ACCORDING TO RESEARCH by Informatica Corp, databases are not doing the job they were intended to do.
Informatica, which sells enterprise integration software, has published its research into how well databases are used and integrated, and warned that many are "falling short of ideals".
Although databases work well on paper, in practice they do less well, and while 99 per cent of large European organisations have "clearly defined objectives" for them, they aren't meeting these objectives.
According to Informatica there is a considerable difference between policy and practice. When asked, IT professionals and sales and marketing people said that they expected databases to provide 100 per cent accurate information.
But, in the real world just eighty per cent of these specialists were not completely confident that their company databases were up to date and accurate. IT professionals were slightly more confident, or perhaps better informed, and eighty three per cent of them agreed.
"Data management is one of the greatest challenges faced by organisations trying to gain a strategic advantage from harnessing the value of their information assets," said Mark Seager, VP of technology for EMEA at Informatica.
"It's very encouraging to see that this concept is now well understood in Europe, but unless companies take the plunge and begin to put theory into practice this insight will yield little practical benefit. Organisations must combine sensible, uniform policies with the right technologies to ensure both are used at all times."
The firm broke out a bit more information from its survey, but not a huge amount. You can draw your own conclusions. µ
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