Data Governance in the Hybrid Cloud Environment

Even though many companies are making the move to cloud applications, most of them are still heavily invested in on-premise operational applications. Even companies that plan to jump headfirst into the cloud end up using hybrid cloud/on-premise data management for a number of practical reasons. They might begin by instituting a cloud application for HR or CRM, for example, later adding cloud database and then eventually bringing in analytics abilities.

Retrofitting data governance into existing systems can be tricky. Data migration is often achieved using a bulk data loader to make the process faster, but there are a number of disadvantages to this approach. First of all, there is no way to clean up the data while moving it, which could result in a new application being filled with bad data. There is also no metadata, which means you miss the opportunity to get a comprehensive view of data lineage – something that can be quite useful when changes need to be made quickly.

A Solid Plan Makes the Process Smoother

Making the move between the various systems not only poses a number of challenges, but it also takes resources away from general data management. This is why having best practices for data management in place before making the switch is vital.

In order to avoid complete chaos, there are a few things to consider before moving forward. It’s important to look for a software provider has compatibility across their cloud and on-premise data integration abilities, including mappings, shared management tools, and shared skills. They should also support several integration patterns. Look for a provider that offers metadata management tools for data lineage and a central data operational management point. The ability to manage quality and data governance across the hybrid environment is also crucial.

With the right planning and sound data management architecture, businesses can get the agility and speed they need to remain competitive.

This blog post was based off of an article from Cloud Computing News. View the original here.