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Database as a Service

Big Data Infrastructure

Time to Turbo Charge Test and Development

Duncan Harvey, Head of Core Technology Europe,
Middle East and Africa, Oracle @iamduncanh


Moving database capabilities into the cloud can bring much needed speed and scale to test and development

Duncan Harvey

Duncan Harvey, Head of Core Technology Europe, Middle East and Africa

All businesses need to be able to respond quickly to new opportunities. In a digital age that increasingly means being able to rapidly test and develop new applications. Achieving this goal can be helped considerably by moving database services to the cloud.

Test and development is just one area businesses can improve through the use of Database as a Service (DBaaS), but it is an important and very timely one. In a 2016 survey of more than 300 database administrators and IT professionals commissioned by the Independent Oracle User Group, 45 per cent of respondents said they are already moving development/test databases to the cloud, as opposed to deploying on-premises.

 In a 2016 survey of more than 300 database administrators and IT professionals commissioned by the Independent Oracle User Group, 45 per cent of respondents said they are already moving development/test databases to the cloud, as opposed to deploying on-premises. 

Respondents were also asked what they believed to be the greatest business benefits of delivering database services in the cloud. Around a third (34 per cent) said the approach advances their business through greater agility and flexibility, 26 per cent cited the ability to innovate faster, and 25 per cent said it accelerated new application deployment.

There are numerous real-world examples of how these benefits play out. SEI Investments Company, a US-based wealth management provider, uses Oracle Java Cloud Service along with Oracle Database Cloud Service to accelerate its test and dev processes and time to market for its services.

In SEI’s case, DBaaS enables a self-service approach where developers can procure data on demand in a matter of hours, rather than going out to the business to make requests which could take days or even weeks.

The agility of working in the cloud also enables the company’s test and dev function, which consists of more than 500 people, to be increasingly nimble when responding to changes in demand. This helps clients get up and running on the SEI Investments platform more quickly.

Another organisation making use of DBaaS to reduce application development and deployment time is ADNOC Distribution, UAE-based petroleum fuel supplier.

The company uses Oracle Database Cloud Service alongside Oracle Java Cloud Service to achieve seamless and cost-effective cloning and provisioning of development environments. By offloading testing and development to the cloud, resources have been freed up for on-premises production systems that support the millions of transactions the company processes every day.

The move to the cloud has also helped the business achieve considerable savings, further strengthening the return on investment of using DBaaS.

 Moving to DBaaS can change the way companies view test and development, bringing efficiency, speed and agility to implementations, all of which have a positive impact on the bottom line.  

As these examples show, moving to DBaaS can change the way companies view test and development, bringing efficiency, speed and agility to implementations, all of which have a positive impact on the bottom line.

And the time for companies to consider how cloud could support their database platform strategy is now – a view shared by Gartner. In a recent webcast, Gartner research director Adam Ronthal, stated that DBaaS will rapidly become the “new normal” and companies should be experimenting with it and understanding where it fits within their IT infrastructure today.

So its pretty clear that by moving database services to the cloud, businesses are reducing costs and administration time while better equipping themselves to respond to rapidly-changing business and customer needs, always with the latest database technology at their disposal.


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