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    Executive Summaries


    NEW! Information Technology Performance Excellence Survey
    While many end users perceive the “cloud” as an amorphous, unseen network that provides services and applications anywhere and anytime they are needed with no work from consumers, this is far from the case. Behind every instance of cloud transformation, there are consumer-side information technology systems, applications, networks, and, yes, even hardware that provide the processing power, security, and storage that helps clouds function and integrate with enterprise business processes. The purpose of this report is to assess the delivery of IT performance excellence across a range of enterprises, and how this is translating into business profitability and growth.


    The Empowered Database: 2016 Enterprise Platform Decisions Survey
    Today’s successful organizations are data-driven. Many enterprises are building, maintaining, and accessing databases that scale well beyond the terabyte range. In fact, many have total data assets that now measure in the petabytes. But it’s not just the size of databases that is expanding. The increasing complexity of database environments is straining IT resources at most organizations, reducing agility, and increasing the costs and challenges associated with maintaining the performance and availability of business-critical systems.

    Perspectives From Leading IT Professionals: 2016 IOUG Cloud Security Survey
    A new survey of 306 IT professionals finds growing interest in moving data to the cloud, despite security concerns. In fact, nearly half of the respondents think that moving data to a public cloud will provide them with better security than they can achieve on premises. While many enterprises are taking a hybrid cloud/on-premises approach, there is still widespread belief that data breaches are inevitable for both environments. Although there is a feeling that private clouds are not as vulnerable to outside hackers as public clouds, respondents also understand that those environments are subject to internal user abuse or issues with legacy systems.

    Consolidate, Virtualize, Automate, and Standardize: 2016 IOUG IT Resources Survey
    This survey of 300 data managers and professionals, conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., finds that data managers and their organizations are hampered by routine database management activities, which soak up a great deal of time and budgets. The survey, conducted in partnership with EMC among members of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), represents respondents from organizations of all sizes and across various industries.

    Cloud Steps Up as a Data Storage Platform: 2016 IOUG Survey on Enterprise Data Storage Trends
    Storage requirements are growing by leaps and bounds, and more organizations are turning to the cloud to manage the load. Thus far, it’s mainly used for backup, data warehousing, development/test and archive. But, data managers and IT professionals continue to push the boundaries of cloud as a viable option for a range of data requirements.  

    Database as a Service Enters the Enterprise Mainstream: 2016 IOUG Survey on Database Cloud
    As cloud computing has risen across the enterprise landscape,a new form of information delivery has taken hold. Commonly referred to as Database as a Service, or DBaaS, this approach promises to finally crack the puzzle that has inhibited enterprise data shops for years—the challenge of sharing access to siloed data stores.

    Moving Data at the Speed of Business: 2016 IOUG Survey on Data Delivery StrategiesIs it possible to move data any faster than it now moves? There’s no question that the pace of data movement has quickened dramatically in recent years. This calls for new strategies for integrating data at the speed of business. This is the challenge as companies increasingly rely on data analytics in their decision making. A majority of managers and professionals in a new survey, 57%, state their business leaders now rely heavily on analytics in their day-to-day decision making. However, about the same number complain about a lack of complete information. Plus, most organizations are not where they want to be in terms of data delivery.


    2015 IOUG Data Protection and Availability Survey In today’s fast-paced digital economy, no organization can afford latency in its delivery of information to decision makersor customers. Enterprises are under pressure to deliver serviceson a 24x7 basis, and their data has to be ready as well. However,while an impressive array of technology exists to deliver dataon a real-time, continuous basis, even those organizations withmultiple redundancies built into their systems and networks stillface challenges keeping up.

    Data Integration for Cloud Survey In today’s diverse computing environments, data ends up in many different places, addressing many various demands. Data may need to be moved between on-premises systems and public clouds, between private and public clouds, between different hybrid clouds, or between different public clouds. The rise of big data—in its varying formats and files sizes, often required at realtime speeds—is proving to be an overwhelming data integration challenge. In the past, data professionals often could simply stitch together manual scripts, or plug in connectors or adapters to enable two different applications to pass data sets to each other.

