Corporate Data Pool = central single protected storage of all enterprise data, accessible to everyone in the company
If we made a list of requirements this is what our new Corporate Data Pool should offer – all of these are real, existing customer requirements.
- High data quality - current and correct data, no duplicates
- High performance - lightning-fast response times (well below one second in any case)
- High capacity - capable of handling the expected data growth
- Protection of investments - existing applications continue to run with the Corporate Data Pool
- Flexibility - suitable for different requirements from existing and future business processes (transactions and analytics)
- Lower TCO - much more cost-effective than today's infrastructure (as we are shutting down many silos the cost of operations should drop by at least 20%)
- Security - safe and protectable (not everyone is allowed to see everything)
- Enterprise-readiness - capable to handle mission-critical applications, scalable
- Future-proofness - proven technology from a strong vendor
- Business continuity - transition without interruption of productive use of current systems
- Elimination of all interfaces between data silos and all related data provisioning processes (ETL, batch jobs, nightly data loads, etc.)
- Smaller data footprint (as we eliminate all duplicates)
- Less hardware (as we are shutting down silos and as we expect as smaller data footprint overall)
- Development should be more efficient as we do not need to worry about performance and origin of data anymore
- A consistent backup & restore should be very easy to do
Here comes Albert Einstein again: “We cannot solve a problem with the same thinking we used when we created it”. In other words: the current client-server architecture with relational databases is part of the problem, not of the solution.
But what is the alternative?