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Digital Transformation Needs an Elastic SQL Database
Dec 21 2016
Sky-high customer expectations, the breakneck speed of innovation, rapidly evolving business models and relentless competitive pressures – it’s no wonder “digital transformation” has become such a prolific buzzword. However, the push to modernize business strategies and enterprise infrastructure is more than just a passing trend as our recent survey found. Of the more than 250 companies we surveyed across November and December, 86% noted they are planning or already conducting a project to modernize their data center. Further analysis overwhelmingly showed that companies of every size, across every industry, are facing the requirements for digital transformation head on in the hopes of addressing one very critical business driver: business agility.
Agility enables these organizations to constantly evolve and iterate, create efficiencies, speed time to market of new products and services, and keep up with elevated customer expectations. Given those factors, it didn’t surprise us to find that 9 out 10 respondents believe the database is critical to enabling agility in support of their digital transformation efforts. But what we were excited to uncover was the overwhelming propensity for foundational database elements such as a standard SQL interface and transactional consistency, in addition to the elasticity demanded by cloud, container, and microservices adoption.
According to our analysis, 70% of companies with more than 500 employees noted the move to cloud as an active initiative. Likewise the use of containers and microservices are on the rise as nearly ¾ noted their organizations are either using or planning to use containers in the next 12 months alone. And yet, despite the shift towards these modern architectures, companies still recognize the value and importance of traditional SQL (69%) and ACID (Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation, Durability) guarantees (68%). More than 60% of our respondents only use relational databases. Of those who called themselves NoSQL users, 62% of them firmly believe standard SQL support to be either “critical” or “very important,” and 75% still appreciated the value of ACID guarantees – that’s an even higher percentage than the general population! These numbers become even more impressive when we broke down software companies versus other industries.
It’s clear from these findings that the importance of traditional SQL elements and ACID guarantees remain unchanged even in the face of transformative infrastructure efforts. As organizations look to support digital transformation initiatives, the database will continue to serve as the lynchpin and as such the market will increasingly demand an elastic SQL database that maintains ACID compliance, meets performance expectations, and operates in cloud environments.
Is your database prepared to keep pace with the evolving requirements of the digital transformation era?
To see more of our findings check out our infographic or download our survey report.