Welcome!

Containers Expo Blog Authors: Radu Gheorghe, Mehdi Daoudi, Elizabeth White, Derek Weeks, Steve Latham

Related Topics: Containers Expo Blog, Java IoT, Microservices Expo, @CloudExpo

Containers Expo Blog: Article

Will IT Share the Fate of the Titanic?

Business’s dissatisfaction with IT is hidden under the surface

On April 12, 1912, the maiden voyage of the seemingly unsinkable RMS Titanic ended in disaster.

One hundred years later to the day, is IT is on course for a similar collision, with similar catastrophic fate?

An Increasingly Icy Relationship Between Business and IT
Business dissatisfaction with IT is well-chronicled by TDWI and others.  IT responsiveness surveys1 show an average time to add a data source of nearly eight weeks, with another seven weeks added-on to create a new report or dashboard.

TDWI research on the top five drivers for self-service BI2 show desultory results of similar magnitude:

  • Constantly changing business needs (65%)
  • IT's inability to satisfy new requests in a timely manner (57%)
  • The need to be a more analytics-driven organization (54%)
  • Slow and untimely access to information (47%)
  • Business user dissatisfaction with IT-delivered BI capabilities (34%)

Cloud Computing's Rise Validates Dissatisfaction
Accelerating growth in cloud computing growth is another example of business dissatisfaction with IT.  Forrester, in their April 2011 report entitled Sizing the Cloud projected cloud computing spend to rise six fold between 2011 and 2020. Other analysts firms are projecting similar levels of growth.

Approaching the Iceberg, Full Steam Ahead

IT's full-steam ahead mentality, seemingly with little care for their business customer, is not a course for long-term survival.

Like the proverbial iceberg, business leaders today are revealing just ten percent of their future plans in discussions covering analytics, mobile and cloud adoption.

Over the next few years, what lies surface the beneath will be fully revealed including:

  • Need analytics?  There's an app for that! Apple-like apps stores, full of easy to learn, personalize and use business applications, will serve business users' many and varied needs.
  • Need data?  Google it! Information access will be ubiquitous.
  • Need to visualize?  Play it! Location awareness and 3D visual reality will extend human sense and response in unprecedented ways.
  • Need computing?  Charge it! Massive cloud computing factories will address complexity and provide compelling economics at the expense of on-premise craftsmen and computing resources.
  • Need advice?  Twitter it! Mavens and super users will guide solutions by influence rather than IT standards.  Enjoy the wisdom of crowds!

Is IT positioned to meet these business needs? Or is a Titantic-scale disaster inevitable?

How Can IT Avoid Disaster?
What course corrections can IT take to maintain its preeminent role as business's technology partner?

Enterprise adoption of data virtualization is one course correction proven to improve business satisfaction with IT.  Increased business agility is the critical business benefit.

Examples to these benefits can be observed across hundreds of organizations and is clearly evident in the ten case studies described in the recently published Data Virtualization: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business Agility.

Why Business Will Value Data Virtualization
The recent Cloud Computing Journal Article, Why Your Business Will Value Data Virtualization, describes how data virtualization enables IT to provide business with the information it needs with greater agility and lower costs than traditional data integration approaches and technologies.

As a result, business units in every industry are pushing on IT to answer critical data virtualization adoption questions such as

  • How does data virtualization apply to our organization?
  • What general patterns of adoption can we leverage?
  • How can we meet our industry-specific data virtualization needs?

Will Data Virtualization Investments Payoff for the Business and IT?

IT business cases must demonstrate value through tangible business and IT metrics that align with the strategic objectives of the business units that they serve.   How to Justify Data Virtualization Investments identifies five key data virtualization value drivers for business and IT.  These include:

  • Sales Growth
  • Risk Reduction
  • Time Savings
  • Technology Savings
  • Staff Savings

Smooth Sailing or Disaster?
Like their business counterparts, IT has proven to be amazingly adaptive in times of challenge. Wary for business's growing dissatisfaction, with a few wise course corrections, for example the adoption of data virtualization, IT can continue as business's vehicle for success.

  1. Self-Service Business Intelligence: TDWI Best Practices Report, @TDWI July 2011
  2. 2011 TDWI BI Benchmark Report:  Organizational and Performance Metrics for Business Intelligence Teams, , @TDWI December 2011

More Stories By Robert Eve

Robert Eve is the EVP of Marketing at Composite Software, the data virtualization gold standard and co-author of Data Virtualization: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business Agility. Bob's experience includes executive level roles at leading enterprise software companies such as Mercury Interactive, PeopleSoft, and Oracle. Bob holds a Masters of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

