IDC/Commvault: CIOs Face a Common Problem: Their Data Management Silos Are Creating Bottlenecks

40% of IT decision makers across APAC report that backup, recovery, data protection and analytics strategies are still managed at a departmental level, according to IDC. The study was commissioned by Commvault and surveyed 600 IT decision makers across Asia Pacific and India. Although focused on a specific geographical location, the survey results would be indicative of the common data management issues enterprises are facing around the world.

commvault-cloud-data“CIOs around the world face a common problem: their data management silos are creating bottlenecks that result in missed opportunities and prevent organizations from achieving the full value of their data as a powerful, strategic asset,” said Bryan Stibbard, Commvault’s Area Vice President for Australia and New Zealand. “By taking a more integrated approach to data management, they are able to more easily leverage new and more open technology like the cloud, while increasing information security.”

Other findings of the IDC survey include:

  • The top two data management challenges for APAC include demand for easier and faster data retrieval and exponential growth and complexity of data.
  • 34% of Australian and New Zealand (ANZ) IT decision makers cited security as a major issue of data silos, compared to an average of 29% across APAC.
  • 16% of ANZ IT decision makers stated that data silos are causing lower productivity and hindering the ability to collaborate.
  • Cloud remains among the top investment areas for IT, however the key challenge when moving data to the cloud in ANZ (32%) and across APAC (21%) is ensuring secure and real-time synchronization of confidential and business critical data to improve efficiency.

The issues of data silos are highlighted by the shift towards what IDC calls the “3rd Platform,” where businesses are increasingly focused on taking holistic views of their data in order to effectively make informed business decisions. The 3rd Platform approach would present significant opportunities for businesses to drive future growth and innovation and reinforce the risks in the departmental approach to data management.

idc-study-cloud“In the 3rd Platform era, becoming a data-driven organisation is no longer a choice, but a necessity,” said Daniel-Zoe Jimenez, Senior Program Manager, Big Data, Analytics, Enterprise Applications & Social from IDC. “Making decisions based on data-driven approaches not only increases the accuracy of results, but also provides consistency in how the results are interpreted and fed back into the business. This necessary shift in the way data is stored, managed and analysed requires organisations to move from departmental (or siloed) approaches when managing their data assets to an integrated data-driven culture.”

The survey and whitepaper, entitled “The Data-Driven Organisation: Unlocking Greater Value from Data and Minimising its Associated Costs and Risks,” covered 10 countries: Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and India.

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