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1 Research Report Abstract: Enterprise Database Trends in a Big Data World By Nik Rouda, Senior Analyst With Bill Lundell, Senior Research Analyst and Jennifer Gahm, Senior Project Manager July 2014

2 Introduction Research Objectives Research Report: Enterprise Database Trends in a Big Data World In order to assess the current database trends in public and private organizations, ESG recently surveyed 375 IT and business professionals representing large midmarket (500 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America. All respondents were personally responsible for or familiar with their organizations current database technology solutions and forward-looking plans and strategies. The survey was designed to answer the following questions: How many total production and non-production databases do organizations currently have deployed? What if any database consolidation efforts are organizations pursuing? Approximately how much data do organizations store in their average production database instance? How much data do they store in their largest production database instance? On average, at approximately what rate do organizations believe their total database data is growing annually in size? How do organizations describe the status of the relationship with their primary database vendor? In general, what challenges do organizations have with their current database environment and supporting infrastructure? What do they identify as their primary database challenge? Are organizations currently using NoSQL/NewSQL databases? Among those current users, how much of their total database data is stored in NoSQL/NewSQL databases? What do organizations expect will be their primary deployment strategy for net-new databases going forward? Survey participants represented a wide range of industries including manufacturing, financial services, health care, communications and media, retail, government, and business services. For more details, please see the Research Methodology and Respondent Demographics sections of this report.

3 Research Methodology To gather data for this report, ESG conducted a comprehensive online survey of IT and business professionals from private- and public-sector organizations in North America (United States and Canada) between February 7, 2014 and February 19, To qualify for this survey, respondents were required to be an IT or business professional familiar with or responsible for their organizations current database and/or business intelligence (BI)/analytics solution, as well as forward-looking strategies pertaining to these technology areas. All respondents were provided an incentive to complete the survey in the form of cash awards and/or cash equivalents. After filtering out unqualified respondents, removing duplicate responses, and screening the remaining completed responses (on a number of criteria) for data integrity, we were left with a final total sample of 375 IT and business professionals. Please see the Respondent Demographics section of this report for more information on these respondents. Note: Totals in figures and tables throughout this report may not add up to 100% due to rounding.

4 Research Report: Enterprise Database Trends in a Big Data World Respondent Demographics The data presented in this report is based on a survey of 375 qualified respondents. The following figures detail the demographics of the respondent base, including individual respondents job responsibilities, as well as respondent organizations length of existence, total number of employees, primary industry, and annual revenue. Respondents by Job Responsibility Respondents current job responsibilities are shown in Figure 1. Figure 1. Survey Respondents, by Job Responsibility Which of the following best describes your current responsibility within your organization? (Percent of respondents, N=375) IT staff, 3% Non-IT personnel (i.e., business manager, business analyst, data analyst, data scientist, etc.), 2% IT management/senior IT professional (e.g., Senior DBA, Architect, Data Scientist), 26% Senior IT management (e.g., CIO, VP of IT, Director of IT, etc.), 68% Source: Enterprise Strategy Group, Respondents by Number of Employees The number of employees in respondents organization is shown in Figure 2. Figure 2. Survey Respondents, by Number of Employees How many total employees does your organization have worldwide? (Percent of respondents, N=375) 20,000 or more, 13% 500 to 999, 13% 10,000 to 19,999, 24% 1,000 to 2,499, 14% 2,500 to 4,999, 19% 5,000 to 9,999, 17% Source: Enterprise Strategy Group, 2014.

5 Respondents by Industry Research Report: Enterprise Database Trends in a Big Data World Respondents were asked to identify their organization s primary industry. In total, ESG received completed, qualified respondents from individuals in 20 distinct vertical industries, plus an Other category. Respondents were then grouped into the broader categories shown in Figure 3. Figure 3. Survey Respondents, by Industry What is your organization s primary industry? (Percent of respondents, N=375) Government (Federal/National, State/Province/Local), 2% Other, 23% Manufacturing, 22% Retail/Wholesale, 6% Health Care, 6% Business Services (accounting, consulting, legal, etc.), 7% Communications & Media, 18% Financial (banking, securities, insurance), 15% Source: Enterprise Strategy Group, Respondents by Annual Revenue Respondent organizations annual revenue is shown in Figure 4. Figure 4. Survey Respondents, by Annual Revenue 30% 25% 20% 15% 10% 5% 0% 5% Less than $100 million What is your organization s total annual revenue ($US)? (Percent of respondents, N=375) 24% 10% $100 million to $ million 12% $500 million to $ million 19% 18% $1 billion to $4.999 billion 11% $5 billion to $10 billion to $20 billion or $9.999 billion $ billion more 1% Not applicable (e.g., public sector, nonprofit) Source: Enterprise Strategy Group, 2014.

6 Research Report: Enterprise Database Trends in a Big Data World Contents List of Figures... 3 List of Tables... 3 Executive Summary... 4 Report Conclusions... 4 Introduction... 5 Research Objectives... 5 Research Findings... 6 Current Database Landscape... 6 More Instances, More Data, More Challenges, and Now More Approaches Conclusion Research Methodology Respondent Demographics Respondents by Job Responsibility Respondents by Number of Employees Respondents by Industry Respondents by Annual Revenue... 19

7 Research Report: Enterprise Database Trends in a Big Data World List of Figures Figure 1. Total Number of Production and Non-production Databases... 6 Figure 2. Database Consolidation Efforts... 7 Figure 3. Amount of Data Stored: Average Production Database versus Largest Production Database... 8 Figure 4. Approximate Annual Growth Rate of Database Data... 8 Figure 5. Challenges with Database Environment and Supporting Infrastructure... 9 Figure 6. Challenges Specific to Database Size and/or Growth Figure 7. Challenges Specific to Database Performance Figure 8. Use of NoSQL/NewSQL Databases Figure 9. Percentage of Total Data Stored in All Databases Residing in NoSQL/NewSQL Databases Figure 10. Primary Database Vendor Satisfaction Level Figure 11. Net-new Database Deployment Strategy Figure 12. Survey Respondents, by Job Responsibility Figure 13. Survey Respondents, by Number of Employees Figure 14. Survey Respondents, by Industry Figure 15. Survey Respondents, by Annual Revenue List of Tables Table 1. Database Consolidation Efforts, by Total Number of Production Databases... 7 Table 2. Challenges Specific to Database Size and/or Growth, by Total Number of Production Databases Table 3. Use of NoSQL/NewSQL Databases, by Average Production Database Size Table 4. Net-new Database Deployment Strategy, by Total Number of Production Databases All trademark names are property of their respective companies. Information contained in this publication has been obtained by sources The Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) considers to be reliable but is not warranted by ESG. This publication may contain opinions of ESG, which are subject to change from time to time. This publication is copyrighted by The Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc. Any reproduction or redistribution of this publication, in whole or in part, whether in hard-copy format, electronically, or otherwise to persons not authorized to receive it, without the express consent of The Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc., is in violation of U.S. copyright law and will be subject to an action for civil damages and, if applicable, criminal prosecution. Should you have any questions, please contact ESG Client Relations at

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