Many enterprises are not getting maximum value out of their business application portfolios. While the causes are many and the symptoms varied, in many cases the root cause is that many applications are simply drowning in data. As application portfolios and data sources proliferate, a common net result is a downward of application performance and escalating management and maintenance costs. That leaves IT ill prepared to meet the business’s changing needs, addressing high profile requirements such as mobile platform integration, improved enterprise collaboration, or leveraging social computing. Many applications are also deemed unreliable because they fail to meet service level agreements, supply trusted data, or provide the visibility that the enterprise needs to navigate rapidly changing markets, customer demands, compliance mandates, and security vulnerabilities. Ovum recently surveyed 146 large enterprises across the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Australia to understand their challenges, business drivers, and strategies for optimizing their application portfolios – and the role that data plays in both the problem and solution. Targeting organizations with revenues of $100 million and up, the survey focused on those that had the kinds of heterogeneous applications portfolios that are typical for large enterprises.
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