Simplifying and optimising the data management process

Simplifying and optimising the data management process

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With the exponential growth of data, Cristián Cabezas, Solutions Director, NTT Chile, tells us how to simplify and optimise the process of data management.

In the global context of the Covid-19 pandemic, companies are maximizing their resources. This situation can be seen in the reduction of physical work areas such as offices, while favoring remote communication between workers. These changes are also pertinent to IT areas, whose challenges are related to the simplification of their structures since redundancy of IT resources usually occurs.

Today the goal for IT managers is the adoption of modular work processes, particularly at the back-office and infrastructure level. Additionally, this scenario must co-exist today with the exponential growth of data with the need for availability of information right on time, online and based on standards, meaning that information must be usable and understandable for all teamwork in any organization.

How can this be made simpler? There are many answers for this question, but it’s clear that today we have technological tools and solutions around cloud computing and mobile connectivity. We are talking about a new operating model for the IT areas where virtual and physical, the software and the hardware, integrate one to another.

What is important in facing this new reality is to promote an ecosystem of mixed solutions and never take for granted that there is just ‘a unique model’. The point is to be in charge and oversee at least three different angles. First, see the potential of the cloud; second, see the forthcoming installed capacity; and thirdly see a middle point to adopt both worlds in a way that apply to the business. This is not about becoming more technological by fashion or by what the competition is developing – quite the opposite. We are talking about using new resources in an intelligent way with the most competent people in my company, my business or my entrepreneurship, in relation to this task.

Using multiple technology solution providers generally requires large sums of money, apart of the implied management difficulties. This reality not only brings financial challenges, but logistical too. Hence, migration to cloud environments represents an opportunity, a centralization of data whose systems are fully scalable, which mean that the systems adjust to the needs that are produced according to external and internal contexts.

The RightScale 2019 State of Cloud report noted that 91% of the companies surveyed claimed to use a public cloud computing service, while 72% had made the decision to adopt private cloud computing solutions. In addition, 69% selected a hybrid solution. These results undoubtedly grew in 2020 and reveal that the field of cloud solutions will consolidate between 2021 and 2022, especially for Latin America. In turn, the International Data Corporation (IDC) highlighted that cloud investments will double in the next five years.

We are talking about a paradigm shift for companies that want to scale their computing capabilities. Both hybrid cloud solutions or multicloud environments are presented as the most appropriate options for entities that today face enormous challenges in customer relationships and, above all, in security issues. In Chile, this issue is still a long way off, either due to ignorance or gaps that probably occur in training processes. For this reason, it is key that we begin to internalize these concepts that will determine our degree of competitiveness in relation to the markets where we operate.