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Speed and Security are Main Drivers for Surge in DataOps Adoption

By Matthew Yeh posted 08-28-2019 10:51:59 AM

Global enterprises are adopting DataOps for two major reasons:
Speed and Security are Main Drivers for Surge in DataOps Adoption
faster time to market and greater security and compliance, according to a new report by 451 Research.
This article was originally published on the Delphix website here February 13, 2019.

new report by top analyst firm 451 Research reveals global enterprises are adopting DataOps for two major reasons: greater velocity of innovation and as a tool to address debilitating security and compliance concerns. With data breach news regularly making the headlines along with growing pressure from an array of privacy regulations, organizations are leaning on DataOps to help establish consistent data governance policies that enable the rapid and secure flow of data for their enterprise initiatives. 

As companies today are rushing to build more applications, development velocity is under pressure, and more pressure to deliver faster creates greater security risks. 

DataOps Business Benefits

What’s the Biggest Threat to Data Security? Humans, of Course. 

Sixty-eight percent of respondents stated that securing data shared with internal and external users is a big concern within their organization. The use of data by various individuals is moving up the stacks - it’s not just developers who need access to data but increasingly more people on the business side. While many security breach stories tend to be about bad actors outside of the company, the reality is that it’s usually caused by an insider threat. As a result, the insatiable demand for data across the organization creates security concerns because of the lack of a uniform and consistent security practice carried out across the enterprise. 

Securing Data Shared with Internal and External User is a Concern

For this reason, it’s critical to align the right people, process and technology to bring fast, secure data to those who need it. With the right data platform as an enabler, DataOps provides a unified approach to security that can work across different parts of the organization and multiple types of technologies, such as databases, applications, and beyond.

Organizations need to be empowered to identify sensitive data, eliminate risk through technologies, such as data masking, and centrally govern the distribution and retention of data to control who has access to what data, when, where, and for how long. Implementing these capabilities goes a long way in achieving compliance with emerging regulations, like GDPR and CCPA

Don’t Be Disrupted, Be the Disruptor 

Today, every company is a data company, whether you know it or not. Companies are constantly battling for customer experiences, and those experiences all require data - lots of it, continuously refreshed. As a result, security practices must be integrated into the innovation workflow, and data accessibility is also a critical factor to speed and winning in any industry. 

Market leaders use high-quality, secure data to disrupt, and having the ability to continuously deliver data and manage change within that data is one of the defining characteristics of sustained and relentless innovation. Oftentimes, enterprise teams will lock down data to protect the business from security risks. However, locking down data severely restricts a company’s ability to innovate whereas establishing an enterprise-wide security strategy breaks down data silos and allows multiple teams to build customer experiences powered by fast, secure data. 

Big companies that are still executing on legacy and manual processes run the risk of being the next victim of digital disruption, whereas those who implement a modern-day data strategy, like DataOps, enables two key groups, data operators (including DBAs, security and compliance and storage administrators) and data consumers (developers, QAs, data scientists, analysts) to connect as one team, eliminating key points of friction across the data lifecycle. 

Every modern data strategy needs to have security woven in at the core unless you want to be on the front page of the Wall Street Journal for a data breach. A foundational change in how data is accessed and leveraged across the enterprise through a DataOps approach will be essential in dramatically reducing the complexities of data management while achieving regulatory compliance, ultimately unlocking speed and innovation for the business. 

Download “DataOps Lays the Foundations for Agility, Security and Transformation Change” analyst report to learn why your enterprise needs a DataOps strategy, not just more data people.