EDW Recap: 4 Lessons Learned from Using NoSQL

edwby Angela Guess

Srini Penchikala recently wrote in InfoQ, “Mike Bowers, Enterprise Data Architect at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), spoke at the recent Enterprise Data World Conference (EDW) about lessons learned from eight years of using NoSQL databases. He talked about the design considerations on how to choose a NoSQL database. NoSQL database adoption in a large organization takes significant effort and time for the transition from using relational database models to NoSQL databases. It also involves changing the culture of the organization at different levels of management.”

Penchikala goes on, “Mike shared success stories of introducing an emerging database technology (Document NoSQL database) into the enterprise, which has a large IT shop. Today they use it to run 189 applications to process billions of transactions. LDS church has 15 million members and provides thousands of documents in 188 published languages. They have 192 websites and applications in production (run on Marklogic servers) with billions of page views annually. NoSQL database adoption takes initiatives like having a NoSQL champion and getting the buy-in from developers and senior management team.”

Bowers’ lessons began: “Lesson 1: Every organization needs a NoSQL champion: This person will be influential across the organization and needs to convince both developers as well as upper management team in the company. Lesson 2: Must Get Management Buy-in: Upper management teams in Enterprises tend to prefer enterprise commercial databases whereas the senior managers in startup companies like open source databases. So, the NoSQL transition team will have to get management buy-in in bringing NoSQL databases into the organization.”

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Photo credit: EDW

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