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DataOps Defined—Turning on Your DataOps Advantage

Brian Householder

July 30, 2019

I’ve often said that a business’s two most important assets are its people and its data. Ironically, one of the biggest pain points many companies are experiencing today is getting the right data in the hands of the right people at the right time.

The answer is DataOps.

Hitachi Vantara believes DataOps is the next big wave to hit the IT sector because it can unleash the FULL power and potential of your employees and your data.

I emphasize the word ”full” because when it comes to data, businesses today are just scratching the surface. Consider the following statistics from IDC—humans generated 33ZB of data in 2018, yet only 2.5% it was actually analyzed.

Just imagine the number of potential transformations that didn’t come to fruition because 97.5% of your data never made it into the hands of your team. With DataOps these “what if” scenarios will be a thing of the past, because your employees will be empowered with the right data at the right time.

Today we are at the very early stages in the DataOps journey—Gartner estimates the current adoption rate of DataOps at less than 1% of the addressable market—so it’s understandable that there are still many questions left to be answered.

For starters, what exactly is DataOps?

To really understand DataOps, we need to start with its predecessor, DevOps. DevOps was created to establish a more agile relationship between developers and IT operations in order to accelerate creation of new solutions and services—and it’s working.

According to a survey of 1,300 executives released last year by CA Technologies and Freeform Dynamics, companies embracing “DevOps and agile practices are seeing a 60 percent higher rate of revenue and profit growth, and are 2.4 times more likely than their mainstream counterparts to be growing their businesses at a rate of over 20 percent.”

Now imagine replicating this same process but for data. We know organizations want to remove data from silos. We also know they want to get this data into the hands of their employees who hold the key to turning data into outcomes—at both business and societal levels. But we hear far less about the “how.” Specifically, how can I do that when data has become more diverse, distributed and dense than ever. How can I get the right piece of data to the right employee at the right time while ensuring it remains secure? That seems like a massive undertaking.

At Hitachi Vantara we have identified a clear path to completely unleash the full power of these two most valuable assets through what we call the DataOps Advantage. Here is what your DataOps Advantage means for your organization.

1. Your business can scale, which enables the whole organization to get value from data that matters to them.
2. Data can be governed while it’s being used, reducing your risk and enabling new capabilities.
3. People can focus on where they are most valuable to the organization and, as they evolve, the practice will be ready for them.
4. Your company can become a data-first organization—where data consumers and data creators collaborate easily to drive value across the enterprise.

We’ve heard time and time again how vital data is to a business’s livelihood. What we’ve heard far less is how to get the right piece into the hands of the right employees so it can power incredible transformations. Until now. The answer is DataOps and it’s time to realize your DataOps Advantage with Hitachi Vantara. Stay tuned for blogs from our CMO Jonathan Martin and CIO Renée Lahti, who will provide additional insights into how Hitachi Vantara is continuing our own DataOps journey.