IOUG ResearchWire Report: Toward a Smarter Information Foundation

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As organizations rely more and more on the quality and availability of data to better compete on analytics in the global economy, they are encountering difficult challenges in managing and maintaining their information infrastructure. That is, they are faced with a fast-growing infrastructure, while running out of resources to better manage and leverage its components. What steps are companies taking to grow their data environments while still reining in costs and complexity? Download the final report answering this question here.
Please note: this link will bring you to the Executive Summary page, the full final report is available to all fully, paid members from this page. Associate members may access the Executive Summary only.

A new survey of members of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), the leading association of Oracle technology professionals, confirms that not only are data volumes and database instances on the rise, but these environments are siloed across multiple vendors, running on multiple platforms. The survey also finds interest in virtualization strategies to better manage these diverse environments. Most already have server virtualization in place, and half are looking at database virtualization to increase the value of their data environments. Since data resources from many parts of the organization need to be engaged, the main challenge to these efforts are organizational and political, versus technical. The survey finds that organizations with advanced virtualization efforts underway report that they are able to more effectively grow their data capabilities while reigning in staff time and costs.

In November of 2009, Unisphere Research conducted the study for the IOUG, in partnership with VMware to explore issues and solutions for this challenge. The survey was announced via an email notification to the IOUG membership list, which directed participants to a web-based survey instrument. A total of 381 responses were collected by the survey deadline. Survey respondents oversee complex and multiple database. Associate and fully paid members can access the Executive Summary here. From this landing page, fully paid members can access the complete final report.