Sharing sounds easier than it is

Sharing sounds easier than it is

06/07/18 | by: Jack Blogg

A lot of commentators over the last decade have suggested that collaboration and sharing make life a lot easier. To a very large extent this is quite right, but the technologies and governance behind making it happen can be daunting.

Consider the cliché’d image from when the Internet first began. People started talking about an “internet fridge”, one that would report its own breakdowns, ordering its own food when you run out…and technologically this could all be achieved now, given the progress made in the Internet of Things.

Consider it, however, from the point of view of data governance. The location of the fridge is presumably in someone’s private residence. Once the device is out of warranty the fridge’s location, owner’s details and presumably owner’s bank details have to be shared somewhere. That can be arranged. The fridge has to have an API that will interface with any supermarket the owner chooses, which in turn will have to have an agreement on data sharing, as will the couriers.

Much of this exists already without the Internet of Things overlay but this is only one simple(ish) example. Consider the fridges in council houses the need to keep up the maintenance of those and other devices as well as general upkeep whilst sticking rigidly to data governance rules, which the public sector must. Think about interfacing automatically with the private sector suppliers without compromising data.

The solution is called Conductor, and like its musical namesake it orchestrates all of the different parts of data. This is achieved by, for example, IBM Spectrum Storage; it eliminates silos with a multi-tenant converged application and data fabric, works on a distributed infrastructure and simplifies administration and speeds access to data. Administered by the right partner, such as S3 with our data storage skills, this sort of data management in the public sector becomes achievable – to the advantage of everybody who wants a secure, manageable means of delivering services in the 21st century.

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