Thats why I was intrigued to hear from Helene Abrams, a long-time Oracle database expert and serial entrepreneur, and her latest company, eprentise. Abrams solution for the database consolidation problem is simple as long as you realize that simple means simple for the company trying to consolidate its databases, and not simple for the eprentise team that built this solution.
Eprentise has taken many of the core problems in true business-level consolidation the ones that require so much brute force that no one wants to even bother and automated them to such an extent that, Abrams claims, old-style database consolidation is now a thing of the past.
What this approach makes possible is a higher level of consolidation that can retain the historical data that was too often lost in traditional database consolidation, while offering a greater potential for savings and efficiency than has been offered by past consolidation efforts. Which means that Abrams and eprentise are promising a more effective consolidation process that has much greater business value, and therefore has an even larger potential for ROI than the database consolidation projects that dominate the market.
It almost sounds too good to be true, but its traditional database consolidation that was too good to be true. Database consolidation without business continuity has made the world a better place for IT managers and their budgets, but too often left the business side wanting, and needing, much more.
Being able to bring all that historical data into a new system, and doing so in a cost-effective and business-effective way, should open up a new perspective on the impact of business events like mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and new business opportunities. Rather than compounding risk by consolidating only some of the data, enterprises can minimize risk and move forward with a clear view of the past and a clear understanding of where a company has to go from here.
Eprentise is new, and the concept Abrams is touting has only been tested by a handful of companies that have worked with Abrams over the years as shes built up her automated business consolidation tools. But the need eprentise addresses is as old as commerce, and only growing in importance in todays dynamic business climate.
One day the accepted wisdom on database consolidation will have shifted dramatically, and that shift will be toward the kinds of solution that eprentise is bringing to market. Until then, consolidator, beware: Your project may have made IT more efficient, but theres a lot more you can do to help the business side succeed. A lot more.