Amazing Apps are Driven by Data

Amazing Apps are Driven by Data

February 25, 2015 0 Comments

Three out of five new apps don't have full access to data because dev teams lack planning and infrastructure, says Mark Troester.

There once was a time when IT was also known as “data processing.” Yet even now, in a real time, interactive, mobile world, we are still processing data. When you are making an app, figuring out how to get data and keep it coming when needed is crucial to application success.

Surprisingly, however, in a recent survey we conducted on PaaS, businesses are not giving data enough attention, despite critical data integration challenges. We found that:

  • Just 10% of all respondents need only a single data source for a new application
  • Instead, over two-thirds (68%) require multiple data sources to be integrated on at least half, or more, of their apps
  • For an average application, 81% of respondents need two or more data sources.
  • Three in five (61%) applications do not have full access to each required data source

How can this discrepancy exist? Perhaps it should not be surprising given the heterogeneity that exists in many organizations, even small ones. And given the continuing explosion of data—in volume, variety, velocity and complexity.

The hazards of not planning for data integration

The data integration challenge creates problems for these businesses that seriously affect competitiveness and the bottom line. As illustrated in the survey, the main problems, and their consequence, are:

  • Application development efforts relating to integration take too long
  • Development efforts lead to unanticipated costs
  • Development involves too many manual steps.

The data integration challenge landscape

The totality of data integration challenges.

There are many different application types that are deployed differently. Some apps are deployed in the public cloud, some are in the private cloud. It’s the same with data.

Data may exist on-premise or in the cloud. Placing the burden on the application developer to navigate this environment and to address all of the different scenarios is a recipe for disaster. You need to think about this challenge as part of your application development infrastructure. This includes the ability for a public cloud app to get to data in another public cloud or to data that you keep on-premise.

Don’t forget that your on-premise applications also need access to other on-premise data sources as well as such public cloud data. Of course, you need to accomplish this data integration securely—without punching holes through the firewall—and you need optimal data performance for real time application support.

Data still matters—a lot. So plan ahead and make sure you have the right capabilities to make it work well.

Find out more

For more on creating a data-driven application development infrastructure, download my latest whitepaper, “9 Essentials to Create Amazing Applications Faster.”

We’d love to help you get started with a Platform as a Service (PaaS) environment that enables full access to necessary application data across your IT organization. Contact us now and we’ll get back to you right away.


Mark Troester

Mark Troester is the Vice President of Strategy at Progress. He guides the strategic go-to-market efforts for the Progress cognitive-first strategy. Mark has extensive experience in bringing application development and big data products to market. Previously, he led product marketing efforts at Sonatype, SAS and Progress DataDirect. Before these positions, Mark worked as a developer and developer manager for start-ups and enterprises alike. You can find him on LinkedIn or @mtroester on Twitter.

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