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New IOUG Survey on Database Manageability Underscores Growing Demand for Automated Tools and Processes

Even as most IT budgets have remained flat or actually declined, a new Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) survey conducted by Unisphere Research reveals rapidly growing demands for database services due to the rise of big data and database as a service (DBaaS).

To respond to this demand, organizations must deploy automated tools and processes or risk performance issues, cost overruns, and/or delayed rollout of database services, the report's authors conclude.

Meanwhile, demand for database services are only expected to rise. "Embracing new technology and methodologies such as database as a service or big data isn’t just an academic concept discussed at conferences and in the trade press—they are tangible parts of everyday business," the report's authors write.

The report, From Database Clouds to Big Data: 2013 IOUG Survey on Database Manageability, finds a number of revealing trends, including

  • Demand for database services, as well as the associated data volumes, grew by more than 20 percent on average between 2011 and 2012.
  • The number or respondents reporting difficulty diagnosing database performance problems has grown, from 42 percent of respondents in 2011 to 47 percent in 2012.
  • Organizations are experiencing increased difficulty identifying resource-intensive SQL statements in real time, up from 33 percent in 2011 to 44 percent in 2012.
  • A significantly larger number of respondents cite difficulty dealing with repetitive, manual tasks, up from 13 percent in 2011 to 31 percent in 2012.
Embrace Automated Tools and Methods
"To be able to manage the increase in demand and challenges successfully, IT organizations need to embrace automated tools and methods that alleviate the growing burdens placed on their staff," write the report's authors.

In particular, they make the following recommendations.
  • Save time and effort with comprehensive testing. "Automation makes life easier by moving changes from development/testing to production faster and with less effort," write the report's authors.
  • Gain more visibility into the application stack. "Avoid the 'blame game' for performance-related issues by involving and cooperating with teams responsible for other parts of the infrastructure. Having the ability to quickly diagnose and remediate performance problems accurately, before issues impact business users, is vital," write the report's authors.
  • Take advantage of automation for database lifecycle management so you can eventually provide DBaaS. "Start with small steps. Look at nonproduction areas such as development or testing environments as potential candidates to start using automation," write the report's authors.
  • Become a leader and strategic advisor. "Utilize management tools to free up time and put a concerted effort on becoming a strategic advisor to the organization," write the report's authors.
  • Use tools that maximize your organization’s potential to provide DBaaS. "Solutions that offer complete cloud lifecycle management, such as Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, can help with functions that include capacity planning, policy-based resource management, and provisioning, in addition to self-service access for cloud users with metering and chargeback reporting," write the report's authors.
  • For big data, embrace engineered systems for database clouds. "Delivering database as a service on a fully integrated and engineered system such as Oracle Exadata can help alleviate the pains of keeping pace with big data demands," write the report's authors.
Download the IOUG/Unisphere report From Database Clouds to Big Data: 2013 IOUG Survey on Database Manageability.
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