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Putting Your Database Administrator Courses to Use: How to Work with SQL

Posted on May 28th, 2019 - Written by: Canadian Business College

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In today’s increasingly connected and digital world, data is a crucial asset for businesses across the globe. The sheer amount of data that many computerized programs and applications use to function means that there must also be a way to store this data that’s both easy and accessible, namely through databases.

When you start your career as a professional database administrator, one of your primary responsibilities is, of course, to work with databases. In order to do this, you must have a certain level of familiarity with the different programming languages that databases use to function, including one known as Structured Query Language (SQL). SQL is an essential tool that helps administrators find and store information in a particular way on certain databases.

If you’re interested in becoming a database administrator, read on to find out what you should know about SQL.

SQL Can Help You Operate and Navigate Certain Relational Databases

There are a variety of different types of Database Management Systems (DBMS) that help you access and change the data that is stored on a particular database.

One of the most popular types of DMBS is known as a relational database, which uses separate tables to define database relationships. One column of the table, for instance, may mention the username of someone on Facebook, and another column may specify certain data such as their age, likes, or location. A relational database allows you to view data items separately, such as only by age, likes, or location, instead of storing them all together in one table.

Many relational databases rely on SQL to run, and some of the most popular options you can expect to see in database administrator careers include MySQL, Oracle, and Microsoft SQL Server database.

Learning how to use SQL can help database administrators organize important data

Learning how to use SQL can help database administrators organize important data

Use Your Database Administrator Courses to Better Understand SQL Syntax

The SQL programming language uses what’s known as syntax to perform commands as well as write queries and inquiries. The SQL syntax uses words such as ‘SELECT’, ‘INSERT’, ‘UPDATE’, and ‘DELETE’ to perform certain operations that help you read, update, and manage the data within a database. These four examples are often referred to as Create, Read, Update, Delete (CRUD), and you can expect to use them fairly frequently when working with SQL during your career in database administration.

While these examples are among those most commonly used in the SQL syntax, the more complicated a database is, the more commands you will have to use in order to get the right results. Fortunately, database administrator courses can introduce you to the fundamentals of SQL as a programming language, as well as get you more familiar with how to use it and its syntax to navigate the popular relational databases that future employers are using today.

Familiarity with SQL Can Prepare You to Work with ‘Scaled-Up’ Database Systems

Although SQL still remains one of the most popular DBMS, the technological revolution of the last twenty years means that companies have to manage an extraordinary volume of data, and they need a database that can handle that kind of load without crashing.

Canadian Business College students can use their training to navigate mature databases during their career

Canadian Business College students can use their training to navigate mature databases during their career

NOSQL, short for ‘not only SQL’, is a more recent DBMS, and grew in popularity when tech giants such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon needed to find a way to efficiently manage the data they were collecting. Essentially, NOSQL is an ‘upgraded’ version of SQL, and is designed primarily for web applications. Although it does not use SQL to query data, demonstrating that you have a background in SQL can show potential employers that you have the skills they’re looking for to navigate and manage other mature databases such as NOSQL, further expanding your professional opportunities after graduation.

Are you interested in starting a new and rewarding career?

Contact Canadian Business College for more information about our database administrator advanced program.

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Congratulations to our 2015 Canadian Business College Graduates!

Posted on September 28th, 2015 - Written by: Vanessa Hamkens

On September 19th, 151 Canadian Business College graduates proudly walked the stage at the 23rd annual Convocation Ceremony at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

Following a warm welcome from Faculty of Law Director, Jeffery Nicholson, President & Dean of Canadian Business College, John Nelson, took the stage and shared with us kind, thoughtful words, leaving us all extremely proud of all our inspiring graduates. Cheers filled the auditorium as parents, siblings, children, and friends watched loved ones receive their well-earned diplomas our Business, Law, IT & Digital Media, Health, and Community Services & Child Care programs.

Thank you to everyone who attended this event and supported our students in accomplishing this amazing milestone in their lives.

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DBA Seminar: Upgrading Oracle Real Application Cluster from 11G to 12C

Posted on August 19th, 2015 - Written by: Vanessa Hamkens

If you’re considering a career as a Database Administrator, Canadian Business College would like to invite you to a free upcoming DBA seminar we will be hosting on Friday August 28th. Attending the seminar will provide you with a first-hand look at some of the tasks required of Database Administrators in the workplace.

Seminar Topic: Upgrading Oracle Real Application Cluster from 11G to 12C

Overview: Oracle 12C has been published for approximately two years. Many businesses and organizations are planning on implementing the upgrade to their existing database to meet today’s cloud computing requirements. In this seminar, host and faculty of IT Director, Bill Xu, will demonstrate how to upgrade an existing Oracle 11G RAC database to Oracle 12C.

The seminar will consist of two parts:

  • Upgrading grid infrastructure including ASM and ACFS
  • Upgrading databases

When: Friday August 28, 2015 10:00AM

Where: Canadian Business College – Toronto Campus. For Directions, please click here.

If you’re interested in attending the seminar or have any questions on Canadian Business College’s IT programs, call 1-888-925-9929 today and ask to speak with an Academic Advisor. We’re looking forward to having you attend!

