Running and growing a robust database is a complex and time-consuming process. But, if managed properly, it sets the business up for long-term success. Therefore, as a manager, you must first ask yourself what you want from a database and whether you have the resources and people to create and own it. In this episode of Sovereign DBaaS Decoded, we discuss the database methodology at Booking.com. Our guest is Kristian Köhntopp, the company’s principal system engineer. He and our host Vinay Joosery discuss the complexity of managing databases and the importance of having the right tools, processes, and people who understand their purpose and effect. Kristian also shares his thoughts on cloud migration and reveals the pros and cons of using cloud database services. Finally, he explains why ‘managing’ is not the best word for the database department’s responsibilities and suggests ‘automation’ in its stead.