Have you ever felt that there was a lack of synergy and connection between teams in your company and that there were communication problems related to missing data and information?
If the answer is yes, then you need a radical change because, most likely, your company operates in silos.
The Data Silos is a system that separates different types of sectors and employees: working under this system means moving in watertight compartments, giving rise to barriers that hinder collaboration and communication between members of different teams, reducing efficiency and obstructing the flow of information.
This disconnection and lack of collaboration between business departments also inevitably leads to negative impacts on time to market, costs, and quality of services/products offered.
To make the most of the potential of the company’s assets, it is necessary for the enterprise to implement a change in internal organization that overcomes this silo logic in favor of a systemic view.
Data and information are common goods to be shared to achieve goals.
What exactly are the impacts on your business with data silos?
As should go without saying, in order to offer the best service/product in the marketplace, it is critical to provide the various work teams with as much information as possible, and in the absence of shared communication and data use, the resulting issues your company faces are:
Failures or disruptions
Management of rework with associated loss of time
Delays in launching a new product/service
Missing information for customers
To eliminate the system of data silos, it is necessary to first identify them and then act on the problem by implementing scalable, long-term solutions and, not to be underestimated, by getting each work team to look in the same direction. In most cases, data silos arise on their own within the company, finding fertile ground on which to take root; for example, they form when members of a team remain loyal to the manager but are not loyal to the company. To prevent this from happening, it is most important to make every employee and collaborator understand how crucial his or her contribution is to achieving the company’s mission. Transparency and communication are the key elements in providing a sense of accountability throughout the company.
Members of the various work teams should feel a sense of team and affiliation with the whole company, not just their departmental colleagues. Doing so encourages collaboration between departments, fostering the formation of relationships that can overcome divisions between departments, and improving coordination throughout the company.
What is the solution to the problem?
To eliminate the logic of silos in business processes, it is important to establish digital continuity and make information flow bidirectionally, synchronizing it in real-time with all users involved, generating greater consistency, improving collaboration, and enabling effective performance measurement.
Data integration is definitely the best path to choose in order to move away from the logic of silos, to be accompanied by the most innovative and efficient technology and a corporate culture of collaboration and information sharing.
Measure your company’s performance
Once data silos are eliminated, it is easier to focus on your organization’s performance and measure results and goals.
Measuring performance is part of monitoring a company’s progress, so here are 4 opportunities to seize to increase your company’s effectiveness:
Identify strategic measures down to the departmental level
Simplify your performance measures
Measuring performance results