A growing set of disparate systems is bound to develop organically within any large company. These are needed to support sales, marketing, finance and operations. Each of these systems will inevitably have their own supporting databases, workflow systems, business logic and operational models. It is imperative that the users of these systems have access to explore and view data that is cumulative from previously separate databases. This is essential as companies look to improve efficiency and target new markets.
Last week Facebook lost twenty percent of its market value – $100 billion, over concerns of the cost of privacy regulations and financial consequences. This was the largest sell-off of a single publicly owned company in Wall Street history and a warning for all companies who collect, process or otherwise transact privacy data. Facebook is not alone. Organizations large and small are facing challenges in how they protect data with which they are entrusted.