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Managing ETL Vendors

It wasn’t but a few short years ago your local technology vendor (IBM, Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, etc.) was always looking to enhance your ETL services on premise so you could be in “full control” of your database operations locally. You invested hundreds of thousands of dollars (if not much more!) to build out your local infrastructure to support your data platform of choice. Not to mention all the other costs for hardware, security, environment, expertise, and the list goes on.

Today, one of the top projects of any technology leader or CXO is navigating their cloud strategy.  Whether you are cloud mature, a hybrid, or really just exploring your cloud options, there is much activity around the cloud. It is more than hype and trend as more and more infrastructure and data get moved to the cloud.  Sure, Gartner has released its “Gartner's Magic Quadrant for cloud infrastructure” year-over-year for more than 10 years. However, the online transition to the cloud is moving at breakneck speed.  Gartner predicts, “spending in public cloud services will reach $260.2 billion in 2017 alone, an 18.5% increase in U.S. dollars”.

While many companies today are advancing towards managed data platforms to save money, grow market share, and drive innovation and efficiency, leaders must evaluate if moving to a managed data platform is right for their organization. Although, depending on the size of your company, the services you offer, and infrastructure needs, moving to a managed data platform may not be in the cards for you.

It’s more than just moving to the cloud

As with any successful project or long-term strategy, you need to develop a solid foundation.  One key component to this foundation is finding a trusted partner to help you design and prepare this transition.

However, if you haven’t been already discussing this with your vendor rep on your options and moving your ETL data to the cloud, you might be kicking yourself for waiting this long.  Sure, the managed data platform of choice offers you high availability, scalability, and security, but you don’t have all the headaches of managing this infrastructure, not to mention your cost savings.  Many vendors like AWS, Microsoft, Oracle and others can operate your customized environment more efficiently and for pennies on the dollar compared to your traditional ETL tools.

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