Computerworld - https://www.computerworld.com/article/3240593/data-storage/so-thats-who-needs-a-dba-on-the-payroll.html#tk.rss_all
This company manages to get by without a database administrator for more than five years with hardly anyone seeing that as a problem, reports a pilot fish on the scene.
“Right up until the system went down for hours after a developer dropped a table from the production environment,” fish says. “That’s what triggered the hire of the first DBA.
“By that time, the systems had drifted in all kinds of directions: The sysadmin account was used daily by developers to change and access the production environment. The sysadmin credentials were stored in plain text files on web servers. The same backup