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Collibra 2021 Predictions: Top predictions for the future of CDOs, data, cloud and the future of work

vmblog 2021 prediction series 

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2021.  Read them in this 13th annual VMblog.com series exclusive.

Top predictions for the future of CDOs, data, cloud and the future of work

By Stan Christiaens, co-founder and CTO of Collibra

COVID-19 has had a massive impact on the way businesses work today. Becoming a digital-first business is no longer optional, elevating the role of the CDO within the organization. With the shift to remote work, more and more companies will migrate to some type of cloud service solution. There's an urgency for better collaboration and tools that enable knowledge sharing across teams and locations. One of the key elements to ensuring your organization's success in this digital environment is having a 360-degree view of your data.

2021 will be a uniquely fascinating year. Here are my predictions for next year and beyond:

The CDO in 2021

Transformation is inevitable. CDOs who can build a factory of data products and bring value digital transformation to their shifting businesses will be heroes. They will be the people who extend an olive branch to technical audiences because data products cannot be built without technical support. The CDO will have a dual role in their company, fostering a good relationship with IT, as well as mastering those new data architectures.

Cloud and the Future of Work

We'll be seeing a lot more fragmentation of offices-whether it's home offices, smaller offices or temporary offices-making online tools and online collaboration even more important. The cloud is the perfect infrastructure to facilitate this new way of working. No matter where you're physically located, the cloud gives you access to everything you need, from your regular networks to email to office needs to storage, databases and data warehouses. You don't need to worry about how to access these services anymore. All you need is a service, similar to having access to electricity everywhere or water everywhere.

Hybrid Cloud and Multi-Cloud

We will continue to see hybrid cloud and multi-cloud. Why will we continue to see hybrids? Don't look at what is changing; look at what is not changing. And what is not changing is that companies cannot just move everything into the cloud in a heartbeat. This will take them years, even if they're fully behind the initiative. For that reason, you will continue to see hybrids. We are headed into a future where on-premise is seen as legacy.

Multi-cloud will also continue because of the ongoing war between Amazon, Google and Microsoft. Big companies will continue to have multiple vendors. Why? Microsoft is omnipresent; almost everybody has Microsoft because of Windows and Office. Microsoft will come in with their cloud services -it's inevitable. AWS has been very successful at establishing a landing in many organizations because it was the first in the cloud. However, some businesses don't like AWS because they see Amazon as competition. Google has strength in AI and data processing and has been very successful here. I don't predict that in the next few years we'll see a winner in this race.

Data Silos

In the industry we often talk about breaking down data silos, but we should acknowledge that some silos will always be there. In large organizations you will always have local departments or regions that have their own tools or databases, and that will continue. If you have data sovereignty, that local office in your organization will have a silo. That's why the best approach is to look at how you can have a better understanding of the data you have. A data intelligence platform can serve as your index and your map, showing you the silos you have and how they are connected by providing a 360-degree view of data assets.

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About the Author

Stan Christiaens 

Stan Christiaens is co-founder and CTO of Collibra, the data intelligence company. Stan leads Collibra's Data Office and is responsible for overall data strategy, data infrastructure and translating internal learnings into value for our customers and partners. He is also Collibra's product evangelist and drives future innovation. Previously, Stan launched various departments within Collibra including Product, Presales, Postsales, Partnerships, Marketplace, and Research and Education. Prior to cofounding Collibra, he was a senior researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where he focused on application-oriented research in semantics. Stan holds a Master of Science degree in Information Technology, a Master's degree in Artificial Intelligence from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and a Postgraduate in Industrial Corporate Governance from Europese Hogeschool Brussel. He is a sought-after expert resource, industry speaker and author on the topic of Data Intelligence.

Published Monday, December 07, 2020 7:38 AM by David Marshall
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