Data is being touted as the new oil. This means that Cloud Infrastructure is equivalent to storage, refineries, pipes and shipping within supply chain and logistics that provide access to petrol and diesel at stations.
But, the value of data has the potential to outstrip oil. This is because we can reuse, collaborate on and extend its value, whereas once oil’s value is released its gone.
The Cloud acts as an enabler to maximise the value of data and outcomes. This provides potential for Government Departments and Businesses of all sizes. But, to maximise the value of data they must look beyond the silos and refineries to the supply channels, the connectivity that Cloud supports.
The connectivity between Client and Cloud and Cloud-to-Cloud Infrastructure provides an opportunity to revitalise the way in which data is governed, managed and collaborated on. This revitalisation can be especially beneficial for structured information.
Clouds connectivity and amount of Cloud infrastructure available allows organisations to reuse and extend instead of duplicate data. The duplication of data has an environmental as well as cost impact. This impact is the overhead of unused duplicated data and memory usage it takes up when searching information. Using the connectivity Cloud provides creates an opportunity to deliver a just in-case model, providing access to governed, collaborative information when and where it's needed.
The just in-case model Cloud Infrastructure supports differs vastly from the current structured data solutions that mirror the filing cabinets and paper processes of old. These solutions mirror the paper processes of old because they have:
- A Number of static, structured digital forms or spreadsheets that once were paper.
- A Silo which was a filling cabinet that stored completed forms with folders or spreadsheet books in a metal tin.
- A source of replication, Email, Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) or Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) which replicates data, like snail mail or fax of old.
- Rigid architectures that are difficult to extend.
This isn't maximising the value of digital, data or Cloud.
Digital and Cloud Infrastructure enables flexibility, the ability to reuse and extend a single piece of data with multiple governance views across distributed line of business processes and tasks, increasing the value of data. This provides additional benefits such as integrated real-time distributed visualisation and learning, empowering high quality decisions and outcomes.
Solutions such as GARNET8 Collaboration Clouds (G8CC) provide a Multi-Cloud framework to enable the just in-case model as alternative to the lacklustre structured silos, spreadsheets, replication and legacy thinking that's impeding the opportunity Cloud provides. G8CC enables organisations to maximise the value of Cloud, Digital and their Data.
Leaders within Government Institution can take the reins to provide a connected, joined-up, governed, low risk holistic view of citizens. This will reduce overheads, enable the use of local Cloud Infrastructure supporting local economies and provide font-line staff with high quality information at their fingertips.
Moving beyond the replication, duplicated effort and wastage current rigid, static, silos offer to a data-driven foundation will:
- Allow Governments front-line staff to spend more time supporting those in need.
- Empower front-line staff to make decisions there and then on governed, high quality information.
- Enable IT to build upon the value of data and investment, instead of duplicating time and costs.
- Accelerate decisions, based on a coherent, trusted, real-time data-set.
- Support current and future visualisation and learning technologies with simple integration.