April 8, 2010 – The 2009 Oracle Applications Users Group ResearchLine Survey this week revealed 87 percent of respondents blame their performance issues on data growth. The study was sponsored by Informatica and produced by a Unisphere Research survey of more than 225 members of the OAUG.

Some enterprise applications and databases increase in size by as much as 50 percent per year. Thirty-five percent of respondents reported they lack a grasp on how to manage the growing data volumes within their enterprise applications.

The data explosion is in part the result of many mergers and acquisitions in which enterprises have seen increases in the number of redundant and unproductive legacy applications. Of the respondents, 75 percent make up to five copies of live production data for nonproduction purposes. The problem is compounded by mandates requiring data to be kept accessible for extended periods.

"More data can mean more information, but having more data is not an unambiguous good, says Adam Wilson, general manager, ILM, Informatica. "If the sheer volume of data makes it harder to find the information you need, or if the cost of managing that data exceeds the value of the information, more data can be a serious liability."

"The results of this OAUG ResearchLine survey are a wake-up call for business enterprises of all sizes," said David Ferguson, president, OAUG in a statement. “The survey's call to action underscores the value when applications and data are managed effectively from development, test and early production all the way through to archive and retirement."

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