Wonder what Gartner’s technology company clients think of this little story? Network World just quoted a Gartner guy from an Orlando conference to the effect that companies should stop buying more technology and work on maximizing current investments to correct all of the silo-ing we have been doing for the past ten years or so.
My bullshit meter is glowing orange.
I don’t disagree that companies have bought a lot of siloed crap, mostly recommended by Gartner and the other paid spokespersons of the vendor community, and that they need to be more judicious about what they buy in the future, but really! I think that Gartner needs to acquaint itself with Accenture’s “austerity trap” concept. Truth be told, you may need to make some strategic tech investments to fix the very problems that Gartner-advised tech investments have helped to create.
Deconstructing arrays is a good start. Pull all of the value add crapolla off the array where it makes sense to do so. Host some value add features as services in a network, where you can take advantage of port multiplication possibilities and reduce costs. Buy arrays at disk price instead of value add software mark-up. And make sure that you have a comprehensive management capability across all spindles.
Combine this with a mostly manual effort to understand data and make an investment in technologies like FileTek’s Trusted Edge to begin classifying data and sort out the storage junk drawer once and for all.
There are still strategic investments that companies must make. This latest Gartner foo is bizarre. I can’t understand how their vendor clients justify continuing investments in the company.