• February 23, 2018

Why every DBA should love automation

Guest Author

Author:  Jon Tutcher, Cloud & Core Technology Director, EMEA, Oracle 

As both the importance and quantity of your data grows, Database Administrators are beginning to feel the strain. Here’s how a new approach to data management can make things easier for your people – while giving you the freedom to deliver data-driven transformation.

Data, We Have a Problem

The value of data in business is not a secret. Data is the new capital – your most important asset, and the good news is there’s more of it available than ever.

The biggest challenge now isn’t obtaining data, it’s making the most of it, especially in the face of limited resources.

Businesses holding and managing huge quantities of data are ready to use it to drive transformation, but a lack of resources and aging database environments that are difficult to maintain mean that they simply don’t have the freedom to do so.

The fact of the matter is, a huge opportunity is being missed.

A Brand New Approach

If you’re waiting for the good news, here it is: there’s a new approach to database management that can solve these problems, making your Database Administrators more efficient and productive,  giving you the freedom to transform your business. Allow us to introduce, Database Automation.

Database Automation is a term used to describe a “self-driving” database, that eliminates the complexity of data management while offering greater reliability, security, and operational efficiency – and for a lower cost.

In short, it means that you don’t have to be restricted by your own limitations, but can free up resources to do more with your data – no matter the size of your organisation. The benefits are numerous and varied, but let’s give you 2 that are key.

First is ease of use. Normally, spinning up a data warehouse or data mart, connecting it to your data, and being able to analyse for insights is a job that can take weeks. With an autonomous cloud-based warehouse, this time is reduced to a matter of minutes.

This means that you have the potential to react to market changes more quickly, and gain the insights needed to be more competitive as an organisation. And when markets change as quickly as they do, that ability to roll with the punches can be a powerful weapon in your arsenal.

The second key benefit is the ability to reduce the amount of time your Database Administrators spend on routine maintenance tasks and reactive fire-fighting. In many organisations, so much of a DBA’s time is spent being pulled in several different directions at once; trying to keep the service level maintained whilst doing time-consuming, yet essential, operational work.

As an autonomous data warehouse takes care of everything for you, like tuning, scaling and security patching, your people are free to focus their talents on the things that really help your business to grow and succeed. Time spent on operational work is vastly reduced, which leaves a great deal more room for innovation and important data analysis.  It also means any chance of human error associated with these tasks, is eliminated; which in turn reduces any unnecessary risk.

Ultimately, this new level of data management can help you perform beyond your limitations, ensuring the instant availability of data that really makes a difference. You’re able to scale at will, have the ability to gain rapid and actionable insights, and use the talent in your organisation in a more efficient and productive way. In short, you have complete freedom to transform.

What’s more, as an autonomous data warehouse is hosted in the cloud, all your capital expenditure on hardware and software is instantly transferred to an operational expense – so your up-front outgoings are reduced.

Sound good? To learn more about overcoming current data management challenges, watch our recent Webinar where we explored how automating common database management tasks can help you deliver real business value and achieve much more with limited database resources.

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