@ThingsExpo Stories
Who are you? How do you introduce yourself? Do you use a name, or do you greet a friend by the last four digits of his social security number? Assuming you don’t, why are we content to associate our identity with 10 random digits assigned by our phone company? Identity is an issue that affects everyone, but as individuals we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ben Klang, Founder & President of Mojo Lingo, discussed the impact of technology on identity. Sho...
Technology vendors and analysts are eager to paint a rosy picture of how wonderful IoT is and why your deployment will be great with the use of their products and services. While it is easy to showcase successful IoT solutions, identifying IoT systems that missed the mark or failed can often provide more in the way of key lessons learned. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Peter Vanderminden, Principal Industry Analyst for IoT & Digital Supply Chain to Flatiron Strategies, will focus on how IoT depl...
Data is an unusual currency; it is not restricted by the same transactional limitations as money or people. In fact, the more that you leverage your data across multiple business use cases, the more valuable it becomes to the organization. And the same can be said about the organization’s analytics. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Bill Schmarzo, CTO for the Big Data Practice at Dell EMC, introduced a methodology for capturing, enriching and sharing data (and analytics) across the organization...
With all the incredible momentum behind the Internet of Things (IoT) industry, it is easy to forget that not a single CEO wakes up and wonders if “my IoT is broken.” What they wonder is if they are making the right decisions to do all they can to increase revenue, decrease costs, and improve customer experience – effectively the same challenges they have always had in growing their business. The exciting thing about the IoT industry is now these decisions can be better, faster, and smarter. Now ...
WebRTC is about the data channel as much as about video and audio conferencing. However, basically all commercial WebRTC applications have been built with a focus on audio and video. The handling of “data” has been limited to text chat and file download – all other data sharing seems to end with screensharing. What is holding back a more intensive use of peer-to-peer data? In her session at @ThingsExpo, Dr Silvia Pfeiffer, WebRTC Applications Team Lead at National ICT Australia, looked at differ...
The cloud market growth today is largely in public clouds. While there is a lot of spend in IT departments in virtualization, these aren’t yet translating into a true “cloud” experience within the enterprise. What is stopping the growth of the “private cloud” market? In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Nara Rajagopalan, CEO of Accelerite, explored the challenges in deploying, managing, and getting adoption for a private cloud within an enterprise. What are the key differences between wh...
"ReadyTalk is an audio and web video conferencing provider. We've really come to embrace WebRTC as the platform for our future of technology," explained Dan Cunningham, CTO of ReadyTalk, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at WebRTC Summit at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
In 2014, Amazon announced a new form of compute called Lambda. We didn't know it at the time, but this represented a fundamental shift in what we expect from cloud computing. Now, all of the major cloud computing vendors want to take part in this disruptive technology. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, John Jelinek IV, a web developer at Linux Academy, will discuss why major players like AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM Bluemix, and Google Cloud Platform are all trying to sidestep VMs and containers...
IoT is at the core or many Digital Transformation initiatives with the goal of re-inventing a company's business model. We all agree that collecting relevant IoT data will result in massive amounts of data needing to be stored. However, with the rapid development of IoT devices and ongoing business model transformation, we are not able to predict the volume and growth of IoT data. And with the lack of IoT history, traditional methods of IT and infrastructure planning based on the past do not app...
The many IoT deployments around the world are busy integrating smart devices and sensors into their enterprise IT infrastructures. Yet all of this technology – and there are an amazing number of choices – is of no use without the software to gather, communicate, and analyze the new data flows. Without software, there is no IT. In this power panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, Dave McCarthy, Director of Products at Bsquare Corporation; Alan Williamson, Principal ...
WebRTC has had a real tough three or four years, and so have those working with it. Only a few short years ago, the development world were excited about WebRTC and proclaiming how awesome it was. You might have played with the technology a couple of years ago, only to find the extra infrastructure requirements were painful to implement and poorly documented. This probably left a bitter taste in your mouth, especially when things went wrong.
SYS-CON Media announced today that @WebRTCSummit Blog, the largest WebRTC resource in the world, has been launched. @WebRTCSummit Blog offers top articles, news stories, and blog posts from the world's well-known experts and guarantees better exposure for its authors than any other publication. @WebRTCSummit Blog can be bookmarked ▸ Here @WebRTCSummit conference site can be bookmarked ▸ Here
A critical component of any IoT project is what to do with all the data being generated. This data needs to be captured, processed, structured, and stored in a way to facilitate different kinds of queries. Traditional data warehouse and analytical systems are mature technologies that can be used to handle certain kinds of queries, but they are not always well suited to many problems, particularly when there is a need for real-time insights.
Providing secure, mobile access to sensitive data sets is a critical element in realizing the full potential of cloud computing. However, large data caches remain inaccessible to edge devices for reasons of security, size, format or limited viewing capabilities. Medical imaging, computer aided design and seismic interpretation are just a few examples of industries facing this challenge. Rather than fighting for incremental gains by pulling these datasets to edge devices, we need to embrace the i...
Web Real-Time Communication APIs have quickly revolutionized what browsers are capable of. In addition to video and audio streams, we can now bi-directionally send arbitrary data over WebRTC's PeerConnection Data Channels. With the advent of Progressive Web Apps and new hardware APIs such as WebBluetooh and WebUSB, we can finally enable users to stitch together the Internet of Things directly from their browsers while communicating privately and securely in a decentralized way.
Fifty billion connected devices and still no winning protocols standards. HTTP, WebSockets, MQTT, and CoAP seem to be leading in the IoT protocol race at the moment but many more protocols are getting introduced on a regular basis. Each protocol has its pros and cons depending on the nature of the communications. Does there really need to be only one protocol to rule them all? Of course not. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, walked through how Octob...
The Internet of Things can drive efficiency for airlines and airports. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Sudip Majumder, senior director of development at Oracle, discussed the technical details of the connected airline baggage and related social media solutions. These IoT applications will enhance travelers' journey experience and drive efficiency for the airlines and the airports.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Catchpoint, a leading digital experience intelligence company, has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Catchpoint Systems is a leading Digital Performance Analytics company that provides unparalleled insight into your customer-critical services to help you consistently deliver an amazing customer experience. Designed for digital business, C...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo 2016 in New York. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, is co-located with 20th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry p...
In his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Bruce Swann, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Adobe Campaign, explored the key ingredients of cross-channel marketing in a digital world. Learn how the Adobe Marketing Cloud can help marketers embrace opportunities for personalized, relevant and real-time customer engagement across offline (direct mail, point of sale, call center) and digital (email, website, SMS, mobile apps, social networks, connected objects).