There’s a football axiom that says, ‘defense wins championships,’ but the truth is an effective balance of offense and defense is what actually leads to success. As with football, the same need for a balance of defense & offense can be said for your data strategy
In their Harvard Business Review article, “What’s Your Data Strategy,” by Leandro Dallemule and Thomas Davenport, discuss how organization need to identify the right balance between ‘defense’ – data security and ‘offense’ – the ability for business users and decision makers to turn that data into actionable information. Their chart below visual captures these concepts that seem to be in opposition:
It seems so obvious. One of the key reasons to have all this data is so business users can make informed, fact based decisions – play offense. That means accessing the available data in real time & often from multiple data sources. Ad hoc queries, information on demand enables decision makers to call the ‘audibles’ that can be game changers.
However, no amount of ‘data offense’ will create a winning environment, if the data cannot be kept secure, both from corruption and unauthorized access. Add to the mix the specter of regulatory compliance, both governmental, industry standard and corporate standards and the line for the optimal balance of offense & defense, access & security, become harder to draw.
There is no easy answer & one size never fits all. However, to insure you achieve that optimal balance of a highly secure & highly profitable data strategy, a good place to start is by selecting tools that give you the control and flexibility to set that balance point where it best meets your enterprise requirements. What you will gain is knowing that you will have improved how your frontline tools have improved how your data and decision makers improve business value.
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