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How Distributed SQL Powers Your Enterprise Digital Transformation
Jun 28 2019
Software has become an increasingly critical driver for organizations large and small in every industry, and many you might not think of as software-driven organizations. Yet companies such as FedEx, Uber, and Ford all rely heavily on software applications. FedEx still delivers packages, but relies on software to do so - in fact, they created the first automated package shipping system for PCs, and enabled business-to-business transactions on their website in the mid-1990s. Uber disrupted the taxi industry almost entirely through the development and delivery of software. Ford Motor Company was incorporated in 1903, essentially disrupting the transportation industry, and it continues to invest in innovation. Anyone who has driven a recent-model Ford experiences this through the Wi-Fi receivers that turn the car into a mobile hotspot, the software that maximizes fuel efficiency, and the sensors that enable automatic parallel parking.
Software Innovation Drives Business
These innovations are primarily software-driven, regardless of the industry building the software applications. Customers today expect every business to deliver services to the market rapidly and offer these types of services to meet ever-changing demands. Organizations must accelerate application delivery and optimize availability to stay ahead of these expectations.
Luckily, modern application architectures and infrastructure help organizations as they seek to deliver the agility necessary to meet these expectations and move enterprise digital transformation initiatives forward. The question that remains is how to choose the right technologies for each application, and it can be a real struggle. There are a lot of options, and there’s no single solution that will work for every application.
The Role of the Database
For example, traditional database architectures necessitate heavyweight processes and development models. These monolithic relational databases weren’t designed for scalability and can’t deliver the agility businesses and applications need to achieve cloud adoption goals. For on-premise applications, however, these legacy databases continue to offer a reliable solution. NoSQL databases scale quite well, making them a good solution for applications that don’t require structured data. For other applications, a move to a NoSQL database requires extensive rewrite and redesign of existing applications, which incurs significant costs in terms of time, risks, training, and support. Distributed SQL, or NewSQL, databases deliver scalability and distributed deployment along with the benefits of a typical SQL database (transactional consistency and ACID compliance), while also addressing the data and application demands of an agile, rapid development environment.
Want to learn more? Watch our webinar with 451 Research on demand to:
- Discuss the journey for enterprises embarking on Digital Transformation across many industries
- Explore the technical areas comprising this transformation and the foundational technologies enabling it
- Discover how the banking industry is using digital transformation to gain scale, agility, and efficiency
- Demonstrate how banks are leveraging NuoDB to accelerate their transformation