Seasoned IT professionals find they’re responsible for a continually growing number of databases, but they aren’t getting the help they need to keep them running smoothly.
This lack of staff resources — a significant challenge for organizations — can be resolved by adopting a flexible managed services contract for database administration, according to a new study conducted by Forrester Consulting and commissioned by Datavail.
Over the past decade, many enterprises have doubled or even quadrupled the number of databases they maintain, but the number of database administrators on staff has not increased proportionally.
As a result, 71 percent of organizations taking part in the survey reported they now lack the staff resources to effectively manage their enterprise databases, according to Noel Yuhanna, principal analyst at Forrester Consulting.
Routine Tasks Grind Down DBA Experts
Considering these shortages, staff retention has become an increasingly widespread problem for large and small organizations alike.
More experienced, senior staff members may be tired of having to spend their time troubleshooting and putting out fires rather than working on business-critical tasks. Yuhanna says senior administrators may choose to retire to escape the daily grind.
Outsourcing DBA Chores
Organizations can resolve those and other issues — and improve morale — by moving to managed services for routine database maintenance tasks. Such a move would free senior administrators to focus on business-critical tasks and to be ready to respond to market changes, and competitive threats.
Taking such a proactive approach could help an organization save money, grow faster than the competition, and deliver innovative products and services. In fact, 41 percent of database administration decision-makers Forrester Consulting surveyed said outsourcing helped complement their existing staff.
Considering the ever-increasing variety, velocity, and volume of data and databases — coupled with scarce database administration talent — the time is right to consider an alternative approach to managing databases, says Datavail Chief Executive Officer Mark Perlstein.
Could moving to managed services help your organization keep its valuable employees? Which other challenging database management issues might a managed services contract solve? How might such a strategy work in your organization?
To hear additional perspectives on the benefits of outsourcing from Perlstein and Yuhanna, access the webinar audio here. The full study is available online by visiting: Outsourcing Database Administration Saves Money, Improves IT Productivity.
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