Understanding Reasons Why Your Business Needs a Cloud Data Council?

The cloud is rapidly becoming the de facto alternative for data and analytics hosting. Forrester’s Research finding suggests that nearly half of all companies use cloud services to supplement their in-house systems. Gartner Inc. forecasts that the global public cloud services industry will rise 17% to $266.4 billion this year, indicating that cloud adoption has become “mainstream.” 

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These cloud technologies provide distinctive and unique insights into everything from industry dynamics to industrial equipment health. Businesses can use these to reduce costs, enhance product quality, boost customer loyalty, and generate new revenue streams. 

For example, a truck manufacturer may use position and driver behavior data to assist fleet managers in fine-tuning their routes and training. A manufacturer of smart bandages may use data about a patient’s condition to manage their treatment more effectively. Cloud computing and technologies, including such data lakes, allow such services by analyzing vast amounts of structured and unstructured data through novel ways and disseminating the insights to a broader set of stakeholders. 

Cloud technologies also remove the need for in-house IT technology purchases and management, minimize technical corporate debt and enable them to compete faster in a digital economy. 

But switching to the cloud is not an easy process to “raise and move.” The Cloud will quickly scale to hold far more data than in-house datacenters from many more sources. This data is used by many more different users in many respects. This involves careful monitoring to ensure information is safe and compatible. The investment is carried out most effectively, and only the most critical data are stored on the quickest but costliest platforms. 

A cloud data council is critical for optimizing the advantages of cloud data services while mitigating risk and expense. It will assist understaffed IT divisions in comprehending how business-critical data flows inside and beyond the corporate firewall, like the time-sensitive flow of data from mobile devices and Internet of Things sensors (IoT). It can accelerate adoption and ensure the most effective use of cloud data resources. Still, it will require broad participation from business stakeholders such as regulatory, business, enforcement, and the IT Data Science leaders. 

The basics of cloud data council 

A cloud data council should perform five essential governance roles: 

  1. Ensure appropriate protection and enforcement, including implementing policies governing data encryption, access, and deletion. Often, the cloud provider can secure the network as a service layer, while the company is responsible for application-level security, such as network access and authentication.
  2. Democratizing data access and enabling scalable data access through open, shareable platforms and markets in which multiple entities can collaborate on data sharing.
  3. Collaborating with other roles such as procurement to ensure that cloud services are used efficiently.
  4. Including best practices for collaborative problem solving inside and outside the organization.
  5. Developing and maintaining processes, workflows, and indicators to ensure that the council follows through with its cloud data modernization plans, tracks their progress, and makes necessary adjustments.

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To meet these goals, a cloud data council should include senior representatives from functions including:

  • To accomplish these objectives, a cloud data council should also include senior members from the following functions:  
  • Risk management can consist of a global perspective on the risks associated with exchanging data with consumers or business partners. 
  • Business operations to determine how emerging methods of trading and using data can impact day-to-day operations. 
  • Data analytics to better understand what is possible with today’s data analytics tools and what is needed to use them successfully. 
  • Security assessment of cloud providers’ capabilities and vulnerabilities, as well as company associates with whom you can share data. 
  • Finance to determine the impact of on-demand cloud spending on budgets and to assist in determining how data could be used as a sellable asset. Finance can also leverage the cloud’s ability to monitor how various business units use cloud services, allowing for more reliable chargeback and ROI measurement. 
  • Lines of business prioritize cloud spending on innovation, cost reduction, customer retention, and the development of new revenue streams and business models. 
  • Cloud data providers could advise on which data can be transferred to the cloud and leverage it in novel ways based on their own experience and other customers. 
  • Professional services companies can advise you on which cloud provider functionality can better fit your needs. For instance, we recently instructed customers to solely migrate their optical character functionality to a different cloud provider to improve scanning accuracy. 

Starting your cloud data journey 

The first step is to collaborate with a partner to evaluate your existing cloud adoption level and your challenges in cost control, security and enforcement, data sharing, and partnership. Then determine which of these are the most important and draw up a roadmap to help you achieve those goals. Many de facto cloud data committees now perform restricted roles such as cloud monitoring and security and policy and governance structures. If your use of the cloud matures, we see you grow a greater understanding of: 

  • How to recognize and eliminate potentially inefficient procedures and policies quickly.
  • Collaboration best practices with the sector, information technology, and finance stakeholders
  • Comparing prices to those in the market.
  • How to demonstrate that lessons gleaned from enterprise and various data result in quicker and more informed decision-making. How businesses should invest in innovative business models to diversify their revenue sources.

Successful digital businesses use new cloud technologies in ways that have never been available before. However, they must extend the partners’ membership, reach, and experts who handle their data to extract the highest market value from them. 

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