Intriguing Integration Statistics from 2010

Loraine Lawson

It's almost the end of 2010, so I thought it might be fun to try a new type of post. I read recently that blog entries composed of statistics are usually popular with readers, which I found odd until I realized that, yes, I do read things like that. So I thought it'd be fun to try with integration and integration-related topics that I've covered over the past year.


Hey, if nothing else, it could provide you with fodder for justifying next year's projects, or, at the very least, a stat for a PowerPoint presentation or two.


Data Deluge


56 percent. Business and IT executives who reported being overwhelmed by the amount of data their company manages, according to "The Business Impact of Big Data," a global survey by Kelton Research, which queried 543 C-level executives, IT decision makers and business unit leaders at top companies located in 17 countries across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.


And yet ...


1 in 3 leaders said in the same survey that they need to access even more sources of data in order to perform their jobs better.


46 percent of companies surveyed also report they have made an inaccurate business decision as a result of bad or outdated data.


Managing the Data


52. The average number (mean) of full-time equivalent staff supporting enterprise-wide MDM centers, according to a survey by The Information Difference.


IT is often seen as the owner of data and responsible for managing databases. A survey by Dynamic Markets, conducted for Informatica, of 601 IT, sales and marketing professionals in the UK, France and Germany found that's not always the case for how they manage multiple enterprise databases. The survey found:


  • 32 percent allow database access and modification rights to all employees.
  • 80 percent of the sales and marketing departments say they purchased software without going through IT or the procurement department.
  • Nearly four in 10 of director-level respondents said circumventing the "proper channels" is okay-and 34 percent of respondents said it cuts down on internal bureaucracy.


The Money


$15.8 billion. Revenue generated by the global market for database and data integration software during the first half of 2010-a 10.9 percent growth over the same period in 2009, according to the IDC's Worldwide Database and Data Integration Software Tracker.


$1.5 billion. The amount Gartner recently said the worldwide software revenue market for master data management (MDM) will reach in 2010-a 14 percent increase over 2009. Good news for vendors, but ...


66 percent. Organizations Gartner says will have a hard time demonstrating MDM's business value.


47 percent. Companies that said they were more inclined to open source solutions because of the economy, according to a 451 Group survey. Findings from Gartner's recent Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools confirmed that more companies were investigating open source and other "low cost" integration solutions.


SOA's Success


84 percent. Global 2000 companies out that told Forrester they're using SOA or will be by year-end.

70 percent. Global 2000 SOA users queried in the same survey who said it delivered enough benefit to expand its use.


The Integration Messes of 2010


39 percent. Business technology professionals out of 326 surveyed by Information Week who said their customer-facing Web services had an "integrated system for navigating across their various sites." A related number: 45 percent of those queried said their companies ran more than five separate online sites, and an additional 14 percent reported managing more than 50 sites.


2,094. The number of federal data centers now in existence, which explains why the federal government is undergoing a massive consolidation with its data centers.


Five to eight companies out of 100. Those with a formal or somewhat formal process for data governance, according to Marty Mosely, CTO at Initiate. His estimate is based on an Initiate survey on data governance released over the summer, but conducted last winter.


Between 35 and 65 percent of $300 billion. Money spent on systems integration that is attributable to resolving semantic mismatches between systems, according to a survey by the consulting firm, Semantic Arts.

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