The explosion in enterprise technology over the past decade is perhaps only rivaled by the commensurate explosion in terms. There's no shortage of "as a service" terms today. They include:
- Software as a service
- Infrastructure as a service
- Platform as a service
- Next generation Big Data Platform as a Service (You know, because this generation's Big Data Platform as a service is so dated.)
- Database as a service
- Service as a service
OK, I'm making the last one up.
Omar Tawakol argues for another "as a service" addition in The Next Big Thing In Modern Marketing: Data As A Service :DaaS.
I have two problems with the term DaaS. First, is it really necessary? After all, it's already increasingly difficult for IT professionals (never mind the business layperson) to keep track of the tsunami of new tech-laden acronyms. I've argued before that a glut of terms and confusing marketing is inhibiting the adoption of technologies that unleash the power of Big Data. In the late 1990s, chief executives knew what they were buying: ERP, CRM, and BI applications. Someone explain to me the difference between DBaaS and DaaS in plain English.
Let's put that aside for a moment, though. In his piece, Tawakol recommends "separat[ing]the data from the application." How does that work exactly? Is the accounts payable clerk keying numbers directly into a database and circumventing an application's business rules, data quality be damned?
While it may be possible to split the data from application from the data, is this advisable? Shouldn't we be encouraging employees in different lines of business to fish for themselves? No, everyone doesn't need to become a database administrator, but doesn't it behoove all employees to think about the data ramifications of their actions?
I don't mean to skewer Tawakol. To be sure, he isn't the only one ringing the DaaS bell; others have chimed in. And maybe I'm completely missing something here. Still, I question whether much of this is just BaaS (baloney as a service).
Oh, wait. I can't use that term. It's already taken.
What say you?