There’s a lot of homework to be done before making a big purchase–gathering research, asking detailed questions and ultimately determining which product best meets a given set of requirements. When it comes to selecting a database system that can support the analytical needs of a business, William McKnight, an enterprise information consultant and strategist, points out that database capabilities have exploded over the last few years, giving organizations a variety of options.
According to McKnight, the key to finding the perfect match is to weigh both current and future workloads against the benefits of different types of databases by looking at categories of information management storage.
With growing amounts of data coming from a greater variety of sources, organizations must ensure their database investment not only satisfies today’s enterprise data management needs, but that it will also be able to meet unforeseen challenges in the years ahead. That’s how you gain a sustainable competitive advantage.