Comprehensive advance planning is required to create an effective database environment. Care must be taken to select the correct DBMS technology, implement an appropriate DBMS upgrade strategy, develop useful database standards, and ensure the ongoing availability of education for database users. By following the guidelines in this chapter, you can achieve an effective database environment for your organization.
Nevertheless, setting up the database environment is only the beginning. Once it is set up, you will need to actively manage the database environment to ensure that databases are created properly, used correctly, and managed for performance and availability. Read on to discover how the DBA can accomplish these tasks.