2012 State of Database Technology Survey: IT Pros Want More From Vendors

Posted by on January 18, 2012

Vendors Be Warned. Current State: IT Pros are Disgruntled and Overcharged

Databases are many things–critical, complex, expensive–and IT has long had a love-hate relationship. But lately, according to our InformationWeek 2012 State of Database Technology Survey, the pendulum is swinging toward dissatisfaction.

Many of the 760 respondents, all of whom are involved with their organizations’ database strategies, express a sense that vendors need to step up and earn their money by helping customers deal with problems, including larger data volumes, more fluid data relationships, integration issues–and, in some cases, barely contained chaos.

In short, the well-established data structures that have served enterprises effectively for more than 40 years are showing their age. Changes to how organizations use data, as well as the sheer amount of data managed, have led to new hosting and structuring options, including NoSQL, semantic data stores and hosted warehouse environments. Some of these are gaining traction, while others, unfortunately, remain largely ignored. Sometimes, as with cloud or virtualization, there are good reasons for companies to hold back, but in other cases, particularly lower-cost relational database management systems and moving to commodity hardware, companies are passing on technology that could cut costs while increasing satisfaction.

Speaking of costs, only11% say they’re very satisfied with database licensing costs and terms. Yikes!  In this report, InformationWeek discusses the results of its recent poll, including trending from our previous survey.

Database technology solution providers: there is a strong sentiment from IT professionals wanting more help from you.  Download the report for more insight.

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