Co-Founder Heather Haughian featured in TechTarget article about the benefits of cloud data management

Culhane Meadows’ Co-Founder Heather Haughian was recently interviewed for an article by TechTarget about the benefits of cloud-based data management systems.

Here are a few excerpts from the article:

As enterprises move data storage, compute and applications to the cloud, cloud-based data management systems are increasingly important. Cloud service providers offer a wealth of tools on tap, but it’s wise to understand the associated cloud costs before making expensive mistakes.

Most of today’s enterprises have a hybrid cloud architecture, so it’s important to have an appropriate enterprise data management strategy that transcends the location of data.

“The hybrid landscape will definitely be important, so we’ll see vendors pivot in and capitalize there,” said Daniel Elman, research manager at Nucleus Research. “IBM is the main one …, but now we’re seeing AWS and Azure investing in hybrid capabilities as well. I think you’ll see the data management players who are partnering with those [cloud vendors] take advantage of those capabilities.”

The benefits of cloud-based data management

Cloud-based data management provides a variety of benefits:

    • data governance controls
    • value-added security controls
    • an audit trail
    • faster query performance
    • built-in product upgrades
    • scalability
    • elasticity
    • compliance (e.g., GDPR, CCPA and the Biometric Information Privacy Act)
    • automated backup and disaster recovery
    • lower costs, assuming cloud costs have been optimized

Consider the industry

Law firms have special requirements for data usage and security, but their infrastructures differ. Though some are concerned about cloud security, others believe the cloud is actually more secure.

“We did this because it saves our clients money, it’s more secure and it’s more flexible. Our partners can work from anywhere,” said Heather Clauson Haughian, founder and managing partner of law firm Culhane Meadows, which has been completely cloud-based for the past eight years.

“Two or three years ago, we changed our document management system from one cloud to another, so one of the things I tell my clients is not only is it going to cost, but you also have to really know where your data is,” said Haughian, who is also an International Association of Privacy Professionals Certified Information Privacy Professional.

She also underscored the importance of stakeholder support from the outset.

“If you invest in resources from the outset, making sure you educate people as to what exactly you’re doing and how you’re doing it, you’ll get better buy in, which means you’ll have a shorter migration period,” Haughian said. “[Otherwise,] you’ll have people who are resistant, don’t know what the process is and are protective of their data because they don’t think it belongs in the cloud.”

To view the article, click HERE.


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