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"But the birth of the Internet and the resulting flood of unstructured corporate data, such as e-mails, Web pages, Microsoft Word documents, and various technologies to manage and store this digital data has led many to conclude that the stranglehold mainframes have held on corporate data has been slipping.

'In dealing with some of our clients, it is almost shocking to see some large organizations' financials being managed in a couple of Excel spreadsheets.

Plus with all the blogs, instant messages, e-mails that do not pass through a mainframe, the amount of data now residing on mainframes is now probably in the neighborhood of 40 to 50 percent,' says Stephen O'Grady, senior analyst at RedMonk.

Reinforcing this growing trend, there is already an impressive amount of mission-critical financial data being generated, shared, and managed out of the sight of mainframes, says Dana Gardner, senior analyst at The Yankee Group. 'Some corporate users now have Spreadmarts big, honking flat files in spreadsheets used to manage many business processes and in a really decentralized way' according to Gardner."

- "6 Myths of IT" ASCII DOS Version here (Word Count: 3,632), InfoWorld, August 16, 2004, Issue 33

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