Clouds, Streams or Floods? What's Next in Enterprise Data
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  Alan Morrison   Alan Morrison
Sr. Research Fellow, Center for Technology and Innovation


Tuesday, March 16, 2010
08:30 AM - 09:45 AM

Level:  Business

Location:  Grand A

Of all the layers in the enterprise IT stack, the data layer is the most neglected. Even though we spend a lot of money on it, most CIOs and other execs are very apps-focused - they don't think a lot about architecture or data. And yet, architecture and data are critical, so much so that's what's happening with apps is disproportionate, given the lack of focus on other layers. There's an utter lack of synergy because of inattention to the lower layers and the lack of a holistic view of how things should work together. No wonder CIO budgets are maxed out.

Meanwhile, some see large volumes of data as a resource to be tapped, not a burden. They want to keep the history because of the insights it provides. The tools they're using keep pace at a manageable cost. Others are enabling higher levels of integration and more timely reporting. How are these companies managing when others aren't? This presentation will explore how the enterprise IT stack is changing, and what will these new capabilities mean for the CIO and the rest of the C-suite of large enterprises over the next three to five years.

  • The Exaflood - the expansion of data and data types
  • How are cloud providers influencing data architecture?
  • Will an emerging class of statistician/programmer determine the toolset for big data?
  • When RDBMSes run out of gas
  • How can stream computing allow real-time analytics of mostly unstructured data?
  • Semantics and where they pay off
  • What other new approaches can help the C-suite with timely, informed decisions?

Alan is the principal analyst and editorial lead for the data and enterprise architecture issues of the PwC Technology Forecast. His experience includes nearly ten years on the Tech Forecast staff studying the IT issues of large enterprises and forecasting the business implications of technology trends. Much of his research has focused on the future of the Internet, the Web and networking generally.

Before PwC, Alan spent seven years as an analyst for the semiconductor and retail industries. His experience also includes five years in Naval intelligence collection and analysis.

Alan has an MBA from Santa Clara University, an MA in International Policy and Russian Studies from the Monterey Institute and a BS in Liberal Studies from SUNY Albany.

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