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Future of Database Management: How can a DBA Stay Relevant?

Posted by | On January 14th, 2015 | In Data Managament, Life & Business | Tags: , , ,

Changing Nature of Database Management

A few months ago I was presenting to a large audience on the topic of running SQL Server in the cloud in IaaS and PaaS. I was touting the auto install, auto management, and the auto patching capabilities. I mentioned the capability of Azure IaaS to auto provision an AlwaysOn cluster. I demoed the simple step of picking a ‘template’ and auto installing SQL Server. A gentleman sitting in the audience raised his hand and interrupted me, asking “Is the cloud going to get us DBAs out of a job one day?” There was silence for a few minutes in room……


Database Management, as we know today, has evolved over the last few decades. Starting with punch cards, programming circuit boards, physical manipulation of storage devices, etc. we have now arrived at the era of cloud computing. Provisioning a server today simply means going to a Web portal and clicking ‘Next’ a few times. Administration and Management tasks which used to a few hours just a few years ago, now have been reduced to few minutes or have been totally eliminated as a result of cloud computing.

Database Management as a trade is changing and in a few years’ time we could possibly see even more automation coming from platform related capabilities. This poses an interesting dilemma to DBAs, Server Admins, and professionals in similar areas who provide administration and instance / database level management and support. What should they do so they adapt and change with the changing times and technology landscape? How should they keep their skills relevant? Let’s explore what the change in technology is, how it came about, and what it means to the DBAs today, more important, what should a DBA do to stay relevant and in a job.
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DB Best: 2014 Year in Review

Posted by | On January 5th, 2015 | In DB Best News, Life & Business

After a short holiday break DB Best is already running at full speed into 2015 with dozens of active and upcoming projects, hundreds of new and exciting opportunities, and stronger than ever team!
Before we sweep you off your feet with all the exciting updates and news, let’s take a deep breath and recap on yet another busy and productive year with our Special Annual Achievements Infographic. Big shout out to all our partners, clients and our growing crew, who made it all happen! 2015 here we come!



No More Forgotten Children! DB Best Helps a Great Cause

Posted by | On December 12th, 2014 | In Data Managament, DB Best News, Life & Business, Web & Software Development

Christmas is a time of joy, miracles and giving. Everyone, and especially kids, are looking forward to it, decorating their homes, writing letters to Santa, and secretly hoping they will get exactly what they wished for. For many kids however the Holiday season becomes the saddest time of the year as their families are going through rough times.  The Forgotten Children Fund  (FCF) was founded by a group of kind-hearted and dedicated people in order to fix this terrible injustice. DB Best strongly believes that children are our future and that together we can make this world a brighter and better place, especially for those in need. We have been actively involved in a number of charity initiatives worldwide, and of course, when we found out that The Forgotten Children Fund was looking for help, we jumped right in without giving it a second thought!




The ultimate goal of the fund is to make the holiday a bit brighter for the maximum number of kids, who are experiencing hardship due too various reasons. Typically, the fund helps families, who are not assisted by other public or charitable organization. That is why volunteers perform a scrutinized screening and detailed research to identify these households, by creating multiple lists and reports. When FCF turned to us for help, they already had an ASP.NET website which allowed them to manage their daily tasks, but to make the data storage and report processing more efficient certain improvements were needed.

Being an expert in data management and database modernization, DB Best team was asked to expand multiple UI forms, which FCF volunteers used to collect and store data on families. Our team significantly improved performance, reports generation and usability of the website. The technology stack included ASP.NET & SQL Server, Reporting Services and Fast Search. These changes have drastically improved volunteers productivity so that they can devote more of their time to the actual act of giving.

All the work of DB Best had been performed for the The Forgotten Children Fund  was free of charge, and we are very honored and happy to have had an opportunity to contribute to such a wonderful and much needed cause.
This holiday season let’s make a difference together!

Fresh News from DB Best Ukraine

Posted by | On March 18th, 2014 | In DB Best News, Life & Business

Ukraine is back to the front pages and top news reports, and while all our friends and clients are getting concerned, team DB Best Ukraine has released a new fresh video, which makes you question all the news produced by the global media industry.

The city of Kharkov, where our Development Center is located, is getting ready for the spring time: municipality workers are fixing the alleys, construction workers are trying to finish their projects by summer, businesses working as usual.

