Data Infrastructure Debt is Hampering Business Returns
Blog: Jim Sinur
There is a great deal of effort and cost associated with keeping technological components up to date and easy to use for more organizational leverage. Some folks estimate that this can reach near 90% of the budget allocated for technology. Every time we add another technological component, the more debt an organization builds. It is excruciating for data infrastructures as data can be used repeatedly to leverage business benefits. It gets in the way of delivering the newly desired outcomes of better customer journeys, more automation for cost savings, and leveraging an organization’s resources in new and innovative ways. This post will concentrate on the data infrastructure portion of the technical dept. At the same time, it explores the causes, adverse effects, and how to solve them for data infrastructures and the ever-growing data sprawl.
Data Infrastructure Debt Causes
- An industry trend implies that modern applications need to be built on top of one or more special-purpose databases, thus adding more technical debt for each database. What makes this particularly difficult when combining and translating data for more use and leverage.
- Over the past decade, applications have become more data-hungry themselves. As a result, they require particular data dynamics, analytics, and models, implying more cross-use of existing data and new and unique databases.
- The explosion of free software tempts folks to leverage what software is already there, leading to more unique data infrastructure components. As a result, it creates a specialty database explosion.