Thank you for including me in the highly regarded IT industry premier online newsletter for data management professionals, TDAN.com, again. TDAN.com, along with DMReview, now Information Management publication, formerly edited by Ms. Jean M. Schauer – both reputable enterprise data management publications in the US IT industry, complemented my robust knowledge base in Oracle Database Administration. and as of 2004, TDAN.com, DMReveiw, InformationWeek, Storage and Information Security publications from TechTarget Group Publication were the major staple of my database administration news development in the US data management space, in addition to Oracle Magazine and Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) publications.
There is a need for societies around the world to become more data-driven, from data assets like elementary schools education enrolments to stats on repayments of higher institutions student’s loans, to sophisticated health care delivery systems and NASA aeronautical space discoveries. Leveraging nimble data management expertise is important to global financial services industries to deliver high frequency trading in nanoseconds with razor blade speed of delivery from data centers to Wall Street. These systems extend and around the world of stock market exchanges, to global supply chain behemoths stocking their stores with everyday American consumables sourced from China, to Chile and Africa, etc. Data assets are also important to policy analysts that need to ensure sound and informed macro-economic policies with high-fidelity econometrics, plus the need for innovative business intelligence information to be at the finger-tips of corporate czars of global corporations and policy wonks in governments around the world. All of these functions are enabled by nimble data management platforms and flexible enterprise architectures in a big data explosive global economy, with the need for prescient slicing and dicing of these big data by data management experts, resulting in intuitive and almost living data analytics that can breathe life into your next decisions online, in stores and across enterprises. Google is already in the forefront of such powerful predictive analytics!
Without scalable and agile data management platforms to store and source enterprise-data assets from across enterprises, the expanding, inter-connected global economy facilitated by the internet platform, mobile and enterprise business applications remain, at best, mechanical, with little or no life of their own. There would simply be no persistent data to enable intelligent decision making in such a connected global economy. In essence, accurate data management remains the live-wire of modern organizations, including governments around the world. This is possibly partially the reason for palpable fears around the world right now that see a lack of a very reliable data-driven culture in Asia, an economic episode that is currently rattling the stock exchanges and the global economy. The same is happening in the emerging market economies of South America and Africa due to a lack of a visible and coherent data-driven culture, because of lack of investment culture in information technology processes and social and public infrastructures over the years. In fact, according to a study published in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) newspaper on Monday, September 14, 2015, in the energy section, an independent study asserts that it will take African continent as a whole another sixty five years to have all year, all day reliable electricity, a basic essential for a data-driven economy and GDP growth.
So where does data management as a professional discipline go from here? From enterprises that need to store terabytes of data in a month long-span, to government agencies that must analyze vast quantities of data to meet critical informational needs of key decision makers and policy analysts or ordinary citizens across modern government institutions and across economic sectors both in developed and developing economies; it is clear that enterprises and governments must continue to invest in leading edge educational systems, public infrastructures, and information technology processes, with emphasis on training of new graduates at places of employment, including current IT professionals in evolving and new standards of technology practices and IT solutions delivery. Certainly the global economy needs more data management professionals ranging from DBAs to Data Scientists to Business Intelligence Analysts to Data Architects and Data Warehouse Analysts, etc.; core IT professionals who would help deliver the data-driven global economy needs of the 21st century across every economic sector. That way, our world can become truly agile, responsive, and inter-connected with relevant and timely data, providing accurate information online and at enterprises as needed.
Thank you for continuing with the good works at the rejuvenated TDAN.com online newsletter, and I hope great data management experts such as Mr. Craig S. Mullins whose expert writings on everything data management practices from Oracle to IBM to Microsoft to Sybase to SAP, etc. will continue to feature in the newly redesigned TDAN.com online newsletter, while inviting new generation and leading management data management gurus such as Mr. George Trujillo, etc. to the TDAN.com platform. It is great to be a living soul in this great country called America and in the 21st century global economy; and to be a budding Oracle DBA more than thirteen years after formal, professional IT certifications, depicts the depth and breadth of the burgeoning IT industry in America.
Martins O. Adegoke