Every company can be a data company with low-code/no-code governance tools

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We’ve all heard the saying “every company is a software company” at some point in the last few years. But recently there is a new saying: “Every company is a cloud and data company.” That makes sense – data is exploding in insights, innovation and cloud usage, with cloud spending expected to exceed $ 1.3 trillion by 2025. Because the cloud is now the default expectation of running a business, the rules have changed – and businesses need to work with it. New regulatory barriers and barriers to innovation. Fortunately, we know how to proceed quickly based on what we’ve done in the past: low-code / no-code solutions.

Where we started

To be successful as software companies, businesses needed to have enough people to write code, limiting their growth. This skill difference initially forced companies to hire expensive consultants, telling them that technology could either improve service or increase sales, leverage the software needed and then deliver – certainly not a cheap or fast process. .

Companies eventually overcame this barrier with low-code and no-code tools – software that could write code for users and thus democratize operations previously only performed by IT professionals. For example, creating a website required HTML and Java coding experience, but over the past five years, low- and no-code tools have helped end-users speed up the process and improve performance on the business side. While typo and coding failures are not catastrophic that IT professionals should spend all their time chasing, and those tools are in the hands of all users throughout the business, working with data in the cloud becomes easier and more efficient.

Yet these tools are generally limited to creating application and using established processes, rather than dealing with significant risks to today’s businesses – data governance and risks.

Why Data-Based Progress Has Emerged Against Privacy Rules

Today’s businesses create and store large amounts of enterprise and customer data. They now have the personal information of millions of users and data on how, where and when they use the software. Digital data on healthcare, financial information, logistics and shipping, ecommerce, security and more can be easily collected and stored.

When companies rush to use this resource for business, they face a new hurdle: data privacy rules. New regional laws directing the sharing of PII, PHI and PCI data are being passed and updated at a faster pace in line with consistent global standards. These rules, from the GDPR to the CCPA, include costly penalties for data leaks or misuse – the California Privacy Act, for example, ranges from $ 2,500 to $ 7,500 per record.

For example, direct-to-consumer companies have had to adapt to both GDPR and CCPA fairly quickly in order to maintain consumer confidence. Functional nutrition company HumanN was concerned about complying with the GDPR and other regulatory requirements around PII to avoid potential penalties and damage to reputation. And Joel Kochhar, CEO of HumanN, and the company’s small data team both recognized the need for a no-code solution that could deliver business value in hours or days, not months or years. Eventually they opted for easy-to-implement technology that integrates with their cloud-based ecosystem to ensure that data is being responsibly reviewed and access is closely controlled.

Many companies today may be at the beginning of their data governance journey, but they will soon face a skill gap equivalent to a coding gap, unless they invest in tools that can achieve compliance regardless of technical skills.

No-code, low-code software enables self-service data governance and fast data-based insights

The good news is that we already know the solution: create tools that allow non-technical users to manually roll out and manage data governance solutions. Businesses have previously embraced digital transformation with low-code and no-code approaches. Instead of applying it to software, in this case, they need to expand it into their entire cloud and governance infrastructure.

Does this make adaptation possible? Technology that works within a hybrid and multi-cloud framework and does not require new infrastructure or code to set things up. This technology democratizes the governance process throughout the organization and reduces the stress of adapting to regulatory changes.

With this strategy, data engineers and admins can periodically update and manage the tedious process of setting policy-based data controls for non-technical teams, which only comes to handle the most difficult tasks. No one needs to know SQL, Apache Ranger or YAML – data governance teams or any other non-coders can activate and control their own governance policies and update them as needed. The faster the process, the less risk of error. Those responsible for governance can see that the policies are working properly with their own eyes, and they can adjust immediately if something goes wrong – such as a marketing team jumping on a website to fix a typo.

For HumanN, visibility in data usage underscores the previously identified problem: lack of clarity from using the same role for multiple purposes. For example, the role of the superuser for a database was used to extract data through BI tools, to import data through sales channels, and to make queries and make changes to the database through database admins.

Thus the engineers faced a serious problem: lack of accurate analysis on data usage. Investing in low-code data control allowed them to understand access to data administration and sharing roles and create custom compliance rules to control them.

What’s next

With this approach, anyone across the company who wants to gain insights from sensitive and regulated data, including the business side, can implement data controls and security to use that data safely and in compliance with the rules. With no-code data governance tools, companies can quickly gain value for data and become the “data companies” they become.

Companies should invent low-code / no-code tools, create a work culture that emphasizes that everyone is responsible for data privacy and security and provides tools to enable everyone to take action. When it comes to creating technology we have faced the coding challenge and learned how to adapt. Now, we must do the same with the regime.

James Beachum is the co-founder and CTO of ALTR,

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