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Canadian Business College Hosting Free IT Seminar

Posted on May 11th, 2015 - Written by: Vanessa Hamkens

Canadian Business College Oracle Database 12C

Canadian Business College is very pleased to be hosting a free upcoming IT seminar for anyone interested in pursuing careers in Database Administration, Network Engineering and Software Engineering.

The seminar, Deploying SQL Server 2014 Always-On and Failover Cluster, will demonstrate how to deploy and manage Microsoft SQL Server high availability architecture. Host and Faculty of IT Director, Bill Xu (pictured lecturing above), will demonstrate SQL server failover and always-on, while comparing Microsoft and Oracle solutions.


Seminar Name: Deploying SQL Server 2014 Always-On and Failover Cluster

When: Friday June 19, 2015 from 10am – 3pm

Where: Canadian Business College – Toronto Campus

Address: 2 Bloor Street West – 22nd Floor located at the corner of Yonge and Bloor, just steps from TTC transit. For directions, please click here.


Database high availability and safety are wildly required job skills. To provide a solution for database high availability and safety needs, the knowledge of networking, system and database administration are required. In typical business environments, networking/system teams along with data management teams work together in these scenarios. The seminar will aim to demonstrate the multi-level facets of database high availability and safety.


  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • SQL Server 2014
  • Power shell
  • Hyper-V
  • Active directory
  • iSCSI
  • Windows and SQL Server failover cluster
  • SQL Server installation and configuration
  • SQL Server Always-on Feature…and more!


Canadian Business College’s Database Administration, Advanced Database Administer, Network Engineering and Software Engineering diploma programs were designed to provide students with the industry required skills and certifications required to excel in the workforce.

Whether you’re looking to start a new career in one of these fields, or you’re an existing IT professional with a keen desire to upgrade your skills, we encourage you to attend!

For more information, give us a call at 416-925-9929 or 1-888-925-9929.


Canadian Business College Hosts Successful Oracle Database 12C Workshop

Posted on February 27th, 2015 - Written by: Vanessa Hamkens

Canadian Business College’s Faculty of Information Technology Director, Bill Xu, recently hosted a workshop in front of a packed lecture room of aspiring database administrators entitled: Installing and Implementing Oracle Database 12C and Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12C.

Bill simulated a separated networking environment to install and implement the latest version of Oracle Database and Enterprise Management Cloud Control. The objective of the workshop was to provide attendees with a clear understanding of how Oracle works in real workplace environments.

Topics covered in the workshop include:

  • Oracle Database 11GR2
  • Oracle Database 12CR1
  • Oracle EMCC12C
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux
  • Oracle public yum
  • Oracle Grid Infrastructure
  • Windows Server 2012
  • DNS
  • Hyper-V
  • VNC Server
  • SSH

A PDF copy of the workshop transcript can be downloaded here.

An MS-Word copy of the transcript can be downloaded here.

Canadian Business College is one of the few Oracle WDP (Workforce Development Program) partners in Ontario. Our Database Administrator and Advanced Database Administrator programs are designed to provide students with  industry recognized knowledge, skills and certifications required to succeed.

If a career as a database administrator has been on your mind, we encourage you to contact us to see how our DBA programs fit in with your career goals and objectives. And make sure to stay tuned for Bill’s next cutting edge seminar open to the public!

If you attended the Oracle 12C workshop, we encourage you to leave your comments and feedback below.

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Free Seminar: Oracle Database 11g Release 2 ( RAC on Oracle Linux 6.5 Using Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V with Shared Disks

Posted on July 8th, 2014 - Written by: Vanessa Hamkens

One of the biggest obstacles preventing individuals from setting up test RAC environments is the requirement for shared storage. In a production environment, shared storage is often provided by a SAN or high-end NAS device, but both of these options are very expensive when the objective is simply to gain experience installing and using RAC.

A cost effective alternative is to use a shared disk enclosure which allows two machines to access the same disk(s). This alternative does however require two servers.

RAC-Seminar In today’s market, over 95% of Oracle databases are running in RAC environments. Experience with RAC is without question compulsory when looking for work as a Database Administrator. Canadian Business College is currently the only institution in Ontario offering RAC training as part of its Database Administrator diploma programs.

Bill Xu, Head of CBC’s IT Department, will discuss RAC and the possibilities this unique solution presents for both training and real-industry environment purposes at an upcoming seminar open to current DBA and Advanced DBA students. The seminar is also open to the general public. Here are the specifics:

Seminar Name

Oracle Database 11g Release 2 ( RAC on Oracle Linux 6.5 using Windows Server 2012 RT Hyper-V with Shared Disks

Date & Location

Thursday July 24, 2014 from 10AM – 2PM

Canadian Business College Toronto Campus. 2 Bloor Street West – 22nd Floor, Toronto, M4W 3E2. Please click here for directions.

Like CBC’s recent Windows Server 2012 R2 seminar, the upcoming talk will provide those attending with the opportunity to benefit from expert instruction. Those new to the CBC will also have the opportunity to visit the Toronto campus and share in discussions with CBC instructors as well as students currently enrolled in our IT programs.

For additional information about Canadian Business College’s diploma programs or to reserve your seminar seat, please contact the College by phone at 416.925.9929 or by email at toronto [at] canadianbusinesscollege [dot] com.

We hope to see you there!

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