Posts Tagged 'Gartner'

Cloud Integration and Data Management at Informatica World 2013

I recorded a brief video this week on the new Hybrid IT track that will be a big part of Informatica World 2013. It wasn’t too long ago that there were only a few sessions focused on the topic of cloud integration.

What’s changed?

Analyst firms like Gartner are publishing more and more research on the importance of integration platform as a service (see: Enterprises Should Use iPaaS for Cloud Integration) and enterprise IT organizations continue to seek new ways to keep up with the need for speed, while maintaining good governance practices as SaaS application adoption continues to accelerate.

Join the Informatica team in Las Vegas in June to learn more.

Big Data and Cloud Analytics Discussion

I sat down with my friend Patrick Morrissey this week to discuss the business intelligence market, Big Data and all things cloud. Pat runs marketing for a hot new company called Tidemark. This was a follow up to a discussion published on the site: Enterprise Performance Management in the Cloud on an iPad.

Here are the questions he asked. You can read my answers here: Five for Friday – Darren Cunningham of Informatica Cloud.

  1. Analytics and business intelligence are top of mind for organizations today and Gartner says that BI is the #1 CIO priority in 2012.  Why is this such a hot button issue?
  2. If analytics are so critical to business success, why do so many projects fail?
  3. There is a lot of talk about “Big Data” in the press, blogs and industry events. How do you think about Big Data?
  4. Many larger organizations are now moving to “Cloud First” as their enterprise IT and application strategy.  How does cloud change the game?

Definitely some great questions – how did I do? Want to take a stab at answering them? What’s your POV?

The 2012 Future of Cloud Computing Survey Results @mjskok

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A colleague of mine just sent me the 2012 Future of Cloud Computing Survey results from the venture capital firm North Bridge.  There were 785 survey respondents, which included a mix of line of business, CXO, IT and other. 65% of of the respondents were vendors and 35% were customers, which may skew the results to cloud, but the results are aligned with research from IDC, Gartner and other industry analyst firms.

A few of the results that my colleague highlighted as noteworthy (and I agree) are:

  1. 75% of SW will be developed using PaaS in 2017
  2. Confidence in Cloud for mission critical up from 13% in their 2011 survey to 50% in their 2012 survey
  3. Consistent with IDC’s forecast, around 85% of all new SW will be delivered via Cloud (SaaS)
  4. 55% of CIOs will increase spending in SaaS in 2012
  5. Only 3% of respondents view Cloud as too risky (10% last year)
  6. Venture investment in Cloud grew by 50% 2010-2011 to $2.4B

Do you agree with the results? Any naysayers still out there? With quotes from SAP included in the presentation, clearly hybrid is the new black

Great job Michael J Skok for putting together a very nice presentation of your data. I’d have embedded it here, but it doesn’t seem to be enabled for the presentation in Slideshare.

Integration Platform as a Service Announced

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Last week Informatica Cloud Summer 2012 was announced. The company’s award-winning multi-tenant integration service now processes more than 1 billion cloud integration transactions per day and this release introduces a Cloud Connector Toolkit and Cloud Integration Templates that will be be available in a new Developer Edition.

Gartner analyst Yefim Natis has this to say about the growing significance of integration platform as a service (iPaaS):

“Gartner expects iPaaS adoption to grow significantly during the next five years. Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) can provide a foundation for hybrid cloud computing, engaging old and new applications and data, on-premises and in the cloud. iPaaS is a key component of any comprehensive cloud application infrastructure offering and an essential requirement for future leadership in PaaS markets by any vendor.”

You can read more about the Informatica Cloud integration platform as a service (iPaaS) components on the Perspectives blog and read some of the coverage here. I’ve also embedded the webinar we delivered on the release below:


5 Requirements for a Big Data Integration Platform

Two articles caught my attention today – and not surprisingly both had to do with Big Data and Cloud Computing.

Microsoft’s, Google’s big data plans give IT an edge – an interesting take on Google vs. Microsoft with good details on both. Note the recent stat from Gartner in the intro: “By 2015, companies that have adopted big data and extreme information management will begin to outperform unprepared competitors by 20% in every available financial metric.”

Sounds like Information Management has gone Extreme. Very exciting!

