This is the classic question that IT has asked line of business (LOB) in order to plan their data integration priorities. This has been the only way to ensure IT would have the data ready when demand arrived.
Not only has this caused tremendous waste of IT resources in building interfaces with expensive SOA technologies for data that might never be needed, but in today’s fast-paced world, the question almost becomes absurd.
Who really knows what data they will need in 6 months?
The fastest growing source of data is web data; data in cloud apps, social media sites, partner portals, government portals and competitor sites. How can you possibly know exactly what will happen in the market in 6 months? You cannot.
The move to the cloud has been a great IT infrastructure cost saver, and has delivered innovative business apps like SalesForce, SuccessFactors, Eloqua just to name a few, but this “application spread” has added to the growing challenges of accessing data that is spreading everywhere.
This week I participated in a very interesting discussion on exactly this topic, “All-Access Pass: How to Get the Data You Need, Fast”, on the Information Management DM Radio.
Click on the link and register to hear DM Radio hosts Eric Kavanagh and Justin Kern as they interview Wayne Eckerson of the BI Leadership Forum, Gagan Mehra of Terracotta and myself around new integration technologies which can deliver on this question:
Can you plan for the data you will need tomorrow?
Yes that is possible!
Authored by: Stefan Andreasen, CTO and Co-Founder