Four reasons why a move to cloud needs good data management

by Kate Tickner on 7th June 2018

Cloud Blog

Is your organisation in the middle of or considering a move to Cloud? A you having to step up the pace to keep up with your customer needs? What tactics are you considering to do this – automation? Working with partners like AWS? Or something else? Whatever your decision, there are a number of growing trends and inherent realities in the world of cloud and hybrid cloud today. Here are four of the ones we have seen and heard about:

Four Reasons

Cloud first and cloud only is the market message but not the reality on customer sites.

Recently I heard Kamiel Beijer of Cloudera say that 80% of the companies they speak to are still predominantly on-premise. They are moving to Cloud yes, but they are not there yet. This means that their environments are a mixture of data sources that need to be managed.

Security concerns are being addressed and mitigated.

Security in the Cloud is now better understood and in some cases using a partner like AWS is regarded as more secure than one’s own data centre. Security techniques and tools are adapting to the speed of Cloud. Since 99% of UK business is SME and many of them cannot cope with all the new security, compliance and governance required using an on-premise. in-house solution this is accelerating their move to Cloud.

There is no “ONE” cloud.

It is a rapidly evolving world of multiple clouds. This means there is a danger of fragmentation and continued data silos. Cloud can in fact increase complexity particularly for large organisations. It is important to understand how to address the complexity.

Big data is getting bigger and requires new scale in technology to deal with it.

Old-style Data Warehouses are becoming increasingly uneconomical. This is an opportunity for cloud providers because customers are shifting their databases into the cloud. But moving badly governed data from one place to another is a recipe for further data quality issues and a potential risk to the accuracy of the analytics that drive business decisions.

The need for data governance is increasing all the time.

This is due to a number of factors but what we at Entity Group see is that many customers are creating data lakes in the cloud but are still struggling to “find” the data. They don’t know where it is, how to access it or what tools are available to do it. A number of them also have a large number of “point” solutions in applications which creates an integration challenge.

Despite the excitement about the potential flexibility and cost savings associated with moving to cloud, the approach to it should be the same as with any other business initiative. That is, you need to think about what you are trying to solve or fix first – start with the problem and ask the right questions was the advice I heard from Ricardo Sueiras of AWS recently. In addition, in the wider ecosystem, service organisations need to think about providing solutions to business problems rather than just delivering technology.

Most importantly though, wherever you want to store and access your data, a sound approach to data governance and security will serve your business very well. A move to cloud is an ideal time to reassess your approach to these things. If you need help to assess where you are today in terms of data management maturity, what your target state should be and how to build a road-map to get there then please do get in touch with Entity Group or access some of the related resources below:

 

Good Luck!