Research: 2014 State of Database Technology

Mar 06, 2014


Time Machine: 2004

The 956 respondents to our 2014 State of Database Technology Survey are a conservative lot. They run mission-critical systems on tried-and-true conventional databases from Microsoft, Oracle, and IBM, with little inclination to take a chance with new NoSQL offerings like PostgreSQL (with just 3% of critical loads) or MongoDB (at just 1%). 

In short, the databases of the 1990s are still very much alive and well in today's enterprises. 

Other data points:

>> 57% of IBM DB2 users pony up for no-limit enterprise licenses vs. 41% buying by the CPU/core.

>> 51% run Microsoft Access on bare metal in private datacenters.

>> 36% are very satisfied with their MySQL licensing agreements vs. 17% saying the same for their Oracle deals.

>> 13% run Hadoop, either in pilot (8%) or production (5%). An additional 21% are considering.

In this report we'll discuss:
>> Why the current database landscape looks a lot like 2004.

>> What's different about new NoSQL and distributed databases -- how much of the hype is warranted, which systems are niche, and will they ever truly revolutionize the majority of enterprises.

>> When you should you move to a new database and best practices to be successful in that switch.
We'll also cover security, databases-as-a-service, and the current state of analytical databases and enterprise data warehouses.

Respondent breakdown: Respondents screened into the survey by indicating involvement with selecting, managing, or otherwise interacting with their organizations' databases. 31% have 5,000 or more employees; 23% are over 10,000. Financial services, education, and government are well-represented, and 41% are IT director/manager or IT executive management (C-level/VP) level. (R7770314)

Survey Name   InformationWeek 2014 State of Database Technology Survey

Survey Date   January 2014

Region   North America

Number of Respondents    956

Purpose   To determine the role of database technologies in the enterprise

Methodology   InformationWeek surveyed 956 business technology professionals at North American organizations. The survey was conducted online, and respondents were recruited via an email invitation containing an embedded link to the survey. The email invitation was sent to qualified InformationWeek subscribers.



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