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Why you need a Database Assessment

May 18, 2012

One of the biggest mistakes many organizations make is ignoring the potential situations and threats that can arise in their database environments. You’ve heard stories of mega-companies that have been brought to their knees by hacker groups, but believe that it would never happen to you. But could it? When is the last time you had your database assessed to pinpoint potential areas that could lead to a major situation?

Why are database assessments so important?

Security: Your data and database is the lifeblood of your organization. If something were to happen - if someone were to hack your database and steal vital information such as customers’ credit card and personal information – not only will you have a major crisis to handle, but you will surely have more than just a simple public relations problem. Most customers, especially those who may have to deal with potential or actual identity theft, will have a hard time trusting your company again. Determining if your database is in good shape by performing database assessments is key to protecting your database and your clients’ personal information.

Efficiency: Ultimately, your databases are the workhorses in your company. Whether it's client information, company information, inventory or other types of key data, you rely on the information contained in them to make the best decisions in a timely manner. What if your database doesn't provide accurate data? Or you can't access the data you need? How much more money could your organization make if your database were running at peak efficiency? How much money could you SAVE in labor, time and opportunity costs if it were optimal? A database assessment can identify areas for improvement.

Updates: Tying in with optimal performance is patch management. You may not have the resources or internal skillset to adequately maintain and update your databases, yet the technology is innovating rapidly! This could not only put your data at risk, but also decrease it's performance. During an assessment, you will also find out what updates are needed.

Your database is your responsibility, but you can't know what you don't know. That's why database assessments are so necessary. We encourage you to schedule one today!

About Commit DBA

CommitDBA is a database administration company that is committed to helping your organization protect and prevent potential data catastrophes. For more information about CommitDBA or how we can determine potential problems within your database – please give us a call at (800) 734-9304. Don’t wait until it is too late – call today!

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