It’s Time to Become Data-Driven By Getting Your Data Foundation Right

Indonesia is well on its way with its digital transformation journey. According to a study, over 33% of local Indonesian companies had invested over US$ 500,000 in digital transformation products and services in 2019 and almost 80% will increase their IT spend over the next three years.

Digital transformation can mean a lot of things, from simply getting rid of paper-based systems and digitising internal and external processes, implementing more virtualisation and remote work practices to enabling highly advanced and intelligent systems. The priority for Indonesian organisations will be to optimise technology in order to move faster and with the lessons learned from the global pandemic, be able to adapt to change and respond to impactful events in real-time.

Becoming digitalised means businesses will be surrounded by a constant flow of data. If businesses do not effectively manage, govern, secure and leverage their data, then their transformation journey will be one that is fraught with tremendous challenges. Hence, success, for many of today’s modern organisations, hinges on having a robust data foundation.

To help you, here we list the core areas you need to focus on in order to build your business from the data up.

  1. Break down your data silos: Your insights are only as good as the data you input for analysis. The problem that many companies have is that they have a myriad of data types coming from different sources and on top of that, they have different systems and solutions to “deal with” all that data. This creates data silos that make managing and gaining full visibility of the data difficult and worst of all, affects the quality of your data. Incomplete and badly managed data will ultimately bring down the accuracy and reliability of your AI and analytical systems as well as other data-dependent operations.

  2. Align your data for hybrid cloud: Businesses are moving increasingly to the cloud to take advantage of its capabilities and cost-effectiveness. But rarely do they move 100% of their IT to the public cloud. For many years to come, enterprise IT environments in Indonesia and many parts of the world will remain a hybrid model (utilising a mixture of on-prem and public/private clouds). Achieving data clarity in such environments is highly complex and legacy data platforms won’t cut it. Make sure that you define and implement a hybrid cloud data strategy, with a data platform that allows you to realise that strategy.

  3. Eliminate shadow IT: Technology and data can unlock all kinds of business possibilities. But often, IT departments fail to meet the demands of different lines of business in time, causing delays in the solution delivery. Thus, shadow IT is often born out of necessity to fill in those gaps. When you have applications and data that are outside of the purview and control of IT, it can cause various operational and security issues. To eliminate this problem, you need a data platform that can outperform shadow IT and deliver all the services and agility that your business desires without putting it at risk.

  4. Connect your data lifecycle: To become data-driven, you need to allow multiple groups (IT, data scientists as well as those in lines of business) within your organisation to work together on shared data. However, this is not possible using point solutions that work independently of each other. You need to connect the dots and integrate the whole data lifecycle – from collection and ingestion of the data to enriching, reporting, serving and protecting – with the underlying security, automation and governance that ties it all together. You need to start looking at the data lifecycle as a continuum and usea data platform that handles it as such.

Cloudera believes that in order to navigate the most common and complex data related pitfalls, organisations need a data platform that takes an “enterprise data cloud” approach, such as the Cloudera Data Platform (CDP). CDP’s fully open architecture supports and integrates the full data lifecycle. It is designed to manage, govern, secure and run multi-function analytics on your data no matter where it may reside – on-premises or in any cloud.

There is a race towards digitalisation in Indonesia and data is the key to staying ahead. With CDP, Cloudera provides businesses with a powerful data platform that will help them build a robust data foundation to digitally transform and gain the agility to meet all of their data-driven aspirations.

Click here to find out how Cloudera can equip your business with the ability to transform complex data into clear, actionable insights and deliver cloud-native services to manage and secure the data lifecycle in any cloud or data centre.

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