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One of the primary catalysts of this process-centric approach to defining the role of databases as a strategic asset is the en masse adoption of XML as a communications protocol, as it has been continually improved in terms of security and scalability (Roth, Hernandez, Coulthard, Yan, et al., 2006).
The role of XML is also critically important in the context of creating Web Services that have as their foundation the use of relational databases for enabling both informational and financial transactions (Erickson, Siau, 2008).
The development of query-based database logic in conjunction with constraint-based engines for database application development is leading to the development of configurable Web Services (Firat, Wu, Madnick, 2009).
The variation in data models has progressed rapidly, with the development of multidimensional tables that can pivot data sets to find additional insights not intuitively obvious from looking at the data itself.
Each of these topic areas forms the foundation of a DBAs' many tasks in supporting an organization.
The intent of this paper is to provide insights into each of these areas from a DBA standpoint, in terms of managing these areas as strategic concerns relative to the value of data in an organization.
As a result the role of the DBA is now marked more by collaboration combined with problem solving and less about purely being focused on technology expertise.
In other words there needs to be a balance of focus on collaboration, strategic vision of where the company is going and how databases fit in and contribute, and also how user preferences and needs can be translated into real-time data modeling (Konana, Gupta, Whinston, 2000).
All of these factors will be taken into account throughout the analysis of the factors presented regarding DBMS operation, optimization, management, security, scalability and future trending relative to SOAs and Web Services-based designs.
Database Management Systems The evolution of databases from simple hierarchical structures to enterprise-wide DBMS platforms parallels their growth from being purely focused on IT tasks to being entirely focused on business and strategic processes and objectives.