Cloud has reached maturity. No longer seen as the dangerous option, widespread cloud adoption will enable more flexible and rapid service in 2017. As a result, businesses will need to have total control of their infrastructure and sensitive data if they’re to keep up. With this in mind, Greg Hanson (vice-president for worldwide consulting at data specialist Informatica), has moved to explain the four areas businesses must prepare for in 2017 if they’re to perfect their cloud strategy.
Enterprises will embrace a hybrid cloud approach to dispel data fragmentation
Widespread adoption of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) has traditionally been the preserve of SMEs looking for subscription-based models and easily scalable software. Yet pockets of SaaS investment have crept into the enterprise in 2016, occurring within individual lines of business and causing data fragmentation which hampers agility.
In 2017, rather than shying away from SaaS deployments business-wide, successful enterprises will embrace a hybrid approach to the cloud and reclaim their single view of data assets.
Security will no longer be a question of on-premise or cloud
It’s no longer about whether on-premise or cloud is more secure, but rather about understanding that breaches come from the inside. Threats exist inside the firewall and, as a result, perimeter defence has long since been ineffective.
After all, the biggest threat to an organisation’s security posture doesn’t come from the kind of infrastructure and software it uses, but rather its people.
The amount of data that business users are consuming and demanding means it’s the data management strategy that’s imperative. Security posture in 2017 will be defined by an organisation’s ability to carve out a cohesive data management strategy to track data wherever it resides, and then secure it at its source.
Brands will live and die by their customer experience
From financial institutions to retailers and manufacturers, customer experience will overtake price as the new differentiator for customers. As such, data stewardship and governance will become the priority for those delivering second-to-none experiences and successful transformation projects.
It’s all very well pulling data assets together and sharing them with lines of business for these initiatives, but they will need to know that the quality of the data they’re implementing into systems is pristine.
What’s more, they will need the right guidance and tools to access the data in the first place and visualise it in such a way that it can travel the last mile and be put into real use. This is where a cohesive data management strategy is essential for bridging the disconnect between data scientists and business users.
CIOs will secure their future by reclaiming ownership of data initiatives
With CIOs increasingly facing competition from a tech-savvy set of business IT buyers, it will be imperative that the former step up and take ownership of business agility and transformation to ensure they still lead their organisation’s digital journey.
Lines of business are increasingly looking to do things cheaper and quicker without the involvement of IT. This means that CIOs will need to reclaim control of data management at its root to drive enterprise-wide security and improve accessibility of data.
Only then can they fully ensure that the single view of the company’s data assets doesn’t become somewhat ‘muddied’ by a disjointed IT spend and independent data management across the business.