The proliferation of mobile devices has created a number of opportunities for businesses. Companies built entirely on selling applications have a much larger target audience than they did in years past. In addition, organizations have the option of incorporating bring-your-own-device into their IT ecosystems, equipping workers with the latest gadgets and software. However, mobility also presents significant challenges for both consumers and enterprises.
There are a number of motivations for a consolidation project, including cost efficiency and gaining more visibility over corporate digital assets. Accommodation wholesaler Hotelbeds recognized the need to consolidate its architecture after an evaluation revealed it relied on many disparate, open source application servers. This resulted in significantly lower efficiency, particularly given the company's rapid expansion.
With the intention of keeping costs low, many businesses still use spreadsheets as makeshift analytics platforms. Software such as Excel has its uses, but spreadsheets are ill-equipped to handle the large volume of data that flows into the modern organization. Wendy Baum, executive vice president of finance at research firm NPD Group, told TechTarget this caused more than a few headaches at her organization. Each budget season, the company had to deploy unique Excel templates to accommodate its 180 different departments.
Businesses are increasingly faced with a need to bring together data from numerous systems, services and platforms. This not only drives analytics initiatives, but improves accuracy while reducing the redundancy and potential cost of managing large volumes of information. Research firm Gartner recently recognized data integration software leaders in its Magic Quadrant for Data Integration tools.
Many traditional software vendors have been hesitant to make the shift to the cloud and have pooled resources into continued development of their on-premises offerings. This can be a competitive disadvantage as more companies migrate to their assets to third-party infrastructure to gain flexibility and shift from capital expense to predictable operational costs.