In a brilliant blog post about cloud security, Craig Balding discusses seven security benefits. It’s a couple of years old, but it’s still relevant. No. 1 on the list is centralized data.
Mr. Balding breaks it down into two components: Reduced data leakage and monitoring benefits. Let’s talk about that second component.
If you have a decent-sized company with several departments, chances are your data is strewn all across several hardware and software solutions. Even if you are doing business in the cloud now – and you probably are – you likely have several data management points. Your IT department is cussing at your right now.
While this decentralized data management structure might work well for each of your departments, it likely doesn’t work well for your IT department. A more centralized data structure can work for your IT department as well as for each of your core company and support departments. The problem is in making the move.
By centralizing your data in the cloud you can save hardware space, make managing your data more efficient and provide better customer service by forcing each component to work together. Some companies actually have different sets of software for different departments. If you can make every department’s data work as streamlessly as the department’s themselves then you’ll improve efficiency and productivity – and you’ll likely improve the performance of the departments too.
The cloud is not a panacea for every IT problem. But centralized data management has its benefits.