Making a business case for investment in modern file data management
Good file data management isn’t just about access and protection…
…It’s about enabling the business to do more, and do it safely
Every organization must digitally evolve and create business advantage. But you can only do that by breaking open your data silos, so you can make more and better use of all your file data, improving your overall data maturity and ultimately becoming data-driven.
Among other things, this means treating data as an enterprise asset, and finding ways to make data, information and insights available to anyone who needs them, for example by implementing a global file system.
The problem comes when the ‘owners’ of data silos are reluctant to open up because they perceive risk, whether it is technical, cultural, psychological or compliance-related. This may seem like bad news, but it doesn’t have to be.
The opportunity here is to deal with multiple challenges at once by making the right choices – “to kill two birds with one stone”, as the saying goes. The fact is that while almost every organization faces data management issues, compliance challenges, cybersecurity risks and more, these are typically approached as separate problems.
What if they could be converged and addressed as one? Seen from this angle, it becomes clear that modern data management and governance can not only result in greater data access and maturity – with all the business value and growth opportunities that that brings – but it can also translate to better cybersecurity and compliance control.
And that’s vital at a time when organizations and their IT departments can no longer afford to implement point solutions that don’t also add value in a wider context.
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Bryan is a technology enthusiast and industry veteran. He has been analysing, explaining and writing about IT and business in a highly engaging manner for around three decades. His experience spans the early days of minicomputers and PC technology, through the emergence of cellular data and smart mobile devices, to the latest developments of the software-defined age in which we all live today. Over his career, Bryan has seen at first-hand how IT changes the world – and how the world changes IT – and he brings that extensive insight to his role as an industry analyst.