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Data Staffing Ratios
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Good morning. Two quick disclaimers before I ask this question: first, I did search the archives, but came up empty-handed, which seems odd… Also, I understand that attempting to reduce appropriate database staffing levels to simple metrics is (at best) imperfect and sloppy, and can even be detrimental as you try to right-size staffing levels related to managing data.
However….enquiring minds at the Senior Cabinet level would like to know.
So, what do your “database personnel to database” ratios look like? We have about 3,000 students and 33 databases…and one DBA. From my own point of view, I know how much we’ve grown, and how our dependence on data has grown, and how our DBA’s workload has grown, and how the risks and opportunity costs associated with having one (very capable) DBA have grown. But sometimes, simple, objective (though perhaps flawed) numbers are given what seems to be a disproportionate amount of attention….
Any information from your own institutions would be appreciated.