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August 2015, Volume 3, Number 4

Integrating cloud data? Don’t let data governance be an afterthought

Splunk Inc. doesn't sell shoes or books. It's a cloud services company, involved in application delivery, big data and analytics. It's natural, then, to assume the company has an inside track on cloud integration, getting different applications and data sets in different locations to work together. But the fact is, Splunk wrestles with the very same issues as any other business that's looking to operate in the cloud. Splunk's business needs require it to move multiple data sets among multiple applications in multiple clouds, tasks that require a clear understanding of the ultimate source and system of record for each data set, according to Christopher Nelson, the San Francisco company's senior director of business applications. "People believe it's easy to leverage point-to-point integrations and tying systems together," Nelson said. "When companies start moving data between systems to improve their business processes, that's when they suddenly realize they need to have clear rules, or governance, as to how data is going to be ...

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