Data continues to explode, and as organizations amass ever more of it, it’s time to rethink the organizational and operational approach to data. To date, most IT organizations spread database teams across both the application and infrastructure groups; however, greater attention to data is required to leverage this key strategic asset. As a vital aspect of a modern organization, data and database services must be allowed to stand alone as The Third Pillar of IT rather than resign it to remain an organizational step-child of applications or infrastructure.
We recently talked about Data as The Third Pillar in a webinar with Forrester Research Principal Analyst Noel Yuhanna. We discussed the driving forces behind this emerging organizational and operational trend and presented some powerful reasons for considering such a strategy.
Below is a preview of the webinar transcript.
With that, I'd like to launch into talking about data and databases the third pillar. The classic IT organization is structured into two main parts. We've all seen them, applications and infrastructure to run those applications. If you were to ask a CIO where the database group should report, most will have to pause, think about it and my not be able to provide a very clear answer. Why? Because although the traditional IT organization doesn't recognize it, the database teams are inherently different from the others.
The problem is they're also much much smaller than the others. Because of its small size, we find database teams spread across both the applications and infrastructure organization. The application DBAs is mainly focused on the system of development team with performance and database design to support the required application. While the infrastructure DBAs focus on the technical support side of maintenance, operation, production support and so on. Essentially we see the build teams, the architects, the engineers separated from the run teams, the operations people in production support.
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