New Technology, Old Challenges

-by Joe Goldberg, Solutions Marketing Consultant, BMC Software Inc.

The human creative spirit takes flight on a regular basis. We are lucky to be living in an age of seemingly constant, breath-taking innovation. Just when worship-alone.jpgyou’d think “It just can’t get better than this” something comes along that is.

So it’s a real mystery why management of new IT technology seems to be stuck in an all-too-familiar rut. Some wonderful new thing comes along, savior status is assigned and expectations are immediately raised to ridiculous levels. Organizations re-direct their best and brightest staff and their financial resources to adopt or implement whatever that new technology is. They may even build some prototype or get through a successful POC or even go beyond that and deliver some really useful business service.

And all the while never stopping to think for very long how they will actually sustain the ongoing operation of this magical new stuff.

You’d think didn’t we go through client/server, distributed computing, internet/intranet, web servers, cloud, BYOD and countless other trends that exploded onto the scene and then took forever to actually gain traction and deliver business value because no one thought about how to sustain them.WinstonChurchill.jpg

I guess  “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.”, and so we do, we do and we do ….

So now we have the Big Data trend and its most popular technology Hadoop.

Everybody either already has it or is implementing it or wants it. When asked about managing it, purists wax poetic about the Open Source culture and ecosystem while simultaneously stating preferences for “packaged” distributions because they’re more stable, more tested and may have some “value added capabilities”. Is the time spent scripting and adapting and integrating all free? And once their science projects and POCs are ready for business “prime time” will the time and effort and complexity that the Infrastructure and  Operations team have to invest to get this stuff co-existing with and living in an enterprise IT environment also be free? And how will these shiny new projects integrate with “traditional” mainframe, Unix, Linux, ERP and other systems? And what will happen when regulatory and compliance requirements are applied and someone raises dirty words like incident and change management and auditing? Or if someone asks about SLAs or forecasting or dozens of other capabilities that are taken for granted for the “traditional” applications that have been running in production for ever?

The good news is that it’s never too late to start doing things right. You can build Hadoop applications with their ultimate operational goal in mind by using an enterprise grade workload automation solution. BMC Control-M provides deep integration with Hadoop so you can use it out of the box with no scripting. This will save you lots of time and money. Developers can focus on building the very best Big Data applications and getting them into production quickly with the confidence they will exceed the most stringent operational requirements.

Your business will get the deep insights and operational efficiencies that are the promise of Big Data and your IT staff will be able to meet the highest levels of service quality most efficiently.

And, you will all be able to brag about your extensive knowledge of history!

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The postings in this blog are my own and do not necessarily represent the opinions or positions of BMC Software

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Joe Goldberg

Joe Goldberg

Joe is a solutions marketing consultant at BMC with over 30 years of technical marketing and management experience. He specializes in large systems architecture, systems management software, and enterprise solutions and has a strong interest in emerging markets.