Know Your Options

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

Strategy No. 1: Know your options

It sounds simple but it's not. The temptation is to get so overwhelmed by the hype that you relegate it all to the back burner, telling yourself that you'll get around to it "sometime soon." Take a long view of your world when it comes to database technologies. Look for information that helps you to understand how these new technologies affect that vision.

To stay on top of what's out there can be overwhelming, so find a few trusted sources and stay on top of them. Engage a few industry experts whom you trust and make sure you stay in touch with them on a regular basis. Another trick often forgotten is to use the job boards to search for key terms, both from an employer and employee perspective. Track them over time and compare them to one another. That takes all of five minutes and can help you put some objectivity around media hype.

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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