The acceleration of cloud deployments is having an unintended effect on companies everywhere—the emergence of cloud data silos. While cloud computing has opened up accessibility to thousands of new apps for employees, cloud data silos have often resulted. Cloud data silos lead to disconnected information and can limit the number of data sources companies can use for analytics. Cloud data silos can pop-up due to a variety of reasons, including the rapid deployment of a new app to only a specific group of employees, structural walls between departments, and even internal competition.

The good news is that your company can overcome cloud data silos, opening up data accessibility and allowing for better decision making across the company. To help, below we break down a recent TechRepublic article, which provides some great tips for overcoming cloud data silos at any company:

  1. Hidden data troves: According to the TechRepublic article, most businesses have an off-the-shelf database or have installed a stand-alone app used by a single department. This “off-the-grid” data often exists as a workaround for teams to get the data they need, but can impose limitations on other parts of the company requiring the data to optimize performance. To help overcome this, companies can implement a corporate-wide IT asset management and tracking system, accounting for data from all data sources across the company.
  1. Random vendor interaction: With new apps and shadow IT projects creeping into the business from everywhere, data integration issues and failures are increasingly common. According to the TechRepublic article, overcoming these challenges requires “interoperability and a full set of application programming interfaces (APIs) in the requests for proposal (RFP) that IT and individual business departments issue to vendors.” Sound advice! 
  2. The wrong set of integration tools: While most vendors offer some type of API and interoperability, seamless integration “cannot be assumed.” According to the article, companies can leverage tools like robotic process automation (RPA) or more sophisticated data sharing software for better data aggregation. 
  3. Non-digital data: Since many companies still have data in non-digital forms, including paper, film-based video, and photos, it’s important that this data is trackable and accessible in case it is ever needed by the business. According to the article, “There is no instant solution.” Companies are encouraged to digitize the assets over time and ensure that they are placed in a data repository for safekeeping and easy access.

Are you ready to overcome data silos at your company?

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