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Research sponsored by Starburst and Red Hat shows data access is more critical for 53% of respondents since the pandemic
BOSTON, MA — March 4, 2021 — New market research commissioned by Starburst and Red Hat, shows that data access has become more critical for 53% of survey respondents throughout the pandemic as analytics workloads and demands increase significantly. The survey, conducted by independent research firm Enterprise Management Associates, found that the imperative for faster data access is about driving business outcomes, with 35% of survey respondents looking to analyze real-time changes to risk and 36% wanting to improve growth and revenue generation through more intelligent customer engagements.
More than one-third (37%) of survey respondents aren’t confident in their ability to access timely, relevant data for critical analytics and decision-making. “The State of Data and What’s Next” survey revealed that this lack of confidence stems from four main challenges currently facing data teams:
“Data is the lifeblood of any business trying to navigate today’s digital economy. What we’re seeing in these survey results is that organizations have clear demands for faster and more comprehensive data access, but technical challenges still exist,” said Justin Borgman CEO of Starburst. “It’s imperative that companies overcome these challenges because their customer experience, competitive advantage and growth depend on it. By empowering our customers to access all of their data, regardless of location, Starburst enables better and faster business decisions.”
The survey shows that enterprises are turning to specific practices and product capabilities to meet these challenges:
“The opportunity for every organization is to convert data into action,” said Mike Piech, Vice President and General Manager of Cloud Storage and Data Services at Red Hat. “But the challenge we see organizations facing is a veritable tsunami of diverse data in their hybrid cloud environments, with a range of users needing access to it, including application developer and DevOps teams, data science and data engineering teams, and cloud infrastructure teams. The imperative is to create a consistent foundation for storage that can handle a wider range of workload types, from structured databases and semi-structured data warehouses to unstructured data lakes. With this foundation, organizations can be better positioned to harness insights from their data, no matter where it comes from in their hybrid cloud environment.”
“It was clear even before this research that enterprise technology needs have drastically shifted over the past year,“ said John Santaferraro, Research Director at Enterprise Management Associates. “This research identifies that there is a chasm between data requirements and current capabilities, pinpoints what is most needed to bridge that chasm, and provides the roadmap for how technology solutions will need to evolve to meet these needs.”
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The survey of 402 respondents located in the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Australia and Singapore was conducted by independent research firm Enterprise Management Associates in December 2020. Respondents included IT decision makers and data management professionals from organizations across a range of industries, including manufacturing, retail, telecommunications, finance and more.
Starburst unlocks the value of data by making it fast and easy to access anywhere. Starburst queries data across any database, making it instantly actionable for data-driven organizations. With Starburst, teams can lower the total cost of their infrastructure and analytics investments, prevent vendor lock-in, and use the existing tools that work for their business.
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Founded in 1996, EMA is a leading industry analyst firm that specializes in providing deep insight across the full spectrum of IT and data management technologies. EMA analysts leverage a unique combination of practical experience, insight into industry best practices, and in-depth knowledge of current and planned vendor solutions to help their clients achieve their goals. Learn more about EMA research, analysis, and consulting services for enterprise line of business users, IT professionals and IT vendors at https://www.enterprisemanagement.com.
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