As mentioned in point 1, IT departments have less to worry about regarding security (despite some recent, much publicised data leaks involving the cloud). Overall, data security is less of a concern now. Benefits, like cost efficiency and the ready scalability of the cloud, are also outweighing the risks involved for some enterprises.
No longer a need to build cloud fortresses
In the past, enterprises built data fortresses, where both data can be stored and analytics can be done, and this used to be the only way. Currently, cloud infrastructure and computing technology has allowed for a different approach where data and computing resources can reside separately, at a low cost too.
This means that the most massive of data assets can be moved into high-compute data processing pipelines, for everything from data discovery to the heaviest of data transformation jobs.
Data is already becoming an essential driver of business decision-making, and it is crucial that enterprises empower workers of all levels to have access to data and analytics. Even more important for an agile business is to let today's mobile workers have access to data and analytics, not just at their desk in the office, but also when they are on the move or working remotely.
The advancement in cloud and data security technology is making this even more of a reality. Moving forward, where physical data is stored, where it is accessed from and where analytics is being done will become less and less significant in the near future.
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