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DBaaS to be the backbone of business transformation: Oracle

Nurdianah Md Nur | Jan. 4, 2016
Praveen Thakur of Oracle explains why database-as-a-service should be the central neurosystem of a business, and how companies can achieve that.

Last but not least, DBaaS aids the mitigation of security issues. Maintaining each database in a separate container creates a kind of virtual moat, which is an impediment for the bad guys. Security is enabled by default across database environments to avoid the possibility of having the weakest link.

Are organisations in Asia receptive towards DBaaS?  What are some of the factors hindering or encouraging them to adopt DBaaS?
The global adoption trend towards cloud and the rising database workloads has created demand for cloud database and DBaaS across industries, such as government agencies, financial services, academic sector, healthcare and life science industry, media and entertainment, professional services, telecom, and manufacturing.

The awareness of the benefits that DBaaS brings to an organisation's foundation and how it simplifies further initiatives is well-received and attractive to both the public and private sector organisations in Asia.

However, the decision to adopt solutions do not lie solely with CIOs or CTOs. It goes through rounds of evaluation with multiple stakeholders. Key business decision makers may not be well-versed with technology and have concerns around security settings, service level agreements, whether the technology is the right fit, the trustworthiness of the solution provider, cost efficiency, ease of use, and more. These are valid concerns.

These concerns are easily addressed with simplified and integrated solutions that work on an operational expenditure (OPEX) model, securing stakeholder buy-in.

DBaaS offers organisations an opportunity to standardise and optimise on a platform that eliminates the need to deploy, manage and support dedicated database hardware and software for each project's multiple development, testing, production, and failover environments. The architecture is inherently designed for elasticity and resource pooling, delivering production and non-production database services that support average daily workload requirements while scaling-up to handle increased demand and scaling-down when that demand has subsided.

With these benefits, companies are increasingly adoptingDBaaS solutions.The DBaaS (OPEX) model enables consumers to avoid large upfront investments in hardware, software and services. This cost structure especially resonates with line of business managers. Not only does the DBaaS model enable more agile database services, it also helps the business to allocate costs. User organisations pay to the degree that they consume each service, incentivising those organisations to be more efficient. They can commission databases for particular purposes, then decommission them and return them back to a resource pool that all organisations share. Charging back for database services can transform the IT environment from a cost centre to a revenue generator.

How should an organisation know if it is ready to adopt DBaaS?
DBaaS is only interesting when it delivers quantifiable benefits to the business --  both internally and externally. To determine the benefits of DBaaS to an organisation, they should consider quantifying the following business requirements: 

  • Business user benefit: DBaaS must be able to benefit the business directly or indirectly. For example, would a business user be able to accomplish their work better, faster or in a more cost-effective manner if DBaaS was available?
  • Business processes benefit: DBaaS should provide a measurable benefit to business processes such as supply chain management, enterprise resource planning, or human capital management. For example, could DBaaS provide a more agile and optimised foundation to support key business processes that rely on database services?
  • Contribution to strategic business goals and objectives: DBaaS may support strategic business objectives. For example, a standardised and optimised platform such as DBaaS could help reduce the time required to create, migrate or integrate new applications resulting from acquisitions or new lines of business.

 

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