Multi and hybrid clouds offer companies the best of all worlds when it comes to optimizing their business processes. At the same time, however, companies also need to take precautions to keep ‘their’ data under control in these flexible scenarios. Data governance is more than just backup and recovery; it also helps keep compliance requirements in check.
Digitization is also the age of big data. Data-driven business models, which are now a catchphrase, need ... data. It’s not just Internet services that want to know everything about us; even companies that have previously been operating in the physical world are making efforts to gain ‘more intensive customer insights’. To do this, they not only delve into the treasure chest of their business operations, i.e. the dust-collecting digital archive; they also call on publicly accessible data pools such as social media and invent new ways of prompting customers to exclusively give them additional current data. Knowledge is power – and never has this saying been more apt.
It is becoming noticeably harder to control data in the multi-cloud world. Data is produced almost everywhere, and is constantly moving. And yet it is in companies’ interests to keep their data under control. Not only to ensure it can be retrieved in cases of doubt, but also to be able to prove they are handling the data in compliance with the law. To make matters more difficult, different regulations apply depending on how and where the data is recorded. International business operations can be quite stressful when it comes to compliance.
This is why companies need to take precautions when managing their data in the multi-cloud. And this doesn’t just apply to companies that have committed themselves to a data-driven future, but rather to every company that accesses resources from the public cloud. Data governance is becoming a key issue.
Given the huge volumes of data produced every second, data governance is no mean feat. Just think of all the data thousands or even millions of networked ‘things’ produce, or the data generated in central systems for the purpose of business management. Automatically. Do you use clouds or distributed/mixed infrastructures at your company?