Open source databases can deliver advanced technology without disrupting operations

Published: Monday, May 7, 2012

Effectively managing database systems is becoming more challenging all the time. The core problem is that data is quickly emerging as one of the most important assets of any business. Instead of developing a competitive advantage over peers by obtaining more capital or real estate, organizations are increasingly using data to improve their strategic development and implement new solutions that create an edge over the competition. Because data has emerged as the lifeblood of many corporations, the database has become the heart of enterprise success.

Managing database infrastructure effectively is an incredible challenge, especially as information grows in strategic value. Ensuring that content is accurate, in the correct location and not redundant is essential to keeping corporate DB systems running at peak efficiency. As a result, it is vital that companies manage their databases at peak efficiency. Open source database solutions could be the answer.

One of the greatest challenges in managing database systems effectively is finding a way to match DB functionality to company requirements. This needs to spread to almost every aspect of database management and corporate operations. Organizations can rarely get away with buying a proprietary system, installing it on a server and expecting the DB to work well with their operational requirements. Instead, companies implementing such solutions typically have to adjust their operations, such as data entry processes, in response to the limitation of the database.

This does not always hold true when working with an open source database. Instead of putting the new solution in place and having to adjust operations in light of the system, organizations can develop the new solution so that it matches existing procedures. This allows businesses to ensure that their employees are able to use a new, powerful database platform without having to reinvent the wheel over the course of their work day. This is a critical consideration since employee training and the time it takes them to adjust their work processes to a new technology can lead to significant costs for businesses. At the same time, having a database that matches employee needs can ensure that businesses not only can use their data more effectively, it also lets them improve productivity, using their effective database to drive revenue creation.

This kind of customization to support productivity can have a major impact on enterprise operations. For example, an organization that encourage significant interaction between its customer service and sales teams often has to deal with difficult database management tasks because it easy to end up with redundant or incorrect data when the two departments share information. The problems can be as simple as the customer service team putting a person in under the name of Jim when the sales team uses James, and the database counting it as two separate people, creating significant confusion. With an open source solution, organizations can customize the source code so the system can identify problems of this nature, flag them and allow managers to more easily correct the error and prevent the system from storing erroneous data that takes up space on servers and creates challenges for companies.

As data continues to become more important to businesses, companies often have to respond by prioritizing the way that they go about handling information. The days of adjusting operations to technology are coming to a close because organizations cannot afford to waste time or money, especially when it comes to handling vital data systems. This is creating an environment in which open source database systems offer companies a unique asset because they allow corporations to tailor their technology to their needs and not disrupt operations.