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Study Identifies Top Five Most Challenging Database Management Issues Facing Organizations

Datavail Study Identifies Top Five Most Challenging Database Management Issues Facing Organizations Today

Performance and data integration top the charts

Broomfield, Colo. — March 12, 2014 Datavail has uncovered the top five most challenging database management issues facing organizations today. The findings are based on Datavail-commissioned research conducted by Forrester Consulting, a global research and advisory firm. According to this study, the number one challenge facing DBAs today is performance of critical applications, with data integration issues ranking second.

“Consistently, the number one challenge facing DBAs is performance, which is not surprising because they are dealing with very large and complex systems, multiple databases, and volumes of data that have grown into terabytes and petabytes of information,” said Noel Yuhanna, principal analyst, Forrester Research, Inc., in a video about the research findings. “Compound that with the fact that applications are being developed within a few weeks instead of several months, so the sheer speed and frequency with which new applications are put into production tend to degrade optimization causing all sorts of performance issues.”

According to the study, every new database deployed in an enterprise adds pressure on IT to ensure its availability, integration, security, reliability and quality. Trying to manage databases with fewer people has always been a challenge, but with databases scaling to terabytes and petabytes, these challenges have escalated.

“Data is at the heart of our business. The volume, velocity and variety of that data are increasing exponentially, resulting in challenges in performance, coverage, expertise and cost of database administration,” said Michael Vergato, CTO-Advanced Technology, Arrow Electronics. “Taking a managed services approach to augment our DBA function has enabled us to not only tackle these challenges, but get ahead of them.”

According to Forrester’s findings, the top five most challenging database management issues today are:

1.)    Delivering improved performance – 80%

2.)    Data integration issues – 75%

3.)    Lack of people resources – 71%

4.)    Securing private data – 71%

5.)    High data volume growth – 69%

“We feel that these findings are a hand-in-glove fit with the very reason Datavail was founded and why we continue to grow,” said Mark Perlstein, CEO, Datavail. “Our core value proposition is based on delivering solutions to these and other database management challenges. We will continue to work with Forrester and stay close to our customers so we remain the market’s leading provider of database management services.”

To learn more about the driving factors behind these challenges and other research findings, join a Datavail-hosted webinar at 10 a.m. MDT today. Register for this webinar, at, and follow highlights on Twitter using #5Reasons.

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To hear more from Noel Yuhanna of Forrester Research, Inc. about the challenges facing DBAs today, watch a video at

This research is based on responses from 50 U.S.-based database administration decision-makers from firms with 1,000 or more employees that evaluate the viability of outsourcing DBA functions to third-party firms, as well as Forrester’s own market data, and a custom study of the same audience.

About Datavail Corporation

Datavail Corporation is one of the largest providers of remote database administration (DBA) services in North America, offering database design and architecture, administration and 24×7 support. The company specializes in Oracle, Oracle E-Business Suite, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, MongoDB, DB2 and SharePoint, and provides flexible onsite/offsite, onshore/offshore service delivery options to meet each customer’s unique business needs. Founded in 2007, Datavail is based in Broomfield, Colorado and supports enterprise clients located worldwide. For more information, visit