A Database Architect creates and manages large and expansive electronic databases to store and organize vast
amounts of data. This is a highly skilled profession that is integral to most modern businesses. A database architect
will help companies grow and expand into new marketplaces and help create a vision to meet strategic goals. A person
in this position will work closely with software designers, design analysts and others to create comprehensive
databases that may be used by hundreds if not thousands of people. Database architects will begin by studying the
needs of their employer. They will assess the current data infrastructure and have discussions with employees and
users to figure out where changes in the database need to be made. The database architect will then prepare and map
out how the electronic database should look and function
Using coding skills and data access, database architects will then write the code to create the database. Once the
database is created they will work to troubleshoot any problems and locate and correct oversights. During the creation
of the database, they will work closely with employees in the company to make sure that the database meets the
company's expectations. The type of database created can be anything from a system that handles payroll to one that
deals with inventory or customer satisfaction.
A strong Database Architecture is central to most modern business, and mistakes made within it can cost upwards of
millions of dollars. They must also be able to understand the current and projected database needs of their employer
and be able to create a platform that functions over multiple systems in multiple areas. The database architect must
be able to write strong and useful code, as poorly performing code will have a large negative impact on the
performance of their architecture. They are essential in creating and maintaining security for the database and are
needed to create standards for all users to ensure that the system is safe from outside interlopers.
The duties of Database Architect includes maintenance, updates and upgrades are also an important aspect of a
database architect’s ongoing career. They will have to be able to identify and fix problems in these areas as they arise
and make sure that the hardware and software used by the database is in working order and that it keeps up with the
ever changing flow of technological development. Database architects will also have to identify trends in the database
users, and use this information to improve performance and recommend new ways to improve the existing database.
They must also schedule times for upgrades and repairs that will have a minimal impact upon the company; this may
require working nights or weekends to ensure that the database is up and running by the start of the business day.
The largest number of database architects work for computer systems design and related services firms, such as
Internet service providers and data-processing firms. Other database architects are employed by firms with large
databases, such as insurance companies and banks, both of which keep track of vast amounts of personal and financial
data for their clients. Some database architects administer databases for retail companies that keep track of their
buyers’ credit card and shipping information; others work for healthcare firms and manage patients’ medical records.
Entry Level Education
Bachelor’s/ Master’s Degree in Computer Science or IT, MIS or in related fields.