Data Clouds: One Small Step for IT, One Giant Leap for Modern Enterprises

Archived Published: 14 October 2010 ID: G00207367


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A data cloud is a new IT concept that puts the full power of an enterprise's computer-based information into the hands of the people who carry out its mission. Data clouds provide self-service access to integrated and mashable information from siloed information systems. Data clouds liberate information from application silos and make it appropriately accessible to the businesspeople who need it. Forward-thinking enterprises are already implementing data clouds, and the technologies to build them are readily available. Enterprises can implement data clouds in a step-by-step, cost-effective manner, using a small collection of innovative tools and techniques.

Table of Contents

  • Summary of Findings
  • Analysis
    • The Pervasive Silo Problem in Enterprise IT
      • Connecting the Dots in the War on Terror
      • Hazards for Medical Patients
      • An Exceptional Victory in Medical Research
      • CFOs' Unfulfilled Requirement for Integrated Financial Information
      • Supply-Chain Woes
      • The Financial Crisis of 2007 to 2010
      • The Legacy and Permanence of Information Silos
    • Silos, Cloud Computing, and Data Clouds
      • Cloud Computing
      • Silos in Cloud Computing
      • Data Clouds
      • A Definition of Data Clouds
      • Data Warehouses and BI Applications
      • The Long Tail of Enterprise IT
      • Integrated Information Is Costly to Do Without
      • Enterprise Information Management and Data Clouds
    • Techniques and Technologies for Data Clouds
    • Data Cloud Pioneers
    • Strengths
    • Weaknesses
  • Gartner Definitions
  • Recommendations
    • Start Small
    • Start Right Away to Implement a Simple Data Cloud
    • Measure, Document, and Publish Your Progress and Results
    • Look for Opportunities to Move Beyond Simple Data Clouds
    • Build a Business Case and More-Capable Prototype
  • The Details
    • Implementing a Data Cloud
      • Stages of Data Cloud Implementations
      • Data Cloud Infrastructure
      • Impedance Mismatches
      • Characteristics of Data Clouds
      • Technical Requirements for DCI
    • Classifications of the Technologies for DCI
      • Classes of Data Clouds
      • Data Cloud Technology Vendors
  • Recommended Reading
  • Other Related Gartner Research
  • Notes
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