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Database Administration and Support: The Advantages of Outsourcing

In the modern business environment, managers are tasked with reducing costs and increasing the efficiency of the day to day operations. One way to accomplish this is to first identify any areas in the business that should be outsourced. The IT department is usually of those areas with very skilled and well-paid staff members that can be replaced, without compromising on quality of services rendered to the company.

Currently, lots of companies are outsourcing their DBA (database administration tasks) to database specialists who are able to deliver outstanding remote services at a fraction of the cost of maintaining in-house personnel. There are a number of reasons why remote database admin services (RDBAs) are the more sensible option. Let’s take a look at four of those reasons below:

Lowering costs

One of the main benefits a company can reap from outsourcing is the reduction in operational costs. If your company were to hire a database administration specialist, you would have to pay them a full-time salary plus benefits to maintain them. This cost is however significantly lower with outsourcing, because you only pay for what you need.

A reduction in costs does not translate to poor quality services though; you can in fact expect better quality services, since the work is handled by highly competent people.

Increased efficiency

Remote DBA services have years of experience in serving the needs of a number of complex database projects. They know what it takes to administer and provide support for nearly all kinds of databases. For this reason, they are able to provide innovative solutions when required, while eliminating potential problems that could negatively impact productivity. By optimizing the IT operations of the company, the bottom line improves.

Accessing skilled resources

You can now access skilled resources without needing to invest in the often expensive recruiting and training process. Database administrators have a high level of specialized training, so it would take considerable resources to have some of your staff trained. Outsourcing allows you to access a pool of highly skilled experts as soon as you need them. This means you not only save on costs, but time as well. Your company also benefits immensely from having your database administered and supported by people who know what they are doing.

Focus shifts to core areas

What would you say is your company’s core offering? Is it OK to waste company time and resources on technical operations, such as database administration? For most companies, it would be prudent to streamline operations in order to focus on improving their offering. Outsourcing your database support and administration is a way to complement your existing staff, by offloading routine tasks that would otherwise eat into the company’s time.
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