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From the ground to the cloud: Take flight with data

Information integration and governance is giving data wings

Executive Architect, IBM

Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.
Leonardo da Vinci

Humans have a long history of trying to exceed their limitations. Whether developing language or inventing the wheel, people have achieved much during their time on earth. But not until the 18th century did humans realize one dream stretching back as far as recorded history: flight.

In 1783, Jean François Pilâtre de Rozier and Marquis d’Arlandes lifted off in a hot-air balloon for humankind’s first truly untethered aerial voyage. Exactly 120 years later, two American brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, tested a working airplane, giving wings to the dream. And when people got off the ground into the clouds, they never looked back.

Business data provides an apt parallel. When businesses began accumulating data, that data was locally based—on the ground, we might say. But when the World Wide Web gained currency, data left the ground and took flight—gaining altitude through network-connected servers and then reaching the cloud through interconnected networks.

Navigating beyond visual range

The first generation of pilots navigated by looking down at the ground, following familiar landmarks. This technique was effective up to about 500 feet for aircraft traveling very slowly and in cloudless weather. But flight technology did not stand still, and so pilots began seeking ever more capable navigational means. In particular, pilots required the ability to navigate in cloudy conditions, with gray all around them.

In much the same way, business users must navigate through local data, and their ability to do so has traditionally come through knowledge of their data and of what they want to achieve. But as data increasingly moves to the cloud, businesses are seeking tools that can help them navigate cloud-based data to arrive at effective business outcomes.

Filing a flight plan

Before setting out, a pilot charts a flight plan, identifying not only an embarkation point but also a destination point—a place where the aircraft will unload passengers or cargo. Similarly, when businesses identify the data that they need from the cloud, they must move that data from its current location for connection with business processes that can use it, transforming it and integrating it with local data—turning cloud data into useful business information.

http://www.ibmbigdatahub.com/sites/default/files/ground-to-cloud-blog.jpgFlying by instrument

Modern pilots rely on advanced navigational systems to help them follow their chosen course while allowing communication with remote aircraft centers and satellites. Similarly, modern businesses use on-premises data, share data with trusted business partners and access cloud data using Internet connectivity. Producing trusted business information thus requires not only local processing but also cloud processing and hybrid processing, all with a shared set of capabilities.

Do you have the means to navigate your business through the modern business environment, delivering high-value cargo where and when it is most needed? Modern cloud-based information integration and governance (IIG) capabilities offered by IBM can help businesses do the following:

  • Gain a trusted view of data using cloud deployment models, bringing speed, scalability and cost-effectiveness to your master data management environments with IBM Master Data Management on Cloud.
  • Rapidly expand your data integration capabilities into the cloud, using ad hoc development and testing environments to cut your IT expenses while shortening your time to market with IBM Data Stage on Cloud.

Is your business aiming for the sky? Bring your data in for a safe landing using IBM’s IIG solutions on cloud.