My manager shared a story with us today that I felt really needed to go on the internet, so here it is:
I do support for a piece of software that uses Oracle or SQL Server as the DB backend. If the client uses Oracle, we require that they have a DBA, because sometimes we need to do stuff manually to the DB and as you guys know, that can get sticky. So to protect ourselves, we have the DBA do these things from time to time. Things like extending the rollback space, dropping and adding tables, stuff that we could do but dont because we dont want to get blamed for hosing a Fortune 500 Oracle installation.
So a couple of years ago my manager was working in the same position that I have right now. She was working with a customer on some issue, and had to get the Oracle DBA involved. So the DBA calls my manager, and my manager gives her some things that she needs to do. The DBA needs some help, so my manager walks her through some things. This goes on for about 20 minutes, and finally my manager says to this woman making God knows how much money to be an Oracle DBA during the middle of the dotcom boom,
"You know, you really ought to know how to do this stuff."
"Please don't tell anyone here" was the DBA's response.