Data governance

Fragmented data? How Data Governance Can Fix It

Having a data governance framework in place allows organizations to gain valuable insights while exposing potential sources of vulnerabilities within the infrastructure.

To survive in today’s fierce and competitive business ecosystem, companies must effectively capitalize on their data. Not only does this play a key role in their journey towards achieving their goals, but it can also help them get through times of crisis effectively. But, to capitalize on this data, organizations need to know how to leverage it strategically.

Data grows and evolves at an exponential rate. In fact, according to a Gartner report, titled “Top Data and Analytics Trends for 2021: From Big Data to Small and Big Data“, more than 70% of the organization will shift from big data to small and big data by 2025. Its massive explosion in a short period of time has resulted in unstructured and fragmented data, which continues to growing at an unprecedented rate, so now is a good time for organizations to finally consider integrating a data governance framework.

Data governance helps organizations ensure that data is always stored in an appropriate environment based on business use, value, and priority.

Although data governance is not a new concept, it has always been considered from the perspective of a third-party provider. However, this approach stopped working as data experienced a massive explosion as organizations started seeking the services of multiple data storage providers as well as cloud platforms to manage their data.

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In today’s growing cyber attack environment, data must be resilient. This requires full lifecycle management where modern data management policies can not only organize and secure it, but also enable organizations to gain valuable insights. So, before starting to create their modern data governance to eliminate the problems of fragmented data, organizations should take the following steps:

  • CIOs need to ensure that they consolidate their previously separate solutions for backup, file sharing, test/dev, and analytics onto a single platform. This will help them remove the requirement of legacy infrastructure that is currently in place. While this was difficult to achieve before, the introduction of Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) has made it much easier.
  • Monitor all secondary storage items through a single GUI. This includes tasks such as defining protection policies and required SLAs, managing data centers or cloud environments around the world while ensuring optimal use of resources. This also ensures compliance with regulatory mandates.
  • CIOs must run their applications on the same platform. This will allow them to uniquely harness the value of their secondary data while accelerating their digital transformation. These will be internal applications as well as those developed by software publishers or partners.

Turn fragmented data into the most valuable assets

Adaptive organizations transform their fragmented data into their most valuable asset. They should take the help of AI, supported by machine learning, to create a data governance framework that will allow them to navigate a data warehouse or data lakes to analyze data patterns as well as relationships.

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