I was wondering what the difference is between database administrators and data administrators.
David Marco's Answer: A database administrator (DBA) is responsible for the efficient running of the databases (relational or object) within a corporation. The DBA will install the database, make software upgrades, size the database, add indexes where necessary, create physical tables and partition the database as it as necessary. The data administrator can have varying definitions depending on the corporation. The most common definition is the person(s) responsible for data standards throughout the corporation. These standards will include data naming standards and field domain values. Often the data administrator will be the lead person in the building and maintaining of a meta data repository.
Larissa Moss's Answer: Database administrators are TECHNICIANS, while data administrators are BUSINESS ANALYSTS. Their roles and responsibilities are as follows:
DATABASE ADMINISTRATOR (technician):
DATA ADMINISTRATOR (business analyst):
Sid Adelman's Answer: Database administrators do the physical work: database design, backup and recovery, performance monitoring and tuning and physical modeling. Data administrators do the logical modeling, support the meta data repository and understand the data across the enterprise.
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