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Geis hit the ground running, asking constructive questions such as, “‘How can we make this better? How can we improve it? How can we fix this and fix that?’ That was all on me, and I thought that was neat.”
After 13 years with Humana/ChoiceCare, Geis decided it was time to move on, and the next logical step was dbaDIRECT, where he has been for two years.
“It was a big change. ChoiceCare was a very stable environment. The same problems kept coming up. You knew what to do: no-brainer. That can be good and bad, [as] you don’t learn as much in that kind of environment,” he said. “This kind of environment is definitely busier, but I learned a whole bunch more because it’s a whole separate set of problems.”
Geis said he feels secure in his job because there is a current demand for DBAs that will only grow, and in his opinion, no technology can make his position totally obsolete.
“They’re always going to be needed,” he said. “There’s more to the database than just a database. There are things outside that are totally out of [our] control, like people. People sometimes use the database incorrectly and do things that corrupt it. The operating system itself can have problems and affect the database. Somebody will always need to get in there and investigate that.”
– Lindsay Edmonds Wickman, firstname.lastname@example.org
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