Drowning in Data: The Cloud Opportunity and Threat

These two headlines caught my attention today:

Whether you believe that Applications Don’t Matter or not, will the clouds accelerate or slow down the data flood? As one CIO on today’s SaaScon Cloud Integration Panel put it:   “Data isn’t born and doesn’t die on premise!” My sense is that we’re poised for the perfect storm… (sorry, the cloud cliches are just too easy!)

Check out these stats from the Oracle Applications User Group survey:

  • 42 percent require one to five full-time employees to maintain a “legacy application”
  • One in seven requires even more headcount, and 14 percent devote a tenth of their annual IT budget to maintaining such applications
  • 75 percent make up to five copies of live production data for non-production purposes

And based on the Sandhill.com survey, M.R. Rangaswami projects that:

“Large enterprises with 10,000 to 15,000 applications are considering moving 2,000-3,000 applications to the cloud over the next three years or obtaining them there as software as a service.”

The data problem is getting worse and the shift to SaaS, PaaS, and Infrastructure as a Service is happening more quickly than most people thought. This probably explains why integration was mentioned in every CIO and vendor session I attended today at SaaScon.  Cloud computing may be the solution to many of the application issues cited above, but if cloud integration isn’t prioritized and managed from the outset, you’re just heading towards a much bigger data fragmentation problem and you won’t be coming up for air anytime soon…

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