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Mind the Gap: The app-data gap is stifling more than just productivity

Mark Lazarus, Director of Technology, Nimble Storage | July 5, 2016
This app-data gap not only has a negative impact on user experience, but also has repercussions on the business outcome and the organisational effectiveness.

This vendor-written piece has been edited by Executive Networks Media to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favour the submitter's approach.

In today's innovation-powered economy, ideas need to travel at the speed of thought. Business users now expect immediate access to data without interruption, demanding information at their fingertips anywhere and at any time.

With applications playing a growing role in our work, companies are relying on hundreds - and in some cases, thousands - of applications in their business processes. Whether it is in product development, or sales or marketing, the rapid growth in business applications and the underlying IT infrastructure that supports them are creating an increasing demand for real-time response. The increasingly complex grid of cloud-based infrastructure, data networks, storage systems, and servers can create downtime or unanticipated delays, causing inefficiency and frustration for users.

It is not just gamers or Netflix binge-watchers who should be concerned about this slowdown of information that threatens their digital gratification - businesses too, should be wary.

When the delivery of data to applications is disrupted, a gap is created. This app-data gap not only has a negative impact on user experience, but also has repercussions on the business outcome and the organisational effectiveness.

The impact on your business

According to a study conducted by Nimble Storage on nearly 3,000 IT professionals and business users based in the US, Germany, the UK, Australia, and Southeast Asia,companies in the US may be losing as much as US$7.5 billion of worker time annually due to delays and downtime.

In Southeast Asia, it seems the same situation abounds. Few organisations - if any - are spared: nearly 75 percent of Southeast Asian respondents reported that the speed of applications they use significantly impacts their ability to perform their best in the workplace, and 57 percent of Southeast Asian respondents say they lose more than 10 percent of their workday waiting on technology to deliver the information they need, compared with 42 percent in the U.K., 39 percent in Australia, and 30 percent in Germany.

But it's not just productivity that the app-data gap is stifling. Many organisations are looking to new technology and solutions to innovate processes and help improve their employees' performance. For instance, many small and mid-sized businesses are increasingly turning to customer relationship management applications to help them improve their services.

However, with 50 percent of Southeast Asian respondents stating they avoid using some software applications at work completely because they run too slowly, this gap between the data and the application creates a performance bottleneck that ultimately, also damages a business's ability to operate effectively and innovate.

The impact on IT 


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