What do I mean by a data island?
Data Silos cause multiple problems for an organization:
If the data silo isn't easily available to the staff person needing the data, then it's only human nature to improvise. They guess at the data, spend time searching, find an incorrect copy of the data, or just give up and skip the data to meet the deadline. Or, without a clear central data source, when new data is created within an organization, the culture may be to create another spreadsheet.
The end result can be:
- Staff make decisions based on incorrect data.
- Staff and customers are frustrated by missing or incorrect data.
- The incomplete, or incorrect, data hurts the reputation of the organization.
- The board is given reports with conflicting information.
And that's the reason behind this statement in the Tejon Tech's Culture Statements:
Kill the Silos!
As a consultant always keep your eye out for unnecessary data silos, because there's value in killing silos.