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'Tis the Season: Holiday Lights and Data Architecture Complexity

Posted by Brittany Taylor on Nov 15, 2017 12:00:00 PM

With Halloween now behind us, I can't help but think about the upcoming winter holidays. Like many children, I grew up helping my parents decorate the outside of our house with an abundance of holiday lights. My father, an electrical engineer by training, always meticulously organized the overall process, including how we prepared and organized the lights for the following year. As a child, I always thought the organization was a bit overkill. However, as an adult, I came to appreciate the extra time we spent organizing the boxes, wrapping and testing the lights, and sealing the bags airtight. If it weren't for the additional organization, the decorating process would have been stressful and ruined the overall holiday spirit.

Perhaps its the season, or maybe my passion for analytics, but the memory above reminds me of the growing complexity of enterprise data architectures. In the past, companies only had a handful of on-premise applications and data sources to organize and manage. Now, companies have hundreds of applications and data sources across the enterprise, both on-premise and in the cloud. This scenario inherently creates a data management nightmare. Its analogous to throwing all of your tangled outdoor holiday lights into random boxes after the holiday season is over. What a nightmare it would be to untangle and organize all of the lights the following year!

Fortunately, there are solutions to help with the increasingly complex data architectures. A hybrid data management portfolio allows companies to "untangle" the growing data architecture complexity. This kind of solution allows clients to have a 360-degree view of their enterprise's data by providing end-to-end data management, including connectivity, scalability, visibility, data quality and governance. These market-leading solutions can be leveraged through our recently announced "30 Days to Cloud Analytics" framework.  In this methodology, we enable our partners to help clients migrate, integrate and manage their data in a hybrid cloud environment.

While quite a stretch, were ultimately helping companies organize their "holiday lights architecture" to ensure the decorating process and overall holidays are pleasant.

Happy holidays to all of our customers, vendors and technology enthusiasts!

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Tags: Internet of Things (IoT), Data Architecture