Despite the ongoing progression to the cloud and the anticipated changes in data management strategy, the current state is defined by a multitude of data silos, traditional people-led data management practices, and established technologies, roles and change management processes. These characteristics lead to ongoing issues, such as slow time to market, low productivity and poor self-service.
That future state will be built on a foundation of augmented data management capabilities for data storage, integration, metadata and governance. The characteristics of this future state will include:
Financial governance: Optimal use of data management resources
DataOps: Operational excellence in data delivery
Data fabric: Flexible access, integration and management of data
Transitioning from the current to the future state will require data analytics leaders to address the gaps that exist and the management challenges organizations face resolving them. These gaps fall into three broad categories:
Cloud data management is technically different from on-premises data management, creating several gaps organizations need to address. For example, cloud applications have different approaches to: managing resources, including jobs, users, clusters; storing and processing data; and managing networks. These differences mean that organizations will not be able to move all existing applications as-is to the cloud. In some cases, you will have to reengineer the underlying architectures, solutions and operating models.
Operations (ops) plays a critical part in ensuring that your organization realizes value from data management investments. There are various ops tasks, including monitoring, performance-tuning, housekeeping and ongoing maintenance. The timing of upgrades and renewals also plays a role. Migrating your data management to the cloud will not necessarily address these ops gaps without a conscious eye on continuous improvement. Ask: Which ops activities can we retire? Which ops activities will change? Which new ops activities will be required?