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Make no mistake about it, executives are hungry for Big Data and the insights new forms of machine-generated and user-generated data can offer. However, Big Data analytics skills are hard to find, and even when they are available, hard to finance. As a result, the handling of Big Data analysis is defaulting to business users.
That’s one of the conclusions of a recent survey of 241 executives from across the globe, conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The survey confirms that data democracy is a positive force – the vast majority of respondents, 77%, favor enabling more of their employees with better access to Big Data and the ability to analyze it in the context of other relevant data. There may be inertia at the top, but a grassroots movement within organizations is forcing the revolution into a reality. (more…)
Sometimes when you want to sell SOA, you need to sell the concept and not the buzzword. Case in point, when I speak at a conference. If I talk about SOA patterns as a way to drive to a better architecture, I often see eyes begin to roll. However, if I say we’re looking to externalize services that will be meshed and re-meshed together to form business solutions, thus providing agility…the eyes light up. Funny thing is, I’m talking about the same thing. (more…)
In my last post I talked about airlines becoming more efficient (or not) and I started thinking about how everything today is about efficiency – not a bad thing when you consider the growth of data volumes we’re seeing everywhere (go to YouTube and search “exponential times” – some interesting videos). Efficiency is necessary for scale, but also efficiency is about better use of resources (think Green). (more…)
I spent last week at EMCWorld, and most of my time was spent engaging with customers in a variety of ways. One thing I always find interesting is the amazing consistency of priorities across our global customers.
For example, we held a session for executives, and I simply asked the open-ended question “regardless of whether it involves our products or not, what is your top IT priority this year.” The answer was clear, overwhelming and simple, yet also rather surprising.
But before I tell you the answer, I want to tell you why it was surprising to me. I keep up with the CIO surveys and the trends and buzzwords. This particular trend seems to be invisible in the media hype and yet this group of CIO’s and senior execs were almost in unanimous agreement that it was at the top of their priority list. (more…)
Loraine Lawson did a great job covering the topic of the integration challenges around the cloud and virtualization. She reports that “…a recent Internet Evolution column [by David Vellante] looks more broadly at the cloud integration question and concludes that insufficient integration is holding up both cloud computing and virtualization.”
In fact, what currently limits the number of cloud deployments is the lack of a clear understanding of data integration in the context of cloud computing. This is a rather easy problem to solve, but it’s often an afterthought.
The core issue is that cloud computing providers, other than Salesforce.com, don’t consider integration. Perhaps they are thinking, “If you use our cloud, then there is no reason to sync your data back to your enterprise. After all, we’re the final destination for your enterprise data, right?” Wrong. (more…)
One of our ISV Partners, Data Synapse, provides a solution for managing infrastructure more efficiently through virtualization and dynamic provisioning. In today’s cost-cutting/cost savings economy, their approach makes a lot of sense to get the most of our existing resources. We’ve jointly developed a solution that allows for co-existence of Informatica PowerCenter and other applications to ensure best use of hardware assets and dynamic “capacity scaling”.
This may seem complicated, but in reality, it’s a great marriage between two solutions that are a natural fit together. Many organizations leverage data integration as a night time function and BI during the day. By sharing the same pool of hardware infrastructure, organizations can ensure optimal usage of their resources.
For more information on this concept and how the joint solution works, see an upcoming webinar next week
DataSynapse and Informatica Host Webinar On Reducing Infrastructure Costs for Data Integration – Wednesday, October 15 at 11 a.m. EDT