Data appliance platform selection and delivery: 10 pitfalls you must avoid

October 2012
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Data appliance platform selection and delivery:  10 pitfalls you must avoid

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Investing in a data appliance helps accelerate data movement across the enterprise. Unfortunately, many enterprises stumble or don’t know where to start during their project. The proliferation of data warehouse (DW) appliances brings with it benefits, challenges, and risks.

Over the past few years, we have seen the use of data warehouse (DW) appliances escalate, and the momentum continues to build. Fueled in part by the growing use of social media and mobile devices, the resulting data explosion is creating a compelling business need for today’s organizations—to store and process larger volumes of data and to deliver that data faster, thereby empowering both internal and external stakeholders to meet their analytical and operational needs.

When it comes to data movement, speed is of the essence. In our experience, data latency cascades into a negative impact on business users’ ability to access the timely and relevant information they need to make smarter business decisions faster. Organizations can no longer afford to operate in traditional data environments and legacy infrastructures that give rise to performance bottlenecks and stakeholder frustrations. In an era where enterprises are focused on figuring out creative ways to help operational and strategic decision makers leverage business intelligence, management is increasing its emphasis on achieving speed of data movement across the enterprise.