Women in Systems and Database Administration

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Women in Systems and Database
Administration

Runa Purmessur
-
Jheelan

Database Administrator

Government Online Centre

17
th

May 2012

Most
Influential Women in the
ICT
Industry

IBM

-

Ginni

Rometty,

President

and

Chief

Executive

Officer

CISCO

-

Padmasree

Warrior,

Senior

Vice

President

Engineering

/

Chief

Technology

Officer
.

Intel

-

Diane

M
.

Bryant,

Vice

President

and

General

Manager

of

the

Datacenter

and

Connected

Systems

Group


Exceptional DBA of 2010

Tracy

Hamlin

was

selected

as

Exceptional

DBA

of

2010

in

the

largest

vote

in

the

three
-
year

history

of

the

awards

program
.

Exceptional

DBAs

ensure

everything

is

running

at

its

best

by

monitoring

the

system

and

staying

in

touch

with

users
.


Where we use databases ?


Banks


Airlines


Government


YouTube


Google


Facebook


Yahoo


E
-
Commerce Sites e.g. Amazon,
Ebay


Address books


Student’s Information


Telecom Companies etc...

Since

most

modern

organization

of

any

size

use

a

DBMS,

the

need

for

a

database

administrator

(DBA)

is

greater

today

than

ever

before
.


Some Database vendors



Oracle Database


IBM / DB2


Microsoft SQL Server


Sybase


Teradata and more…


Database

Administrator

(DBA)

and

System

Administrator

(SA)


SA

is

responsible

for

all

parts

of

the

computer

network

(hardware),

such

as

user

accounts,

computer

accounts
,

email

accounts,

etc
.

The

System

Administrator

is

specialized

in

the

network

server

operating

systems
.



A

DBA

would

deal

specifically

with

all

aspects

of

one

or

more

databases
.

The

Database

Administrator

will

be

highly

specialized

with

the

specific

database

server

and

client

software
.



The

SA

and

DBA

need

to

assist

each

other

for

optimizing

resources

on

the

hardware

and

the

databases
.


The Database Administrator JOB Also known as DBA


Administers
,

maintains,

enhances

and

supports

the

database

production

and/or

development

environment
.



Day
-
to
-
day

object

management

of

any

or

all

of

the

following
:




Users



Tables

and

Indexes



Synonyms

and

Procedures



Packages

and

Triggers



Views

and

Database

links



Sequences

and

functions
.


The DBA job description (continued ..)


Provides

performance

monitoring/regular

monitoring

of

the

database
.



Ensures

database

integrity




Undertakes

performance

tuning,

indexing,

segmentation

and

database

recovery
.



Provides

on
-
site

and

remote

support

-

second

and

third

level

support
.



Looks

at

the

performance

and

scalability

of

a

database
.


Personal Attributes of a DBA

Ability to
cope with
stress

Adaptability/

Flexibility

Analytical
Thinking

Attention to
Detail

Dependability

Innovation
-

“thinking
out of the
box”

Integrity

Are DBAs predominantly male ?

IT

jobs

account

for

more

men

than

women

in

the

world
.


Being

a

DBA

is

a

really

good

opportunity

for

women
.


I

think

women

might

be

naturally

more

organized,

and

creating

and

managing

a

database

involves

a

lot

of

order

and

organization
.




Women

in

ICT





The

National

Center

for

Women

and

Information

Technology

2010

Scorecard

notes

that

although

women

earned

52
%

of

math

and

science

degrees,

59
%

of

biology

degrees,

and

42
%

of

mathematics

degrees,

they

only

earned

18
%

of

all

computer

and

information

sciences

degrees
.

(
2011
)



While

the

number

of

women

who

use

computers

is

increasing,

fewer

and

fewer

are

studying

computer

science

at

university
.




2010 Statistics of Mauritius



Generally

men

are

more

likely

to

be

able

to

use

a

computer

than

women
.




Usage

of

computers

peaked

in

the

age

group

12

to

19

years

to

decrease

with

age
.

Only

in

this

particular

age

group,

women

were

more

likely

than

men

to

use

a

computer
.


