What is a data silo?

Asked 2 years ago

I'm thinking of starting a company so I've been reading a lot about the ins and outs of business management as well as data management. Something that has caught my attention is a data silo. What exactly is a data silo, and is it something I want in my company?

Braden Howe

Thursday, April 21, 2022

A data silo is basically a data isolate. It is data that is stored and isolated from the rest of the company. One department stores data and that data can not be accessible or used by another department in the organisation. If you are just starting a company, you may not have a problem with data silos, as this is more common in large companies that have units that may operate independently. To prevent data silos from happening, make sure every department of your company works together and every unit learns together, communicates often and collaborates to achieve a common purpose.

Glenn Lloyd

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Data silos, also known as information silos, carry a negative connotation. They are data sets accessible and controllable to one department in the organization but kept isolated from other departments. Data silos are stored in a self-contained system and incompatible with other data sets. Technology, new apps, organizational structure, and culture are the factors that give birth to data silos.

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