A SQL query walks into a bar and sees two tables. He walks up to them and asks, “Can I join you?”

 

Why do you never ask SQL queries to help you move your furniture? They sometimes drop the tables.

 

We hope those gave you a good chuckle because sometimes database administrators (including you “accidental” DBAs) need some laughter to get you through the day. After all, managing databases - the very heart of IT - at a time when IT success equals organizational success can be a tough, albeit rewarding, gig. Not to mention the fact that more and more, you’re called upon to step outside your comfort zone and manage multiple database platforms, whether Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL or a variety of others, adding to the complexity of your job.

 

So, we want to give you an outlet to vent a bit about your frustrations as a DBA.

 

Using the comments field below, tell us about your biggest database performance challenges, combined with what might make your life managing databases easier. While we want to hear about any and all database performance challenges that are top of mind for you, we’re particularly interested in hearing about challenges you face if you manage multiple database platforms.

 

And if you share your thoughts with us by October 2, we’ll even give you 250 thwack points in return (and maybe a few more SQL jokes to boot).