Here's an interesting bit of information: It seems 81 percent-approximately eight out of 10-of European IT professionals queried in a recent survey say their networks hold unused applications. This costs money, of course, among other things.
What's more, 91 percent say these dormant apps have data associated with them sitting on the corporate network.
Here's the rub: Forty-six percent of respondents say those unused apps won't be removed because the data inside might be needed at a later date, with 26 percent specifically citing compliance or regulatory concerns.
Informatica commissioned Dynamic Markets to conduct the survey of 300 sales and marketing managers, plus 301 IT workers. It must be thrilled with those results. Just reading the results of the survey is nearly enough to send you data management shopping. Check out some of these findings:
That's without discussing the findings about business users sidestepping IT or the revelations that 32 percent of companies give all employees access and amendment rights to a range of corporate databases. Does anyone doubt this lack of data governance will cause problems down the road?
As you might expect, Informatica had something to say about all this insanity. In the press release announcing the survey results, Mark Seager, EMEA vice president of technology at Informatica, said:
Through chaotic and inconsistent approaches to how data is managed across the enterprise, companies increasingly have to "mind the data gap." This has an obvious impact on businesses' ability to utilize what is arguably their most valued asset. If data exists ad hoc across the enterprise, but organizations can't integrate it in order to generate a single view of their customers, then they're missing out on significant market and revenue growth opportunities.
I'd love to see a similar survey done in the U.S., because, frankly, I'm curious as to whether this is some sort of regional crazy or if it's a worldwide epidemic of bad data and application lifecycle management.
I also can't help but wonder how unused applications might impact other data-related initiatives, such as master data management. Incidentally, the market for customer and product hubs, plus related MDM services, is now expected to reach a whopping $2 billion within two years, according to research from the MDM Institute.
MDM Institute Chief Research Officer Aaron Zornes identified key MDM drivers in 2011 as provisioning "substantive amounts of master data governance;" partnering with faithful service providers; and betting on a mostly-proven or likely favorite MDM solution. One of the key drivers for that spending will be providing master data governance. This proves that, once again, the lessons of the past are often ignored. Governance is left to last, at great cost to all.