Couldn't agree more. There is a difference between being a DBA that knows how to run commands, and being an experienced DBA knowing WHAT is important and WHEN or IF something should be done.
Kellyn Pedersen is an excellent DBA I respect. She has just joined the Pythian Group.
There is always a fine line between taking the safe course to applying patches/addressing issues and being too cautious and not pulling the trigger even when you’ve covered all your bases. Understanding the difference between a researched and calculated risk vs. a foolish risk is very important as a DBA.
There will always be risk whenever you work in a database. The database is connected to everything in an IT environment- the network, the application, the disk array, the CPU, the memory, you name it, our databases our connected to it.
The DBA and the Trigger | The Pythian Blog http://www.pythian.com/news/20301/the-dba-and-the-trigger/