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Overcome Data Gravity and the 'Heavy' Bits That Keep Data From Moving

Published: 19 September 2016

ID: G00308563

Analyst(s): Alan D. Duncan , Dave Russell, Adam Ronthal , Alan Dayley


For many organizations, data volumes have grown so large that it is difficult to migrate, integrate, share, govern and analyze; thus maximizing the full value of the data. Data gravity can be mitigated by data and analytics leaders through planning and innovative management approaches.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • High costs and complexity of data migration force data and analytic leaders to leave data in the current environment or with the current vendor
  • Data gravity drives the inversion of current operational models; applications are forced to be mobile versus data residency being static, forcing data and analytics managers to move applications, data services and analytics to where the data lives
  • Data virtualization, occurring in increasingly hybrid environments, affords the opportunity for data and analytics manager to apply new metadata-based integration points and data management approaches
    • Data Integration Complexity and Context
    • Importance of Metadata for Integration
    • Data Quality
  • Data gravity requires data and analytics leaders to curate information as an asset to assess a hierarchy of value and priority to the organization, including data residence

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