DataStax: data is the hardest part of architecture modernisation

There’s a problem with architecture modernisation — and it’s a big problem.

As many as 99% of IT executives are said to currently report challenges with architecture modernisation — but what does that mean, who’s saying it and what should we do about it?

This ‘revalation’ (Ed – or… contrived PR-driven survey result designed to push a corporate message set perhaps?) has been made in the 2019 IT Architecture Modernisation Trends survey, as carried out by DataStax.

DataStax is, of course, the company that produces the most popular (commercially supported… or ‘production-certified’ as DataStax would put it) database built on open source Apache Cassandra.

Why is architecture modernisation is broken?

Because 98% of IT team managers report challenges with their corporate data architectures due to the presence of data silos i.e. elements of fixed data that remain isolated rom the rest of the organisation under the control of one single department (or team, or division etc,) due to either technical legacy issues or perhaps also cultural personal issues where teams don’t see eye to eye.

Data silos can also occur, of course, as a result of vendor lock-in and the DataStax survey says that this is noted as the issue in 95% of the 300 execs the company surveyed.

The hardest part

“What this report makes clear is that data is certainly the hardest part of architecture modernisation,” said DataStax SVP and chief product officer Robin Schumacher. “While the cloud makes so many things around architectures much easier, it also creates additional data-related challenges.”

Schumacher claims that DataStax helps enterprises face those (above) exact challenges, well, that’s what survey-based stores are for, right?

Key ‘findings’

  1. Architecture modernization is both necessary and hard: 100% of respondents are modernising their technology architecture — however, 99% report challenges with architecture modernisation and no standards exist for funding new application development.
  2. Cloud flexibility is key: 85% of respondents have cloud initiatives as part of modernisation efforts, 72% are moving to a hybrid or multi-cloud infrastructure — 95% have concerns about vendor lock-in.
  3. Data is the driving factor behind modernisation: 98% of respondents report challenges with their corporate data architectures with data silos topping the list — 84% say that they are developing more real-time transactional applications.
  4. Open source is increasingly valued by large organizations: 82% of respondents report that their teams are more receptive to open source today than five years ago and 50% report open source is part of their architecture modernization plans. 

Read the full report here.

< class="wp-caption-text">Obligatory silo image from Wikipedia


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