How to Navigate the New World of Database Technologies

By Billy Bosworth  |  Posted 2011-02-03 Print this article Print

Major market shifts in the database world don't happen often, but when they do, they can leave lasting impacts on the IT industry. While there has been an enormous amount of data in the market on emerging database platforms, converting that data into something meaningful for the CIO, chief technology officer and business owner has been difficult. Here, Knowledge Center contributor Billy Bosworth explores how third-generation database technology will impact key areas of business and offers five strategies to follow when navigating the new database technologies of today.

Material changes to database technologies are rare, but when they occur, they can have a seismic impact on the IT industry. Today, we are on the leading edge of just such a disruptive shift in the database world.

The IT world is comfortable with relational database technologies that have been prevalent since the 1970s, but the requirements of modern applications are generating demands that outpace what traditional relational designs can handle. If history is our teacher, then we can expect to feel the effects of these decisions for decades to come. The change will affect your IT staff in one way or another. Awareness and forward thinking will go a long way toward the success of your business-both in the near and long terms.

While disruptors bring change, they also provide incredible opportunity. The way in which you approach that opportunity will determine whether or not your IT team and your data center experience the kind of growth that will ultimately benefit the business as a whole. Even if the CIO is completely attuned to the latest database change, database administrators, developers and the rest of the team may find acceptance more difficult.

Disruptions can trigger a variety of reactions ranging from miscalculated indifference or productivity-hindering nail-biting to idle speculation or complete buy-in (sometimes blindly). Obviously, it's better for IT and the business as a whole if everybody is on the same page. The following are five strategies to consider when approaching this world of change.

Billy Bosworth is the Vice President and General Manager of the Enterprise Database business unit at Quest Software. Billy has been with Quest since 2005. Prior to Quest, Billy was director of product management at Embarcadero Technologies. Billy has nearly 20 years of experience in the IT industry, including a variety of roles as developer, database administrator and owner of an independent consulting company. Billy speaks often at industry events and co-authored the book "PowerBuilder 5 Developer's Resource: Client/Server Programming for the Enterprise" (Prentice Hall). Billy holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Louisville. He can be reached at

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