In part 5 of “Memoirs of an Enterprise Architect” I discussed how to maximize value from the CMDB by integrating it with Troux. In Part 6, I will continue discussing integration and how it relates to Big Data.
Do you ever get overwhelmed by all of the new data you are being asked to integrate from every nook and cranny in your organization?
Integration is the key to understand where your business is now and where it needs to go tomorrow. Today, organizations are dealing with more and more disconnected data and something needs to be done.
What is Big Data?
Gartner defines Big Data as high volume, high velocity, and/or high variety information assets that require new forms of processing to enable decision making, insight discovery and process optimization.
Big Data often includes data sets whose size is beyond the ability of commonly used software tools to capture, manage, and process the data within a finite amount of time. Does this sound like the latest buzzword just being applied to a pre-existing problem?
If you notice in the IT world today, this is the top problem companies are jumping behind to try and provide a solution. In reality, this is about integrating disparate data sources, structured and unstructured, into a single repository, physical or virtual, in order to derive meaning with real-time analytics. This is exactly what I have been talking about when I refer to the connected enterprise and it is not a new problem. What is new, however, is the ever-increasing amount of data that organizations need to wrap their arms around in order to understand their business and make informed decisions. This has been the common theme to this blog series!
Transition to Real-Time Analytics
There is no doubt that times are changing around Big Data. Enterprise Architecture is the key to moving from a scheduled world to having the latest data available all the time and empowering organizations to make better decisions faster, with maximum agility, minimum cost and risk.
At my previous company, I started out generating reports to the business from a data mart that was updated once a day. As the business needs grew around the urgency to get updated data fast, the data marts were updated on a more frequent basis. This is just a stop-gap to providing real-time reporting and analytics.
Every effort made to get real-time data will require your organization to understand the business better by knowing who is using various technologies and applications, their job role, and what part of the business they reside. How? By integrating your HR data with Troux.
As your organization matures, you will integrate more systems with Troux. Each integration can be modeled from your initial one, greatly reducing the time to deliver more value to the business. CMDB and HR systems are two extremely important integration points enabling a rich Enterprise Architecture, but there are many others depending on the nature of your business.
If you have been reading my blogs then you already know that Troux has a very rich model for relating all of the data used by your business enabling you to truly transform the enterprise. Once you have integrated your CMDB, HR system, and other key data sources running your business, you have amassed a comprehensive repository and have a more complete picture of the connected enterprise. You can continue to provide scheduled reporting for those interested in business data that may not be that volatile, but Troux also provides a powerful interactive and ad-hoc analysis engine for making quick real-time decisions. This is the Holy Grail for Big Data and as an Enterprise Architect, you are well equipped to make this a reality for your organization.
What is your organization saying about Big Data? How do you see integration playing a role as part of the solution?
See you next week, same time, same place where I will change gears a little and discuss Data Classification, Compliance and how Enterprise Architecture can help.