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ITIL certification for DBAs – Part 1

 

In some point of your career as DBA you might have interacted with ITIL or at least your heard about it. ITIL is very common in the DBA workplace nowadays (moreover in larger companies) but no matter what level of involvement you have had I’m pretty sure at some point in you might asked yourself one of the following questions:

  • Do I need to get an ITIL certification? even if I’m not in a managerial position?
  • It is worth it to get an ITIL certification?
  • How a DBA fits in the ITIL framework?

In these two blog posts,  I will do my best to share my personal experience on how I got my ITIL v3 Foundations certification and also how this certification helped me to advance in my career.

First thing first, in order to make things a little bit clear I will down this post in two different areas:

  • What is ITIL and why is so important for DBA’s
  • How to prepare for the ITIL v3 Foundations certification exam

What is ITIL and why is so important for DBA’s:
ITIL stands for Information technology infrastructure library, and is a set of detailed practices for IT service management (ITSM) that focuses on aligning IT services with the needs of business.

ITIL Service Management Service Lifecycle, is split into 5 distinct lifecycle stages:

  • Service Strategy
  • Service Design
  • Service Transition
  • Service Operation
  • Continual Service Improvement

Each stage relies on service principles, processes, roles and performance measures, and each stage is dependent on the other lifecycle stages for inputs and feedback

More and more companies nowadays are (or did already) adopting this service management framework as part of the IT organization.

The day to day DBA activities maps perfectly within the ITIL processes; incident management, request fulfillment and change management are the most common areas where a DBA will be involved and that’s why it’s so critical and important for us to understand the ITIL framework in great detail.

Please stay tuned for the part 2 of this post.

I’m very experienced multi platform Database Administrator (Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL), working for large scale US based companies and some other companies around the world.

I have multiple Microsoft SQL Server certifications under my belt (MCP, MCTS, MCSA, MCSE), and currently taking the Microsoft Data Science program.

SQL Saturday #695 Guatemala

This is probably a very delayed post, but I have been really busy lately.

As mentioned in my previous post, I was accepted to participate as speaker in Guatemala’s 2018 SQL Saturday organized in past February by SQL PASS organization.

It was an amazing experience, a very busy day full of really interesting sessions and it was even more special for me because I had the chance to participate in this event in my home country (I currently live in United States).

Here are some pictures of the event:

I truly recommend DBAs to look for SQL Saturday events near your area, is just a matter to subscribe in the official SQL Saturday and lookup for events here.

By the way, for those who didn’t had the chance to attend this event and asked me about where they can download the presentation decks; you can use the links below:

SQL Server Health check
Advanced SQL Server troubleshooting with DVMs

Stay tune for more blog posts about SQL Server tips and tricks.

I’m very experienced multi platform Database Administrator (Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL), working for large scale US based companies and some other companies around the world.

I have multiple Microsoft SQL Server certifications under my belt (MCP, MCTS, MCSA, MCSE), and currently taking the Microsoft Data Science program.

Speaker at SQL Saturday’s Guatemala city 2018

I’m very thrilled to announce that I will be participating as speaker in this year’s SQL Saturday event in Guatemala city!

Here are the details of the two sessions I will be presenting on February 03:

Advance SQL Server troubleshooting with DMVs

DMVs are the best source to conduct an advance troubleshooting of a SQL Server instance.

In this session we will show how to use and the most important to understand the information provided by the Dynamic Management Views (DMVs).

SQL Server Health check

This session is about the importance of conducting regular health checks on your SQL Server instances to ensure that they are currently healthy, and continue to remain healthy.

Join me in this deep dive discussion of SQL Server best practices and guidelines about your SQL Server health.

What is a SQL Server health check?
Why we should perform a SQL Server health check regularly?
What tools we can use to perform a SQL Server health check?

As any SQL Saturday event organized by SQLPass you can register for free, it takes less than 5 minutes to get in and sign up.:

https://www.sqlsaturday.com/695/registernow.aspx

Looking forward to see you there!!!

I’m very experienced multi platform Database Administrator (Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL), working for large scale US based companies and some other companies around the world.

I have multiple Microsoft SQL Server certifications under my belt (MCP, MCTS, MCSA, MCSE), and currently taking the Microsoft Data Science program.