2017 Data Connectivity Trends in SaaS, Relational & Big Data

2017 Data Connectivity Trends in SaaS, Relational & Big Data

June 21, 2017 0 Comments
Our 4th annual global survey reveals current trends in data use and the challenges in connecting to disruptive sources across SaaS, RDBMS, NoSQL and big data.

Today Progress released a survey that reveals increasing adoption of big data, explosive growth in SaaS data sources, continued use of relational databases and growing adoption of NoSQL. Concerns about increasing data sources, data variety and integrating cloud data with on-premises data are the top challenges faced by survey respondents.

Key findings of the survey:

  • Big data adoption increased from 50% to 61%
  • Hadoop Hive, Spark SQL and Hortonworks are dominating the big data market
  • SaaS adoption increased from 62% to 79%
  • 49% are challenged with integrating an increasing number of data sources
  • 71% are concerned about data breaches as they integrate cloud with ground
What big data sources do you or your customers currently use? And which do you or your customers plan to adopt in the next two years?

Big Data Sources

The 2017 Data Connectivity Outlook surveyed 1,200 participants around the globe, in various technical and business roles, representing a range of industries and organization sizes. It uncovers the top databases and data access interfaces, as well as popular applications and technologies used to connect database silos. You can download the entire report here.

Standards Adoption Growing

Given the variety of data sources reported by participants, it’s no surprise that the use of SQL and REST data access standards is increasing. Respondents are leveraging open standards to easily connect the expanding hybrid environment.

  • Almost 100% use data access standards, up from 88% last year
  • By 2019, ODBC is expected to increase 11%, JDBC 11%, OData 3% and REST significantly by 19%
  • OData is expected to grow in popularity 
Standards Usage

By 2019, use of ODBC is expected to increase 11%, JDBC 11%, OData 3%, while REST is expected to increase significantly by 19%.

Learn more about other popular interfaces in our complete report.

Hybrid Connectivity Now a Requirement

Regardless of how the data landscape is evolving, the survey shows that enterprises still have significant investments in on-premises RDBMS and big data. With SaaS adoption increasing, seamlessly integrating the two environments is a requirement.

Total Data Usage

Challenges in Accessing Data behind a Firewall

To connect cloud and ground, the majority of respondents use VPN or SSH tunneling to traverse the firewall. However, participants still voiced plenty of concerns about accessing data behind a firewall from the cloud:

Firewall Concerns

Commercial gateways such as our hybrid connectivity solutions are gaining in popularity. Learn more about how commercial gateways can help you securely access on-premises data.

Open Analytics Growing as Adoption of Embedded Analytics Increases

For a competitive edge, organizations are adopting multiple analytics and reporting solutions and using open standards to connect to the data. The total share of respondents using reporting and analytics tools is 63%. Overall, participants use standard SQL and REST interfaces for:


The survey shows that companies are adopting both embedded analytics and external analytics tools. This trend is giving rise to open analytics, which enables applications to expose standard SQL (ODBC, JDBC) or REST (OData) interfaces, even if a BI solution is embedded.

We’re very excited to share this comprehensive report on industry growth, cloud platforms, data protection laws, latest data sources, analytics, data integration challenges, standards and other relevant topics.

Get all the data and recommendations here:

Download the complete report


Nishanth Kadiyala

Nishanth Kadiyala is a Technical Marketing Manager at Progress. He got his B.Tech degree from IIT Guwahati and his MBA from UNC Chapel Hill. He has worked on several technologies including database designing, SQL querying and Cloud Computing in the past. Currently, he is committed to educating enterprises about standards based connectivity via ODBC, JDBC, ADO.NET and OData. He is also proficient with DataDirect Hybrid Connectivity Services – DataDirect Cloud and Hybrid Data Pipeline. You can stay in touch with him through Twitter.

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