The other article comes from Loraine Lawson, who recently interviewed the always quotable James Markarian from Informatica: Big Data Platform Should Support Data Exploration. He outlines five key requirememts for a Big Data Integration Platform:

  1. Integration from a variety (there’s that word again!) of sources, from mainframes to messaging systems.
  2. Data quality and data governance.
  3. Text analytics and sentiment analysis.
  4. Support for R.
  5. A new attitude about analysis and design schemas.
You can read the entire interview here.

Here’s another interview with James, if you want more on the Big Data Integration topic:


Mock Gartner Quads and a Movie

Strangely, my 2 year old slept in this morning so I fired up Twitter and immediately clicked through to these two posts – both equally funny and scary to think about at the same time.

  1. Enterprise Irregulars: Variations on Hype Quadrants.. no Magic Hype… no, Hype Cycle.. or is it Magic Quadrant?
  2. BusinessCloud9: Hollywood Plans The Movie

Ok, my son is now up but I don’t think either of these need much commentary. Good stuff!

Enjoy your weekend.

Gartner: Data Warehousing at an Inflection Point

A few weeks ago at Informatica‘s annual industry analyst summit, one my favorite tweets was: “Who would have thought that 10 years later data warehousing would still be interesting?”

Well, today Gartner put out the following press release:  Gartner Says Data Warehousing Reaching Its Most Significant Inflection Point Since Its Inception. While there was surprisingly no mention of the impact of cloud computing, the release does make an important point about the shift in the balance of power from database management vendors to data integration vendors:

“Analysts maintain that there is a real opportunity for data integration tools vendors to challenge the database management system (DBMS) vendors as the primary data management architecture, and the DBMS vendors should not underestimate this potential competition.”

Additional information is available in the Gartner report “The State of Data Warehousing in 2011.” The report is available on Gartner’s website at

Gartner Integration, B2B and Cloud Services Brokerage Predictions

Gartner’s Benoit Lheureux has posted two Strategic Planning Assumption Predictions for Integration, B2B and Cloud Services Brokerage on his blog:

  • By 2014, the CSB vendor landscape will have grown from dozens to hundreds of providers.
  • By 2015, 50% of “Integration as a Service” (IaaS) will be consumed as an embedded feature of other IT offerings.

While I think that the IaaS acronym is accepted by most to mean Infrastructure as a Service (Public and Private Cloud), I do agree with the embedded nature of cloud integration. D&B360 is a great example. I like how Tom Carlock puts it in this Informatica Cloud video:

You Can’t Put the Cloud Horse Back in the Barn

Thanks to my friend @rssanborn for tweeting this 2015 Cloud Checklist:

  1. Accept that many cloud providers already are better at security than you are.
  2. Private clouds should not be your end game.
  3. Know how to structure contracts.
  4. Understand the workloads you’re supporting.
  5. Seek coordination (not control) of cloud resources.

#5 in particular caught my attention. It speaks to some of the issues I’ve written about in this post about cloud politics and the role of data integration. I like how the author of the CIO Insight post, Tony Contzer, puts it:

“Those who try to put the kibosh on a business unit’s rogue adoption of cloud services are on the same fruitless path as the CIOs who fought Web browsers and voice over IP.”

The article features a few choice quotes from Gartner‘s Daryl Plummer (see his video interview in this post). He notes:

“Business units are not going to let you take back control. You can’t put the horse back in the barn.”

I was recently interviewed by Leigh Dow at ITToolbox and put it this way:

“With the SaaS model, the business can just go get software, do a trial with a credit card and start adopting and managing SaaS applications autonomously.  What often happens is a spiral of tools manifest in the company and at some point you get “SaaS sprawl.”  No different than what we saw in BI in the Data Warehousing space when data marts popped up and at some point they needed to be consolidated.  It is becoming a huge problem for IT. One customer told me, “we need to get on this cloud train or get run over by it”. Being the “department of no” isn’t an option.

The Role of IT in 2011: Just Saying No is Not an Option

I’ve been working on my 2011 cloud integration predictions and came across this fantastic interview on the Salesforce blog between John Taschek and Gartner’s Daryl Plummer. The provocative post is called, “IT: Become Relevant or Die.” Here’s the interview…be sure to have pen and paper ready for note taking (yes, I’m old school).


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