Data access for anyone, any time, anywhere in the business
Data mobility, also known as data agility, is a must for modern day businesses. In general terms, it involves freeing data from the confines of rigid, convoluted IT infrastructures, and enables employees to access the information they need at any time, from anywhere.
As business operations become faster and more diverse thanks to digitalisation, data access is needed in remote locations such as office outposts and manufacturing sites, as well as by mobile employees and business partners. With a combination of edge computing, the cloud, and mobile technology, companies can improve their data mobility – giving employees real time access to large quantities of remote data that would never have been possible before. This not only improves productivity, by slashing the latency times associated with data retrieval in complex IT systems, it also creates business opportunities. This is because employees who are given better access to more data can discover and experiment with this information. Analytical models can be created and shared across the business without disturbing the state of the data, leading to improved business intelligence.
Another crucial aspect of data mobility is improved data security. By giving employees access to the data they need – wherever they may be – organisations reduce the likelihood of their attempting unauthorised workarounds, such as accessing corporate data on personal devices, or using cloud services that haven’t been officially approved. Security will always need to be balanced against the flexibility of data transfer and access, but with data mobility it is easier to store data in a way appropriate to its level of sensitivity. Sensitive data can be given costly, secure protection, and less sensitive data treated accordingly. This helps to reduce the costs associated with data storage.
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