The EDB Blog
October 12, 2015

Most IT organizations have made large investments in infrastructure and applications that have been running the business for years. Keeping this infrastructure costs a lot of money, perhaps up to 80% of an IT budget. To make things worse, some vendors, notably leading database vendors, employ sophisticated strategies to lock you into contracts that increase your costs annually to use up even more of your budget.

Keeping these IT lights on leaves little room for new investments and that has become a problem.

What if you could fund your customer engagement initiatives and still keep the lights on?

For starters, IT must work aggressively with marketing and other line of business executives instead of turning them down or putting them off for months. The business needs new intelligent, engaging applications that take advantage of new mobile and Internet of things technologies so the business can make intelligent customer offers and services. A business that has a holistic view of the customer and supply chain data is aware of what the degree it can provide such services, suggestions and offers in real time, at the optimal time and place to customers and potential customers.

The solutions for providing businesses these capabilities are expanding. Cloud-based applications have the scalability and agility to use optimal IT capacity, reducing the need to overprovision critical apps that go through daily, weekly, monthly or annual cycles. Analytics applications can provide real-time information based on customer and value chain interactions.  These new applications are taking the business to a new level of responsiveness.

How do you pay for these new applications?

You find the money by transforming your DMBS infrastructure. You find the money by migrating as many as 80% of your workloads from expensive, traditional databases to open source-based, cloud-ready subscription DBMSs. Gartner states that relational open source database management systems have matured and can be considered standard infrastructure for nearly all of new and existing enterprise applications. Consider the following:

  1. According to Gartner, Forrester and EDB analyses, up to 35% of software infrastructure is spent on DBMSs, the largest of any software infrastructure segment.
  2. Gartner further states that up to 80% of in-house DBMS applications are candidates to move off of expensive DBMSs and we see a dramatic increase with our customers and potential customers to begin this journey.
  3. Our customers have experienced 70% or more cost savings after making the transition off expensive DBMSs.

Transforming the database infrastructure with open source is where you find the money in IT to improve our business competitiveness, customer experiences and responsiveness to these demands!

New Database Brings New Flexibilities

It’s important to note that the new applications need data from a variety of sources in a range of formats from structured to unstructured. EDB Postgres can support many of these unstructured data types and new applications of engagement, and reduce the need to introduce complexity with unnecessary new data silos. Ultimately, EDB Postgres combines the best of both worlds, traditional, robust relational DBMS along with NoSQL unstructured data with transactional ACID integrity and integration points beyond. Feed the new apps the data they need, reliably and securely.

Building the next-generation customer-driven and mobile applications for the future is not as difficult as you may believe. They are as close as your database and making the transformation is easier than you think as well.

Learn how you can transform your IT infrastructure with EDB Postgres. Register to attend the webinar Transform Your DBMS to Drive Application Innovation on Oct. 21 at 8 am or 1 pm EDT or contact us directly for more information.

Pierre Fricke is Vice President, Product Marketing, at EnterpriseDB. 

 

 

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Pierre Fricke has a long history in open source software. Fricke spent 10 years as director of product marketing for JBoss Middleware. He had joined JBoss Inc. just over a year before its acquisition by Red Hat in 2006 and stayed on until he joined EDB. He first became involved in open source...