    The Rapidly Accelerating Cloud-Enabled Enterprise Survey With the rapid adoption of cloud and the emergence of thecollaborative development operations (DevOps) approach withinenterprises, there’s been a great deal of speculation and discussionon the future of the database administrator role. Some punditscited the ever-accelerating needs of enterprises to push productsand services to market as quickly as possible, and to leveragecloud solutions and automation to manage the data side of thingsas evidence of obsolescence of the DBA role.


    DBA-Security Superhero: 2014 Enterprise Data Security SurveyWhen it comes to data security, today's enterprises are under assault as they never have been before. This year's Russian hacker breach by "CyberVor" was the most visible example of sensitive data falling into the wrong hands, but this incident was only one of many - the news never stops. The world needs a hero to step forward. In fact, it needs many heroes with the power and knowledge to step forth and do something about this problem. Database administrators are in the right place, at the right time. Data Security has evolved into a top business challenge. The challenge continues to grow and the villains are taking advantage of lax preventive and detective measures. 

    The Empowered Database: 2014 Enterprise Platform Decisions SurveyThe increasing size and complexity of database environments today is straining IT resources at most organizations, reducing agility, and increasing the costs and challenges associated with maintaining the performance and availability of business-critical systems. To address these concerns, many IT departments are looking for ways to automate routine tasks and free up assets. The use of virtualization to help accomplish these goals is well known. Likewise, the adoption of cloud services is becoming more commonplace, especially private clouds. In August 2014, Unisphere Research fielded a study among the members of IOUG to examine the current state of Oracle Database sites, including the key issues, priorities and solutions being adopted by organizations.

    Managing Exploding Data Growth in the Enterprise - 2014 IOUG Database Storage Survey
    Many data managers and professionals acknowledge that they have been encountering storage issues that have impacted the performance of associated applications and systems. There needs to be more work done to manage storage “smartly”—versus simply adding more disk capacity to existing systems or purchasing new systems from year to year. Smarter storage solutions include increased storage efficiency through data compression, information lifecycle management and consolidation, or deployment strategies such as tiered storage. At the same time, storage expenditures keep rising—eating a significant share of IT budgets and impeding other IT initiatives. For those with significant storage issues, the share storage takes out of IT budgets is even greater.

    Efficiency Isn't Enough: Data Centers Lead the Drive to Innovation - 2014 IOUG IT Resources Survey
    The capacity to expand into new ventures requires a data management function that is capable of supporting new challenges and even taking a leadership role. While enterprises rely more than ever on IT and data managers to deliver this competitive edge, these managers report that their departments and resources still tend to be mired in low-level database administration tasks, such as performing upgrades, fixes and patches, maintaining uptime and availability, and creating and maintaining copies of database information. Data management departments need to increase their output and productivity. But mere efficiency is not enough—IT and data managers need to make innovation a larger part of their jobs.The challenges of freeing up database budgets for more transformative IT initiatives are explored in a new global survey of data managers and professionals who are members of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) and their global partner organizations.


    Bringing Continuous Availability to Oracle Environments: 2013 Mission-Critical Applications Survey
    Many organizations today face a significant challenge that is negatively impacting their operational efficiency, revenue potential and ability to provide a trusted IT environment: the prevalence of mission-critical application downtime. To combat this problem, infrastructure owners and DBAs have introduced strategies to increase resiliency—however—both unplanned and planned downtime are still pervasive despite these efforts. The challenges of assuring continuous availability for databases and applications are explored in this new global surveyof 315 data managers and professionals who are members of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) and their global partner organizations. 

    Data Security: Leaders vs. Laggards: 2013 IOUG Enterprise Data Security Survey Executive Summary
    This report summarizes the findings from a survey of 322 data managers and professionals who are members of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG). The survey was underwritten by Oracle Corporation and conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc. Survey respondents hold a variety of job roles and represent a wide range of organization types, sizes, and industry verticals. The largest segment of respondents, 48%, holds the title of database administrator, followed by director or manager. Close to one-third work for very large organizations with more than 10,000 employees.By industry sector, the majority of respondents come from ITservice providers, government, financial services, and healthcare.

