The Criticality of Data Governance in a Multi-cloud Environment

Multi-cloud has emerged as an enterprise favorite in almost no time.  In fact, Security Boulevard makes a reference to a Forrester Research Report which confirms that almost 86 percent of the surveyed global decision-makers have already adopted a multi-cloud strategy. And why wouldn’t they? Alongside avoiding vendor lock-in and gaining wider access to features and solutions to meet enterprise IT needs, a multi-cloud approach has demonstrated 49 percent increase in performance, 48 percent reduced costs and 45 percent increased flexibility as per an online survey of 150 Federal IT decision-makers, conducted by MeriTalk in association with Affigent and Dell Technologies.

Multi-cloud has definitely been off to a great start. It has become the new normal among enterprises. As for you, you may already be seeing the many advantages of relying on various cloud providers in a multi-cloud environment. However, now that the multi-cloud approach is here to stay, the bigger and more pertinent question that you need to answer is:

How prepared are you to sustain your multi-cloud approach?

Unfortunately, 75% of survey respondents say they aren’t equipped enough, having confessed to the fact that managing multi-cloud environments will be one of their top challenges in the next five years with governance topping the list of concerns. Now the thing with governance is, it is inherently complex and also a non-revenue generating aspect of any business. This reality makes it difficult to sustain the spotlight on governance despite the criticality of its policies and practices in mitigating risks. For IT leaders though, understanding and communicating the importance of governance in the long-term health of the organization is necessary. Now, more than any time else.

Why so?

Because governance mitigates risks. Be it in any department – marketing, sales, HR or data. And especially in the case of a multi-cloud environment, governance is the only way to rein in the vigorously growing data, which if left unattended can lead to disastrous outcomes for the enterprise. See the thing is, the amount of data isn’t really the problem. In a multi-cloud environment, tracking where the sea of data gets created and collected is the challenge. With the number of applications and services multiplying, so are the data silos. And more the data silos, larger becomes the complexity and slower the operations and further, lesser the visibility and control. All of which can ultimately cost the enterprise major, unforeseen losses.

So, how can IT leaders build a strong cloud data governance model?

Governance is like eating healthy. You can’t eat healthy for a week or a month or even a year and expect it to bear good results for the rest of your lifetime. It is an ongoing process that gets molded all along the way.

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