Research: 2013 State of Database Technology

Apr 05, 2013


Big, Valuable and On the Move

Database technology is evolving for the 716 respondents to our InformationWeek 2013 State of Database Technology Survey, all of whom are involved in the selection of, management of or other interaction with databases. Still, IT's never played fast and loose with these critical systems, and that's not about to change.

>> 91% of respondents interested in an integrated analytical database platform are using, piloting or investigating Hadoop; 73% say the same about MapReduce.
>> 78% of all respondents say none of their organizations' databases suffered a breach in the last year; 10% declined to answer.
>> 44% of respondents deploying, piloting or investigating analytics application and database technologies have recovered or on target to recover their investments within three years.
>> 38% of all respondents say database costs are a fair or good deal for their companies; that's steady over our 2012 survey.
>> 26% of respondents with data marts in use cite alignment with new technology trends as a top factor influencing their choice of data mart.

In this report we:
>> Examine the business, technology and big data trends pushing the move to new database technologies, like cloud computing, database appliances, NoSQL databases, semantic and predictive analytics
>> Discuss ways to optimize the use of available data to improve effectiveness; gain competitive advantage; make more insightful business decisions; reduce costs; and make their systems more responsive, available and scalable.
>> Provide recommendations on a strategy to manage, store and leverage data as it marches through its useful life.

Respondent breakdown: All respondents are involved with their organizations' database strategies; 33% hail from organizations with 5,000 or more employees, while 24% work for companies with more than 10,000. Interestingly, the percentage with fewer than 100 employees nearly doubled to 15%, possibly an indication that the database cost-benefit equation has made usage relevant for smaller shops. Education and government are well-represented, and 39% of respondents are IT director/manager or IT executive management (C-level/VP) level; 11% hail from the business side. (R6620413)

Survey Name   InformationWeek 2013 State of Database Technology Survey
Survey Date   February 2013
Region   North America
Number of Respondents    716
Purpose   To determine the role of database technologies in the enterprise

Research Report