By Joe Fisher, EVP Worldwide Marketing, Axway
I recently read a piece Forrester’s Brian Hopkins wrote about enterprise architecture, the expansion of data, and big data in general. It got me thinking about some of the different trends and phases we’re seeing both out in the wild and within enterprises. It seems that yet another generation of technological innovation is upon us.
Twenty years ago, it was all about how fast we could get chips to process, how far we could shrink transistors down, and the optimization of silicon and microchips.
Ten years ago, we saw the rapid introduction, evolution and optimization of the Internet. People were focused on exchanging and interacting with a browser, moving information around efficiently, and connecting securely, especially within the enterprise. We did a lot of optimization there as well.
Today, I see a third phase emerging: social interaction. We’re no longer focused on connecting to a browser or email client. We’re focused on connecting and interacting with a billion people socially and professionally; and as developing nations become increasingly connected, that new reality continues to scale.
It started with Facebook and Twitter, and now I’m seeing it in the enterprise ecosystem. The volume of data and the velocity at which that data moves is taking existing enterprise infrastructure to the next level – and it’s all enabled through the networks facilitating social and business interactions.
But why now? Well, historically, we haven’t been able to scale big data sets quickly because we didn’t have the necessary elasticity within our ecosystems; but now we are transcending hybrid ecosystems so that it’s not just about your on-premise infrastructure, it’s about your cloud. Specifically, it’s about the cloud becoming a hybrid component that gives you enormous elasticity.
That’s important because, as Brian mentions, we’re now producing data in much larger volumes. When you consider the sheer amount of data – the number of files, the size of the files – that we must now move around, the entire data footprint has grown exponentially. It requires real elasticity and a truly hybrid architecture and ecosystem to enable that. This is especially true for virtualization technology.
Now that we’ve launched a new stage of high-volume social business interactions, we need to determine what we’re going to do with that data. We’ve spent the last few years taking inventory and warehousing it. All of a sudden we’re hit with a barrage of data, and what do we do with it? We stick it on the shelf, build more shelves, figure out where to put it, and continue to pile it into the warehouse.
Then we have to be quick about addressing several important questions:
- * How do we get control of this data?
- * How do we make sure we’re in compliance?
- * How do we leverage this data?
- * How do we utilize it for business value?
Just a few years ago we were simply trying to get control of the data; now we’re standing it on its head and devising ways to track the movement of goods and services more efficiently, drive operational efficiency, understand how to improve the top and bottom line of our business, and improve the cash flow of our business.
This is the next generation, and Axway is on the forefront of leveraging hybrid cloud ecosystems for elasticity, generating intelligence around event processing and event handling, and putting it all together to make business operate more efficiently.