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New Study Finds Most Companies Ill-Prepared for Imminent Periods of Intense Data Flow
BPM Forum poll shows IT identifies multiple forces creating 'Digital Deluge'; organizations scrambling to add capacity and performance
(Palo Alto, CA - March 21, 2008)
Most IT organizations are not equipped to handle periods of intense data flow, despite the majority saying they know they are coming in the next year. More than half have already experienced productivity losses as a result of data overload at critical business junctures, and 25 percent willingly share specific stories of how poor data performance has hurt their business. As a result, most will add significant network storage capacity this year to keep up. These are among the findings of a new study called Uptime @ Crunch Time – Valuing the Need for Data Speed at Critical Business Inflections, conducted by the Business Performance Management (BPM) Forum and sponsored by BlueArc (www.bluearc.com), a leading high-performance network storage provider. The study assesses the importance of data performance to business success and the impact of downtime during peak periods of massive information processing. The findings reflect responses from more than 125 IT professionals in an online survey completed in the first quarter of 2008, in conjunction with dialogs with several enterprise IT executives. According to the study findings: More than a third said chances are good they will experience a significant spike in data volumes and user demand over the next yearFifty-six percent are not prepared or only somewhat prepared to handle the onslaughtSeventy-eight percent are not fully prepared to address any single spike of data that is over 10 times their average daily processing volumesEighty percent said storage performance and data access by employees, partners and customers are important to their businessNearly two-thirds plan to implement or expand network storage over the next year, and more than a third will experience a growth in storage needs of at least 50 percent in the next two years "We are encouraged to see that IT professionals recognize forces and factors driving the need for more capacity in the short term as well as the linkage between data performance and business success," said Derek Kober, Director of the BPM Forum. "The disturbing part is that so many companies are behind the eight ball in their preparedness for the looming threat of spikes and application demands."
Performance Equals Business
Respondents from the survey point out the direct correlation between data performance and their ability to speed time-to-market and time-to-revenue as well as avoid costly disasters. In fact, 83 percent said that implementing storage systems that could reduce processing time of critical business applications in half would lead to an increase in revenues. "As more businesses and industries realize that system performance is key to business success, the demand for higher IOPS, better throughput and greater capacity will continue to grow," said Steve Daheb, BlueArc senior vice president of marketing and business development. "This survey shows that not only are organizations planning upgrades to support additional growth, but also to avoid costly downtime during data surges they know are coming." A majority of organizations have already experienced productivity losses due to information overload. Stories ranged from the loss of weeks worth of data to lost revenue due to claims processing delays to product design data being compromised. And even short-term glitches of one day can be catastrophic to business, said 55 percent of respondents. Data Demand Drivers
A wide variety of strategic applications are driving the need for better data storage performance in the organization. Top applications cited by respondents included rich media files and applications, ERP, email and messaging, research, product development, and web traffic. And emerging IT pressures are weighing heavily on the need for better performance, including new application support, archiving and compliance, and web-based services. The complimentary Uptime @ Crunch Time – Valuing the Need for Data Speed at Critical Business Inflections executive summary is available on the program site at http://www.uptimeatcrunchtime.com. The full report is available for purchase for $199.
About the BPM Forum
The Business Performance Management (BPM) Forum is dedicated to advancing performance accountability, process improvement, operational visibility and compliance in global organizations. It provides support to thousands of senior executives and practitioners representing enterprises with more than $500 billion in combined annual revenues. The BPM Forum’s C-level members engage in research, thought leadership, and knowledge exchange programs around a variety of strategic issues and challenges. More information is available at: www.BPMForum.org.
About BlueArc Corporation
BlueArc is a leading network storage company focused on high performance and scalability, and on making environmentally responsible computing both possible and cost-effective. The company’s ability to drive server consolidation is reducing complexity, lowering total cost of ownership and cutting power and cooling expense. BlueArc enables companies to expand the ways they explore, discover, research, create, process and innovate in data-intensive environments. BlueArc’s products replace complex, cost-inefficient and power-hungry products with high performance, environmentally beneficial, scalable and easy-to-use systems capable of handling the most data intensive applications and environments. Information about BlueArc systems and services can be found at www.bluearc.com.