Creating a unified view of data still elusive for most organizations

Bob Violino August 30, 2018

Enterprises are facing a number of difficulties as they attempt to integrate data into their real-time security, operations and business decision making.

That is among the findings of a new survey by research firm Vanson Bourne commissioned by data operations company Devo Technology. The firm queried 400 business, IT, and security decision makers, and about two thirds (68 percent) said their organization has so much data it struggles to make use of it all.

While data is everywhere, creating a unified view of the information is challenging. About three quarters of the organizations (74 percent), said their business is currently using different systems for real-time and historical data storage and analysis, and 95 percent face obstacles when trying to get a single view of data.

Data is evolving and so are the means for acting on it, the report said, with 75 percent of IT and business professionals noting that searching for data is challenging and time-consuming.

Organizations struggle with the negative impacts of data silos. More data is being generated by IT, sensors, devices, business applications, etc., resulting in more data silos. Nearly all of those surveyed (98 percent), said their organization experiences challenges trying to reduce these silos.

Ninety-one percent of the respondents agree that combining historical data and real-time data would be valuable to their organization, providing true and more actionable insights.