    From Database Clouds to Big Data: 2013 IOUG Survey on Database Manageability Executive Summary

    This survey provides valuable information for IT managers and decision makers who are concerned with meeting demand for database services in a world where both the number of requests as well as the associated data volumes are steadily climbing. The survey has discovered that the database as a service (DBaaS) delivery model has started to take root in IT, helping the early adopters to address agility and cost challenges of increasing database demand.


    Achieving Enterprise Data Performance 2013 Database Growth Survey Executive Summary

    It’s no secret that today’s organizations are awash with data. Data is streaming into transaction systems, appliances and devices from a wide variety of applications, and new sources including social media. Proponents of Big Data state that data contains veins rich with information for decision makers and the business, and many organizations have made it a priority to capture and use this data. However, what many organizations are also discovering is that managing and storing this all this data has a cost.While there is a drive across the industry to introduce new and more digitally compact forms of data storage, as well as cloud storage, these solutions do not get to the heart of the problem for enterprises—data needs to be managed more effectively, and tied closer to the business, from the start.This paper summarizes the findings from a survey of 322 data managers and professionals who are members of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG).


    Enterprise Cloudscapes: Deeper & More Strategic - 2012-13 IOUG Cloud Computing Executive Summary
    Cloud computing is no longer a novel concept being experimented with at the edge of the enterprise. It is now a mainstream business technology strategy that is delivering the agility and flexibility that businesses require to move forward. A new survey finds that cloud computing continues gaining converts within the enterprise, and is pushing down deep roots within companies that have deployed the approach.The opportunities and challenges presented by the growing cloud computing phenomenon are addressed in a new survey of data managers and professionals, most of whom are part of the Independent Oracle Users Group. The survey was underwritten by Oracle Corporation and conducted by Unisphere Research, adivision of Information Today, Inc. While definitions of “cloud” vary, for purposes of this survey, “private cloud” is defined as on-demand shared services provided to internal departments or lines of business within enterprises. “Public cloud” is defined as on-demand services provided by public cloud providers.


