April 28, 2016

According to Manpower’s 2015 Talent Shortage Survey38% of hiring managers worldwide are struggling to fill positions in their organizations. The talent shortage isn’t quite as bad in the U.S. as it is in many parts of the world, but even here, nearly one in three (32%) hiring managers report they are struggling.

The most common reasons given for hiring difficulties are “Lack of Applicants” (35%) and “Lack of Technical Competencies” (34%).

If you’ve tried to fill a vacancy in IT lately, particularly in a high-demand specialty like database management, I am probably not telling you anything new. Database management is a staffing problem because it contains so many specialties. Large organizations may be able to field teams of specialists, but most small to medium-sized businesses run very lean and can’t afford to hire a team member who only works on one aspect of database management. At this level, each team member is expected to master two or three aspects, and such skilled practitioners are even more difficult to find and hire than single-aspect specialists.

When positions go unfilled, critical aspects of IT, from your production system to security, can be put at risk. If you try to cover the shortage by spreading the workload, you run the risk of overworking the IT team and undermining morale. These days, IT morale problems can be very dangerous, because IT impacts virtually every aspect of your business. And then there’s the whole issue of security.

Fortunately, there’s a way to manage the talent shortage, at least in the realm of database management, that doesn’t require you to hire staff. Using Remote Database Support with Spinnaker Support can put a team of database experts at your disposal. At a cost than runs about a third of the cost of adding a new staff member, you can cover every aspect of database management, ensuring a flexible and uninterrupted flow of data.

Here’s how it works. We provide database managed services, critical support, and vital maintenance. Our expert database administrators handle the everyday tasks of logging file management, database sizing, service pack upgrades, and services patches. We follow best practice backups and recovery procedures, with an added focus on disaster recovery. Our certified and experienced database experts are available 24/7 to provide on-site and remote database administration services. Special monitoring methods allow us to manage system alerts before they become larger issues by dynamically allocating staff to the needs of your system. The result is a database that responds to your needs, under any conditions, whenever you need it.

Spinnaker Support Remote Database Support is unlike any other managed services out there:

  • We do not charge per-server pricing and there are no change orders.
  • Our costs cover support for both production and development.
  • Managed services can be expanded into application development and SQL code development with a simple amendment of contract.
  • Covering more than just databases, our services include state-of-the-art monitoring and cover all major database vendors without an additional charge.

Ask yourself, are you using your database or is it using you? Life is too short to spend your days worrying about how to keep your database up and running. Contact us today. We can put you in charge of your database again, rather than the other way around. And you won’t have to worry about the global talent shortage, either.