Top 5 Reasons why Organizations are unable to use their Existing Databases

Oct 07, 2016

As technology permeates in our lives at unprecedented levels, the spreadsheets that once served their purposes in organizations will have to give way to huge data bases as well as the oft-dreaded database management systems. Companies may find that they have to deal with more data than they may know what to do with.

Talent Acquisition teams in Human Resources, receive thousands and thousands of resumes. Where do all these go? Below are some of the top reasons companies fail to optimize their existing databases.

1) Time Crunches for DBAs and Managers

Database administrators and recruiters are often over-scheduled with supervisory duties and other activities, leaving little time for updating and maintaining databases.

Solution: Managers and others can take control of their schedules and increase productivity with the use of cloud-based, intuitive data management and other tools, requiring less time spent on database activities while maintaining productivity.

2) Lack of Information on available DBMS Options

Non-DBA managers in other areas, such as Sales or HR, try to “make-do” with outdated ATS (Application Tracking System) or even resort to buying LinkedIn Corp Recruiter accounts as recruiting platforms instead of effectively managing existing data.

Solution: Recruiters can turn to all-in-one solutions such as those offered by Spire TalentSHIP® which can optimize talent management by understanding and managing both contextual and unstructured data.

3) Failure to Utilize the Latest DB Technology

Many organizations see their database simply as storage and so fail to make use of advanced features in newer updates, leaving much of its capacity unused. Or, they may want to change but are concerned about cost, as well as compatibility with existing systems.

Solution: Consultation with experienced third-party vendors can educate managers and others about available database management options, tools and support.

4) Users are Unclear as to the Purpose and use of Data as well as the ATS

Not having a plan in place within the organization for data management, as well as uncertainty over how to optimally utilize available data and ATS.

Solution: Senior management, IT professionals and other frontline users need to discuss what must produce the highest returns as well as plans to assemble and integrate HR data. A contextual platform sifts large volumes of resumes and job descriptions in the context of the business of the organization.

5) Databases may be Overwhelmed by the Volume, Velocity and Variety of Data

The speed (‘velocity’), increased volume and sheer variety of data can push an infrastructure to its limits.

Solution: Managing unstructured “Big Data” requires more innovative processing solutions with the ability to accurately analyze a business’ unique data management concerns and needs.

Determining a company’s database management needs and choosing the best solution can be time-consuming and sometimes frustrating. The Spire contextual platform generates meaning out of any textual content and this can come to the rescue of organizations which need intelligent technologies to make sense from their unstructured HR data.