Diversify Skill Sets
Strategy No. 3: Diversify skill sets
Because of the relative calm of the database world in the past few decades, armies of dedicated specialists have evolved. While there is still (and likely always will be) value in having such specialists, during a disruptive time such as this it is wise to diversify your skill set.
If you are an executive in an IT organization, this means you need to encourage and facilitate learning. Often, your current experts are the ones with the highest aptitude for learning new technologies quickly. They also have enough real-world experience under their belts to help sniff out hype from reality. Today's experts should not stay comfortable in their current realm.
While the focus of this writing is on databases, let me be clear that this means developers as well. Developers drive much of the change that occurs in the IT infrastructure. If you're a development expert in one or two languages, it's time to get multilingual. Obtain a working knowledge of these new languages and platforms and your value to the business rises considerably.