In Part 1 of this three-part series, we discussed the impact of the Internet on database administrators (DBAs) and the challenges facing DBAs as they implement modern database systems. However, the Internet is but one facet of modern database systems. Indeed, database management systems are changing and growing more complex with each new version and release.

Database management systems (DBMSs) are taking on more functionality and being used for more than ever before. Today's databases do not just store data – they also store processes that act upon that data. Stored procedures, triggers and user-defined functions managed by the DBMS place new requirements on database administrators.

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