Databases & Agility Key to Digital Transformation

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 02-27-2017 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Databases & Agility Key to Digital Transformation

    Databases are essential to the success of digital transformations, and companies agree that agility is also vital to those initiatives.
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    Embracing Agility
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    Embracing Agility

    Asked to rank business drivers, 70% of software firms and 68% of companies in other industries identify business agility as one of the three most important initiatives.
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    Time to Market
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    Time to Market

    Bringing products and/or updates to market faster is another essential business driver for software companies (62%) compared with non-software companies (40%).
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    Lowering Costs
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    Lowering Costs

    81% of business product owners and 46% of respondents in all other roles consider lowering the cost of ownership one of the most important business drivers.
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    The Importance of Security
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    The Importance of Security

    43% of enterprises identified security and compliance as a top-three business driver, compared with only 19% of software companies.
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    Industry Divided on Security and Compliance
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    Industry Divided on Security and Compliance

    25% of all respondents ranked security and compliance as the top or second business driver for strategic technology initiatives, but 44% placed it at the very bottom.
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    Agility Does Not Equal Revenue
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    Agility Does Not Equal Revenue

    For all organizations, business agility was not correlated with competitive differentiation or new revenue.
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    SQL Remains the Gold Standard
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    SQL Remains the Gold Standard

    60% of respondents use only relational databases, despite the buzz around NoSQL. Those users still value the tenets of an SQL database, and 62% believe SQL support to be either critical or very important.
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    Containers and Micro Services Grow
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    Containers and Micro Services Grow

    Regardless of which database they use for strategic technology initiatives, 75% of respondents use, or plan to use, containers in the next 12 months.
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    Top Business Drivers for Software Firms
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    Top Business Drivers for Software Firms

    Agility: 70% Time to market: 62%, Total cost of ownership: 48%,
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    Top Business Drivers for Enterprises
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    Top Business Drivers for Enterprises

    Agility: 68%, Time to market: 47%, Total cost of ownership: 43%
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    Bottom Business Drivers for Software Firms

    Competitive differentiation: 78%, Drive new revenue: 61%, Security and compliance: 54%
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    Bottom Business Drivers for Enterprises

    Competitive differentiation: 65%, Drive new revenue: 65%, Security and compliance: 38%
 

Databases are vital to digital transformation, according to a new survey from NuoDB, "Benchmarking Strategic Technology Initiatives with Software Companies," and agility is also essential. As the software industry transitions from on-premises implementations to a software-as-a-service (SaaS) approach, companies are combining the best of modern infrastructure with traditional SQL capabilities and ACID (Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation, Durability) properties, which are needed to support reliable transactions.  Surprisingly, software companies are less concerned about security than enterprises are. Says Jeff Boehm, chief marketing officer at NuoDB, an elastic SQL database company for cloud applications, "As our analysis shows, databases are critical for the success of [developing infrastructure to support digital transformation] and provide the flexible, scalable foundation organizations require to quickly deliver products and services." The survey asked 255 technology professionals about the cloud, containers, micro services and data center modernization.

 
 
 
 
 
Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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