    Big Data Visionaries: 2013 Data Science Skills Survey
    Data scientists are being cast as the visionaries who will help guide their organizations into the future, by scooping up information from all corners of the enterprise and beyond,and figuring out ways to make that data tell compelling stories.However, many of the managers and professionals who will be tasked with this exciting new role—or, in some cases, already performing such magic with data—aren’t necessarily going to have the title of “data scientist” in their job descriptions. Rather,these individuals—whose backgrounds include IT and programming; math and statistics; and a willingness to look at things differently—already work within today's organizations,as database administrators, analysts, managers and consultants. Increasingly, the jobs of all these professionals encompass data scientist-style activities—taking raw data sets, and finding ways to extract the nuggets of information of value to the business.
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    Accelerating Enterprise Insights: 2013 IOUG In-Memory Strategies Survey
    Databases are hampered by reliance on diskbased storage, a technology that has been in place for more thantwo decades. Even with the addition of memory caches and solidstatedrives, the model of relying on repeated access to thepermanent information storage devices is still a bottleneckin capitalizing on today's “Big Data.” Enter in-memory technologies, which offer a way todramatically speed up repetitive access and analyze information,accomplished by loading complete data sets into computers’random access memory.
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    Closing the Security Gap: 2012 IOUG Enterprise Data Security Survey
    As organizations dramatically scale up the amount of data moving across their systems and business units, the risk of data breaches and abuse grows. Many organizations are managing more than a petabyte of data, which gets copied and proliferated for purposes of development, testing and backup.While data centers may have safeguards and best practices in place to protect data, there are no guarantees of whether other departments, business partners, or outsourced environments have the same rules and protocols.There are also measures that need to be taken to safeguard data from internal abuse; however, preventing privileged users from negligence or malfeasance is a serious challenge.
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    Testing the Bounds of Data Governance: 2012 IOUG Test Development & QA Survey
    Thanks to relentless global competition and an unforgiving economy, organizations have been under non-stop pressure to deliver products and services. For many the lifeblood of finding new opportunities has been to mine the data assets being gathered from all corners of their enterprise and beyond—transactions, customer data, employee input, and information about market conditions. However, in the rush to deliver results, many IT and development departments take shortcuts within the testing process, taking live data right out of production environments to run through testing, development and quality assurance(QA) processes. In a new survey of IT and data executives, respondents report their organizations are behind the curve when it comes to managing the risks that could come from exposing live data to less secure settings—including development departments and outside contractors. This is an Achilles’ heel that is being overlooked in data security efforts.
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    Big Data, Big Challenges, Big Opportunities: 2012 IOUG Big Data Strategies Survey
    Big Data techniques with their current enterprise data to gain that competitive advantage.The opportunities and challenges presented by Big Data are addressed in a new survey of data managers and professionals who are part of the Independent Oracle Users Group. The survey was underwritten by Oracle Corporation and conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc. Survey respondents hold a variety of job roles and represent a wide rangeof organization types and sizes and industry verticals. The largest segment (36%) of respondents hold the title of database administrator, followed by that of director or manager. Close to one-third work for very large organizations with more than10,000 employees. By industry sector, the majority of respondents come from IT service providers, financial services, education and government agencies. 
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    Enterprise Data and the Cost of Downtime: 2012 IOUG Database Availability Survey For every organization in today’s always-open global economy,success means ensuring access to enterprise data whenever it is needed. However, business operations are often hampered by interruptions in the flow of the vital data required to make decisions.When evaluating your organization’s approach to high availability, you must consider a range of issues: For example, if a mission-critical database goes offline, how long will it take to get things back up and running? What are the business costs of the delays, and what can be done to mitigate or eliminate delays in delivering data? These are some the questions posed in a new survey of Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) members, which explored issues with planned and unplanned downtime, alongside database high availability and disaster recovery solutions. The survey, underwritten by Oracle Corporation and conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc.
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    Enterprises Advance into the Cloud: 2011 IOUG Cloud Computing Survey The role of IT departments and management committees in managing private and public cloud efforts has increased over the past year as well, reflecting the increasing centralization of cloud efforts within enterprises. IT executives, in particular, are increasingly taking on a leadership role in identifying and managing both internal and external cloud resources for their enterprises.An August 2011 survey of 257 IT and data managers and professionals finds more organizations are embracing both private and public cloud computing.
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    Databases Are More at Risk Than Ever: 2011 IOUG Data Security Survey More than half way through, 2011 is shaping up to be a record year for data breaches. Many information security professionals are concerned about the increase in data breaches; however, a new survey from the Independent Oracle User Group (IOUG) finds that many IT security and database professionals have not done enough to secure their data from either insiders or external entities exploiting insider access. 
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    A New Dimension to Data Warehousing: 2011 IOUG Data Warehousing Survey Data warehousing is undergoing the most radical transformation seen since it was first conceived in the 1970s, and brought to market in the late 1980s and 1990s. Findings from a new survey of Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) members indicate that while most companies have well-established data warehouse systems, adoption is still limited within their organizations. 
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    The Petabyte Challenge: 2011 IOUG Database Growth Survey In this day and age, for many organizations, data is not only crossing into the hundreds of terabytes, but into the nearpetabyte (PB) and multi-petabyte range. In a new survey conducted by Unisphere Research among members of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), close to one out of ten respondents report that the total amount of online (disk-resident) data they manage today— taking into account all clones, snapshots, replicas and backups— tops a petabyte.
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    2011 IOUG Database Manageability Survey As the era of “Big Data” marches on unabated, data is coming from an ever wider range of sources, including transactional systems, mobile devices, sensors, streaming media, and social networks. This has placed tremendous pressure on IT departments to deliver database services faster and at lower operational costs. With  this rapid rise in demand for database services comes the stewardship and challenge of managing multiple databases. A new survey finds that data stores are expanding in many companies, and this growth contributes to numerous daily challenges and pains in database management.
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