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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?

Advertisements Interview: Talking Big Data and Cloud Computing

My interview with Dave Kellogg (aka Kellblog) was published today over on Big Data, Cloud Computing and Industry Perspectives with Dave Kellogg. I always enjoy catching up with Dave (especially if there’s a beer or two involved). In this interview he weighs in on Big Data and why it’s getting so much attention, the intersection between Big Data and Cloud Computing, and he even throws in some career advice – and it’s good news for any budding data scientists out there…

Here’s what Dave has to say about cloud integration:

“IT used to buy and run computers. Then they used to build and run applications. Then they focused on weaving together packaged applications. Going forward, they will focus on tightly integrating cloud-based services. They will also continue to focus on company-proprietary analytics used to gain competitive advantage.”

Be sure to check out the entire interview here.

Cloud in Action Interview: From Cloud Skeptical to Cloud First

I posted an interview yesterday on the blog with an IT thought leader in the financial services industry: From Cloud Skeptical to Cloud Curious to Cloud First. A few highlights:

“In the past I wasn’t building and managing infrastructure in the cloud, but rather using applications to perform end-user tasks. With the evolution of solutions like Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Informatica Cloud, my thinking has evolved to the point where I believe corporations can build out their entire application infrastructure in the Public Cloud. ”

“….the only obstacles to businesses moving applications to the cloud right now are:

  • Cost
  • Connectivity Speed
  • Lack of familiarity on behalf of in-house IT teams”

You can read the entire interview here.

Jeff Kaplan on Cloud Integration published a discussion I had recently with Jeff Kaplan, Founder and Managing Director of THINKstrategies. Not surprisingly, the discussion quickly turned to the importance of data integration to cloud success. I asked him why cloud data management is getting so much attention these days. His answer:

  • “First, because Cloud solutions are creating a new strata of resources that are generating and utilizing important data that is being layered on top of that which is being produced by organizations’ legacy systems and software.
  • Second, the data being generated by Cloud solutions can be accessed real-time and aggregated across multiple sources.
  • Third, capitalizing on this data is an important part of maximizing the value of the Cloud. Therefore, creating effective Cloud data management capabilities is essential.”
You can read the entire interview here.

Cloud Computing: Is Hybrid the New Black?

Sandhill.comI posted my second “Cloud in Action” article on this week: “Is Hybrid “The New Black” in The Era of Cloud Computing?” It’s a summary of a conversation I had recently with an Informatica Cloud customer who spearheaded a line of business-driven cloud data integration implementation. The interview highlights how much things have changed in terms of SaaS acceptance and adoption in the enterprise and points to some best-practices that more and more enterprise IT organizations are embracing to improve alignment with the business.

“…we now receive corporate guidance on how SaaS should be evaluated and implemented. I no longer feel like IT is trying to slow me down. Instead, their goal has been made clear: facilitate business continuity with no risk. We’ve established guidelines, governance and processes, which are actually very helpful.”

I’m interested in your feedback and experiences. You can read the entire interview here.

Keys to Enterprise ISV Success in the Cloud published an article I wrote today called, “Eight Keys to Enterprise ISV Success in the Cloud.” They are:

  1. Don’t Treat SaaS as “Just Another Product” (with reference to this 2007 SaaS BI article from Ken Rudin)
  2. Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Executive Commitment
  3. Figure Out Compensation Early
  4. Encourage SaaS Independence (But Leverage Your Core Technology)
  5. Embrace Multitenancy and Agile Development
  6. Establish the Right Partnerships
  7. Know Your Metrics (a topic I used to write a lot about at LucidEra)
  8. Focus on Customer Success (if you haven’t read Marc Benioff’s Behind the Cloud, you should!)

My hope is that the post will generate some discussion. Recently my friend Lew Cirne wrote an interesting post on the topic called, “Old Dogs, New Tricks and SaaS.” It’s a slightly different take on the opportunity and threat…

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 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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