Technical expertise not the only factor in database development

Published: Thursday, March 29, 2012

When establishing an open source database or other database solution, whether for the cloud, to be accessed by mobile users or for a more traditional deployment situation, the technical challenges can be overwhelming. However, a recent CM Crossroads report explained that the technical proficiency of developers is not the only issue that comes into play, as the personality of the various team members of the development crew also influences the database's creation. While personalities can rarely be changed, there are some steps that organizations can take to create a working environment that will facilitate the success of their database development team, not stifle it.

The first thing organizations need to do to overcome any personality barriers in their database development team is to remove complexity. Unnecessary complexity can create excess stress and tension in a work environment, bringing out frustration and other emotions that can create a major problem when developing IT solutions. According to the news source, specifying internal best practices is a key step toward reducing unnecessary processes, as most processes more problematic than basic bug fixes require special expertise. As a result, members of the team that specialize in other areas can quickly become frustrated when working from scratch to deal with demanding problems. By establishing better processes, workers can either be more closely matched to tasks based on their skill sets or best practices can provide a guideline to help specialized employees complete tasks outside of their area of expertise.

Ambiguity also has to be addressed when working on a database. When dealing with cloud-based databases, the restrictions set forth because of the service provider's limitations need to be taken into account. When working with mobile, the core technological roadblocks come into play. In either case, the standards can quickly become ambiguous, making it more difficult to effectively develop the database system. The report said this lack of clarity needs to be dealt with quickly when establishing database infrastructure to avoid problems within the underlying code that makes the platform function.

Dealing with requirements management also has to be considered. How database development teams will address requirements varies substantially depending on the type of project management structure the group uses. Regardless of which system is used, it is essential that leaders think of innovative ways to push toward goals and motivate the entire group to keep working on the project. This is especially critical in projects that include major challenges or when the requirements are unclear, the news source said.

Nurturing teamwork is action that needs to be performed to ensure personalities do not clash in such a way that database development projects are affected. In most teams, different personalities will mix with certain leaders better than they do with others. As the project is divided into more manageable segments, teams need to be set up in such a way that the right personalities are paired with the correct leader, ensuring productivity.

Working with a database specialist can also alleviate development concerns. Customizing and managing databases effectively is extremely challenging, as the relationship between content, underlying infrastructure and endpoints is so complex that the code has to be incredibly precise. Partnering with a specialist that can implement open source database systems that are more flexible can help overcome many of the issues that come with internal development. This is especially beneficial for organizations considering a cloud-based deployment, as establishing a cloud database is often far more complex than a premise-based solution because of the need to conform to requirements set by internal and external hardware.