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Cloud BI: Strengthening data security and advanced analytics

The future is in the cloud. But while the rate in which businesses transfer data and workloads to the cloud is accelerating, there is agreement on one common concern: security. Nearly two-thirds of organizations see security as the biggest challenge for cloud adoption. As many as 75% of IT leaders also state that managing privacy and data protection in a cloud environment is more challenging than on-premise.

Decision-makers that deal with cloud security often ask the same questions, such as Where is the data? Who has access to it? How do we set access permissions? Is there visibility, and is it an accurate view? Understanding all of these elements requires a comprehensive cloud security strategy, and the most effective way of guaranteeing data security is keeping data at its source.

The benefits of cloud-based advanced analytics

Advanced analytics usually requires users to extract or replicate data from the cloud. Yet, this exchange of data opens up a host of uncertainties and vulnerabilities. Imagine if you could leave the data in the cloud, ensure data encryption remains in place and set specific permission controls while strengthening your advanced analytics?

Adding a visualization layer on top of the data cloud enables businesses to not only simplify their data analysis but also helps them manage access permissions and minimize data movement – saving time and reducing costs. These comprehensive access permissions connect the right people to the right data, boosting data accessibility, and providing company-wide support for more intelligent decisions.

In addition to greater security control, cloud solutions also keep the data dynamic – speeding up the time to the right business actions.

Less data movement = better data governance

With direct access to the data cloud, users can query data almost instantly, or live query data. With no data being copied or imported, users have a more reliable view of the data and it is always 100% up-to-date. And with less data movement, data becomes more reliable, accurate and trustworthy – even if spread across multiple sources and applications.

With businesses facing a myriad of complex compliance regulations, being able to track, analyze and pinpoint data sources and flagging any specific inconsistencies is highly beneficial. Connecting to the data cloud makes it easier to meet compliance requirements. Gathering reports on specific data, identifying where that data is located, and providing the sought-after single source of truth aligns with internal regulatory processes. Since the process becomes faster and hassle-free, it can reduce the risk of non-compliance and any costly fines.

Cloud adoption is rapidly accelerating. Providing a secure connection to your cloud data addresses many of the concerns and challenges businesses associate with transferring data and workloads away from on-premise solutions. Organizations need to find the balance between managing data security and empowering teams to analyze and access the data within the business to unlock insights. With direct access to the data cloud, this becomes possible.

We’re excited about the future and would love to share more of our thoughts around secure data analytics in the cloud.