The Future of DBAs: History Rhymes

Eitan Blumin recently wrote a post about the future of the DBA career in which he talked about the rise of jack-of-all-trades IT professionals. It’s a good post. You should read it. I did, and over the last 20 years, I’m pretty sure I’ve read a dozen variations of that post.

There’s a saying: “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.”

To give an example, let’s rewind the clock back to 2008. Business Intelligence was all the rage. SQL Server shipped with Analysis Services, Integration Services, and Reporting Services all inside the box. I remember hearing, “You have to