UNDERTAKE CAPACITY PLANNING IN THE IT INDUSTRY FOR DBMS SOFTWARE
Capacity planning for businesses is highly important, especially right before major projects are initiated. It helps to make sure that the company can cope with the growth of their customer base as well as future trading. As an instance, consider a case where a company develops an eCommerce website where customers can visit to shop online, but then fails to take into consideration, the increased flow of traffic on the system being used, numbering up to about an extra thousand users online. Such oversight will have drastic consequences most notable of which is that the site will run very slowly thereby making the customers go elsewhere to shop after their bad experience.
That being said, one can see how important it is for capacity planning to be implemented before new projects are undertaken.
Several years ago, the head office of a high ranking Australia based supermarket chain was relocated to Bella Vista from where it formerly was in Pennant Hills. Before such a move was undertaken, without a doubt, the team involved would have first, committed to a capacity plan. However, it was unfortunate that they failed to anticipate correctly, concerning the quick growth of the business which they later experienced. Their refusal to allow the employment of more staff meant that later, the new building had no office space which would contain them. To combat this, the two office locations were retained to accommodate staff until they were able to get a better option.
Businesses need capacity plans to prepare them for whatever changes might occur in their day to day operations in future. Aside from businesses, governments and other organizations can also benefit from capacity planning as well. Recently, due to bushfires in New South Wales, the University of Western Sydney offered scholarships as well as placements to higher secondary certificate students affected by the fires. Before doing such a thing, senior staff of the university must first have made sure they could follow through on their offer and accommodate the students. Capacity plans have myriad applications.
The IT department has the sole responsibility of maintaining the business's computer network. This computer network, in turn, needs the DBMS (Database Management System) to be working well, so it can also perform optimally. Businesses have large databases like Oracle, MySQL, IBM DB2 and so on, where all the information related to customers are stored. The capacity of the database differs based on various factors including the number of staff, how much customer info is being stored, available products and so on.
Data is stored every day by the Database Management System from the day to day business activities. Things like constant inquiries at every time of the day from sites connected to Database Management System software, online sales, down to use of network computers by the staff in carrying out their duties daily, will consume the capacity of the DBMS. In light of that, the IT department must remain constantly aware of the ratio of business growth to the capacity of their database systems.
Superiors in the department and company will get Database Management System performance and capacity reports at senior staff meetings of the IT department. With that information, when major business projects are about to be undertaken, a capacity plan will also be implemented to make sure everything goes along smoothly.