Usage of computers by age group
and sex, 2010

My Experience in ICT


In

1999
,

I

graduated

in

Computer

Science


Started

my

ICT

career

at

Harel

Mallac

as

Support

Engineer

for

2

years


Joined

Call

Services

Ltd

(MT

Group)

as

Systems

Engineer

for

almost

3

years


Systems

Analyst

at

the

Ministry

of

Information

Technology

for

nearly

a

year


Since

2005
,

I

joined

the

Government

Online

Centre

-

National

Computer

Board

as

Database

Administrator
.



The

Government

Online

Centre

(GOC)

is

the

centralised

data

centre

to

provide

Government

services

to

citizen,

business

persons,

government

officers

and

non
-
citizens

abroad
.




Operational

since

May

2005
,

the

GOC

is

managed

by

the

National

Computer

Board

(NCB)
.



Services

offered

are

Government

web

portal

(www
.
gov
.
mu),

internet

and

email

to

the

government

users,

E
-
services

for

citizens

and

application

for

the

government
.

The

GOC

staff

comprises

of

one

third

of

women

working

in

its

technical

team
.


The Government Online Center (GOC)


It

is

indeed

with

pride

I

would

say

that

I

contribute

to

the

smooth

day

to

day

operations

of

my

organization
.



IT

people

are

individuals

who

are

fairly

intelligent

and

usually

skilled

professionals
.

The

benefit

of

surrounding

yourself

with

such

people

enhances

your

own

technical

aptitude

and

empowers

your

keen

technical

sense
.



Database

Administrators

are

often

on
-
call

(
24
/
7
)
.

This

position

carries

an

enormous

amount

of

responsibility

which

is

challenging
.



Challenges of System/DBA

-
Degree

in

Computer

Science



-
Develop

a

core

competency

in

computer

science

and

database

technology


-
1
-
3

years

of

technical

experience


-
1
-
3

months

of

formal

training












DBA Skills and Qualifications

Certain

certifications

allow

you

to

be

competitive

for

a

wider

range

of

DBA

jobs

-
Oracle

Certified

Professional

program

allows

you

to

earn

an

initial

certification

as

an

Oracle

Certified

Associate
.


-
Microsoft

certifications

such

as

Certified

Application

Specialist

program


-
MySQL

certifications
.



-
Taking

advantage

of

training

programs

will

help

further

your

career

both

within

your

current

organization,

as

well

as

opening

up

opportunities

for

career

options

Major Barriers




Adjusting

the

family

with

work

since

ICT

is

always

fast

and

dynamic
.



Lack

of

career

awareness

and

labour

market

information

that

profiles

the

"real

world"

applications

of

IT

and

the

contribution

women

have

made

to

the

sector



Few

visible

role

models

for

young

women



A

workplace

culture

characterized

as

an

“old

boys”

club

Encouraging Girls/Women in ICT


Organise

events

for

teenage

girls

and

university

students

to

spend

the

day

at

offices

of

ICT

companies
,

government

agencies

or

academic

institutions
.




Provide

cooperative,

hands
-
on

learning

experiences
.

When

classes

are

cross
-
disciplinary

(e
.
g
.
,

relating

computer

science

to

real
-
world

applications

like

health,

politics,

and

art),

more

girls

are

likely

to

sign

up

and

stay

with

it
.



Encouraging Girls/Women in ICT




Hold

a

girls
-
only

class
.

Girls

are

more

likely

to

participate

when

boys

are

not

present
.





Introduce

female

role

models

in

the

technology

field
.


The Future


The

number

of

database

and

system

administrators

is

expected

to

grow

much

faster

than

the

average

for

all

IT

occupations

as

they

are

people

needed

to

maintain

those

computer

hardware

and

networks

that

host

the

databases
.

.



The

Internet

and

e
-
commerce

will

continue

to

expand,

resulting

in

a

continuing

need

to

build

and

maintain

databases
.




Cloud

Computing
:

Cloud,

Mobile

Apps,

Public

Storage

Are

Top

IT

Trends

for

2012

and

Beyond
:

Gartner
.


Whether

you

are

an

Oracle

database

administrator

or

an

in
-
house

administrator

in

charge

of

customizing

the

company's

databases,

this

is

a

rewarding

job

with

plenty

of

challenges

as

well

as

plenty

of

perks
.

T
HANK

Y
OU