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Beyond the Gathering Storm — Governing Information in the Cloud

Published: 06 May 2016

ID: G00301868

Analyst(s): Guido De Simoni , Bill O'Kane , Michael Moran


Cloud-based data and applications are being embraced with little awareness of how seriously they can undermine information governance. CDOs and other data and analytics leaders must reinforce governance to preserve trust in their information assets, or cloud investments will fail.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Expanding use of cloud-based applications and data confronts CDOs and other data leaders with semantically inconsistent business data that can be impossible to trust or reuse
  • Increased sourcing of data beyond the firewall decreases organizational control, causing CDOs and other data leaders to evolve their model of control to one that incorporates trust
  • Greater use of cloud data sources significantly complicates data integration for CDOs and other data leaders, especially for critical needs such as MDM

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