately the IT world is kind of bottlenecked in a way," said Kevin Kline, a technical strategy manager for SQL Server solutions with Quest Software Inc. "After a certain amount of time, typically to get more salary growth, you have to make the jump into management. Otherwise you kind of top out as a technologist eventually. " Kline is scheduled to speak on the fundamentals of IT management at PASS 2009. He said that the major roadblock facing IT and database professionals ...

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