Biggest Challenges of Database Design

Biggest Challenges of Database Design

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Databases are key to the success of modern businesses—but there are some common problems that companies face. Here are three of the biggest challenges, as well as the best solutions for each.

 

1) Unstructured Growth of Data

As companies have started to gather more and more data, they’ve often seen that data being stored or used in ways they didn’t quite expect.

Some of them put it into databases that aren’t actually designed to reference it, while others fail to properly organize it in a way that makes it useful. A few unlucky companies have even run out of storage space, rendering them unable to continue acquiring data.

This kind of unstructured growth represents a fundamental flaw in the company’s database design—if your system can’t adequately handle all of the data it’s being given, then quite frankly, it’s not good enough.

Solution: A redesigned, all-in-one database designed to handle and store new kinds of information—even when it’s not expected. This kind of future-proofing allows a company to immediately begin collecting and using certain kinds of data when they realize they need it.

 

2) Unsecured Databases

Along with the sprawling growth of systems, many companies have seen that their data—and more importantly, their customers’ data—isn’t as secure as it ought to be. Every additional system and piece of software is fundamentally a vulnerability that hackers could exploit to gain access to the network, and most add-ons aren’t nearly as secure as the main database.

Solution: Rather than being stored in disparate “silos,” all information should be contained in one central location, with a single point of entry that can be used to stop unauthorized access. If your previous system was built well for its time, it may be possible to simply add the new security measures—otherwise, a new database may be necessary.

 

3) Finding Qualified Database Administrators

A database administrator (DBA) is an individual charged with overseeing the company’s database system on every level. This includes everything from deciding when to replace it to being responsible for its security… and quite frankly, people with the right skills for the job are hard to find.

Fundamentally, a DBA needs to have enough technical expertise to understand the system and enough management skill to be put in charge of managing one of the core parts of the company’s operations. Furthermore, since database designs can vary so widely, there’s no guarantee anyone with the perfect skill set is walking around.

Solution: If you can’t find someone, raise them. You may have to help pay for their training and education, but this is an increasingly important role in modern businesses, and it’s vital to have someone who is genuinely qualified for the position.

 

Are you thinking about redoing your company’s database to meet your current and future needs? If so, our team at Ethany can help you understand your problems and determine the best solution for your situation. Contact us today for a free consultation with our team of experts.