As a freelancer I work with SMEs who usually have no tech experience / ability. They need a system to help their business; I deliver it. I tell them there's a database there, which one, and often (always?) send them some documentation so if I die whoever takes over will have a starting point; but beyond that the client has no clue how "the system" actually works, including anything to do with the d/b. I don't deliberately hide anything away from them, but both they and I know that they'd be totally clueless in any case.
The owner delegates the responsibility to some people or companies. Those who are responsible for maintenance do not own the database, nor the data. The role of dba is currently part of the network-guys.
Some of it is local and under control, some of it is cloudy.
The stablemaster may claim it is his horse, but can't sell the animal. It's also not the stablemaster who pays for the food from his coinage.
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"If you just follow the bacon Eddy, wherever it leads you, then you won't have to think about politics." -- Some Bell.
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
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