DB Best Ukraine Team is working hard on multiple data base management and migration, custom development and modernization projects, including the new Microsoft SSMA upgrade project, which DB Best is developing in cooperation with our partner- Microsoft corporation. Our developers are actively working on the release of the new version of SSMA line of products. As a part of this project, we are planning to develop new features, which would allow Oracle to Azure migration, as well as database migration to MS SQL 2014, which is set to release in the nearest future.


DB Best Ukraine with the latest news from the “frontline” that will make you smile! :)

From DB Best Ukraine with Love

Posted by | On March 6th, 2014 | In DB Best News, Life & Business

Ukraine and its political crisis have stayed on the front pages of all the newspapers, and have been constantly broadcasted by the major TV Channels worldwide for several months now. One of the positive outcomes- at last almost everyone knows where Ukraine is located geographically! The informational flood in the media without any doubts leads to confusion, panic and uncertainty, especially on behalf of our clients, whose projects are being partially or entirely developed at DB Best Development Center in Ukraine.

Jokes aside, Ukraine is going through tough times, and we all hope for a peaceful conflict resolution in the nearest future. But not everything presented in the media should be taken for granted. Check out this short video DB Best Ukraine Team have put together.


DB Best is working hard to secure high-quality end products for all our clients!

DB Best: 2013 Year in Review

Posted by | On January 10th, 2014 | In DB Best News, Life & Business

Before we dive into 2014 with it’s new goals, challenges and opportunities, we would like to take a second to recap some of our top achievements in 2013. Big thanks to all our clients, partners and DB Best team who made it all happen! :)


Please, follow the link below to view the special summary infographics we’ve put together
DB BEST 2013 Year In Review


Let's Sing Happy Birthday!

Posted by | On July 27th, 2012 | In Life & Business

Happy Birthday to our inspirational leader, DB Best’s President and Co-Founder Irena Balin!


Team Behind DB Best: The Books We Read

Posted by | On July 5th, 2012 | In Life & Business

Today I decided to took a 10-minute walk around the office to see what my colleagues are doing. Can you imagine my surprise when I discovered that almost everyone was reading. I quickly turned on my camera and now you can see what sort of books make us tick.

Natalie, DBA maven – Windows PowerShell 2.0 Best Practices by Ed Wilson. “This guide captures the field-tested tips, real-world lessons, and candid advice of practitioners across the range of business and technical scenarios and across the scripting life cycle.”

Windows PowerShell 2.0 Best Practices (Best Practices (Microsoft))


Mike, creative juice - Graphic Design Now by Charlotte and Peter Fiell. “What is your vision for the future of graphic design?”
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Euro 2012 in Kharkiv: Oranjefans, German Fans, Armin van Buuren and Ukrainian Anthem

Posted by | On June 14th, 2012 | In Life & Business

Have you even heard Viva Hollandia and You Never Can Beat The Dutch? During the last week, the DB Best team in Kharkiv, Ukraine is having a great opportunity to learn all these songs while meeting thousands of Oranjefans – a crowd of the Netherlands National Football Team fans who travel around the world to support their favorite team – Oranje.

During the Euro 2012 European Football Championship, Kharkiv hosts all 3 games where Oranje plays their opponents: Denmark (June 9), Germany (June 12) and Portugal (June 17).

On June 13, our Kharkiv crew attended yet another open-air festival – Oranjeplein – at Euro 2012 fan zone on Freedom Square. It lasted several hours, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m, before the Netherlands-Germany game.

It’s estimated that around 10,000 supporters came to Kharkiv from each country. We met many football fans from Germany…
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My first blog post

Posted by | On May 17th, 2012 | In Life & Business

That’s my first blog post ever :). I’ve been thinking about importance of blogging and social media long time ago and actually made a decision to start blogging very soon.  It took me only two years to get to my first post. Well, it is better late than never :).

It is very challenging to juggle my super busy life where I balance the job of running the business, raising the kids and living life… Now I’ll have to blog regularly on top of it… Why should I? For a very simple reason. I came to the conclusion that our lives become digitized to a very high degree. People who are non technical at all get more and more attached to their gadgets and perceive the world through their screens. It is the world where Google rules and Facebook is super dominant. In order to be noticed we need to show up in this digital world and tell the world that we exist. I’ve got a goal of growing my business 10x over the next few years and I want everyone to know that!!!

In this blog you will see  my random thoughts about challenges of running the business, balancing it with family life, and doing my part as a humanitarian. I love my job, my family and I learned to love the crazy busy schedule.  Stay tuned and I’ll share my insights on all of it…