IT Managers Feel Unappreciated: StreamSets Survey

AI should eventually help IT teams manage data more smoothly, but right now they are one pack of unhappy campers: as this report from StreamSets puts it, “69% are frustrated non-data experts think you can click a button and data magically appears” and “59% say line of business owners are ‘blissfully unaware’ of how hard it is for IT to deliver data”.  In a companion report, 95% say line of business teams creating their own datasets creates problems including inaccurate data, non-compliant use, data breaches, and new data silos.

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Two-Thirds of Users See Positive ROI for Generative AI in Marketing: Botco Study

May 9, 2023

Apart from some pesky AI gurus who think it might destroy humanity, pretty much everyone else is excited to see what generative AI tools like ChatGPT do next.  This Botco survey finds that 73% of marketers are already using it to create some type of content, and 66% of users see a positive return on investment.  Training, cost and privacy concerns are the biggest roadblocks.

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Data Quality Problems Nearly Doubled Last Year: Monte Carlo Data Report

May 9, 2023

The data managers interviewed for Monte Carlo weren’t quite so self-pitying, but they did see lots of problems: downtime lost to data problems is up 86% year over year, time to resolve data incidents rose 66%, and – insult to injury – 74% said most data problems are identified first by business stakeholders, up from 47% last year.  The size of the task is daunting: 27% of companies manage more than 100 tables in their data warehouse, lake, or lakehouse.

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Flexera Buys Snow Software to Help Manage IT Spend

November 29, 2023

Do not confuse Snow Software, which helps companies track IT costs, with Snowflake, a cloud database often used for CDP-ish solutions.   Do take note that Snow has just been sold to Flexera, which also helps companies optimize their return on tech investments.  It’s a helpful reminder that cost-conscious IT departments are more than happy  to “help” marketers who are doing a poor job of controlling tech spend.

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