New Study – The Emergence of Database Lifecycle Management to Address Growing Data Challenges

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Unisphere Research identifies disconnect between increased database complexity and understaffed data teams

The results of this study reveal a sharp disconnect between the amount of growth in database environment complexity and the growth of data teams to offset that complexity.

Unisphere Research today announced the publication of a brand new study on the emergence of database lifecycle management to address growing complexity in data environments. The study, which was sponsored by IDERA and fielded among the readers of Database Trends and Applications, covers a wide range of issues facing today’s data management teams. More than 300 data executives, managers and professionals were surveyed from organizations across North America.

The study reveals a growing need for more database talent and expertise at companies of all sizes and industries as data environments continue to grow in complexity. In fact, nearly 90% of respondents agreed the complexity of data environments increased over the past five years, with 46% confirming these environments grew “significantly” or “extremely” more complex during this time.

At the same time, the study shows that 40% of organizations have not expanded the size of their data teams and management may not fully understand the problem. According to the findings, 30% of managers believe they are hiring more staff with the skills required to reduce database environment complexity, but among database administrators only 9% believe that to be the case.

“The results of this study reveal a sharp disconnect between the amount of growth in database environment complexity and the growth of data teams to offset that complexity,” said Heidi Farris, chief marketing officer at IDERA. “We’ve always known data professionals consistently must do more with less, but we also thought policymakers and budget owners understood the importance of data to their businesses and would invest appropriately. Clearly, that isn’t the case.”

This disconnect is intensified by the myriad challenges faced by data teams today. Key issues highlighted in the study include keeping databases at current update or patch levels, testing new technologies and infrastructure solutions for databases, addressing security issues, reducing or eliminating manual repetitive tasks and processes, meeting service-level agreements and managing a growing number of databases.

“Data management challenges continue to grow and compete for the same staff to manage them all, making organizations spread very thin,” said Joe McKendrick, analyst and contributing editor at Unisphere Research. “These organizations aspire to incorporate database lifecycle management initiatives into their processes, but adoption is slow in most shops, amplified by a lack of staff and resources.”

The study found that nearly 80% of organizations now have a database lifecycle management initiative underway, using coordinated processes, tools, and people to optimize all aspects of the lifecycle of data, including data architecture and modeling, database design, performance monitoring, administration, security, storage, and archiving. Most are early-stage endeavors. However, close to 90% of these companies are already seeing a range of tangible benefits, including increased uptime, making data more highly available to end-users, better confidence in data, and more predictable IT expenses.

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About Unisphere
Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc. (ITI), is a market research company that conducts proprietary and custom research projects in conjunction with the top data management and IT user groups, as well as industry-leading vendors. Unisphere has pioneered user group-based research and has built its editorial products in conjunction with its user community-based market insight. Visit or follow @dbtrends.

IDERA understands that IT doesn’t run on the network—it runs on the data and databases that power your business. That’s why we design our products with the database as the nucleus of your IT universe. Our database lifecycle management solutions allow database and IT professionals to design, develop, secure, monitor, and improve data systems with complete confidence. Serving more than 20,000 customers worldwide, we offer a diverse portfolio of free tools and educational resources to help you do more with less while giving you the knowledge to deliver even more than you did yesterday. Contact us at +1-713-523-4433 or visit for free trials, free tools and more. Whatever your need, IDERA has a solution.

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