Give Me Back My Data - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

04:40 AM
Paige Finkelman
Paige Finkelman

Give Me Back My Data

In the collaborative space, it's easy for an enterprise to get in bed with one vendor. Free web apps are particularly attractive, but unfortunately they often come with a dear price. Your company's data.For the sake of example, let's pick on Google and GMail. Migrating over to a new email client after you've been using GMail is no easy to task. If you grow from an SMB to a large enterprise overnight, it's difficult to change which hosted app you use. Same goes for all those Google Docs you utilize on a day to day basis. All those attractive and free applications have an ugly side - locking in your data is an important part of the way these vendors do business.How can the enterprise avoid this issue? For starters, it would be wise to choose a vendor that gives the user options on where and how their data is stored. In this way, web-based vendors would be wise to mirror desktop applications. If a user can choose their data storage, this proprietary format can be avoided. There shouldn't be a data store attached to the app. At the very least, the user should be able to opt out of data storage on the provider's servers.As early adopters discover that their free service actually comes with a price, it will be interesting to see what type of next-generation hosted applications emerge.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
Download this report to compare how cloud usage and spending patterns have changed in 2020, and how respondents think they'll evolve over the next two years.
InformationWeek Is Getting an Upgrade!

Find out more about our plans to improve the look, functionality, and performance of the InformationWeek site in the coming months.

New Storage Trends Promise to Help Enterprises Handle a Data Avalanche
John Edwards, Technology Journalist & Author,  4/1/2021
11 Things IT Professionals Wish They Knew Earlier in Their Careers
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  4/6/2021
How to Submit a Column to InformationWeek
InformationWeek Staff 4/9/2021
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Current Issue
Successful Strategies for Digital Transformation
Download this report to learn about the latest technologies and best practices or ensuring a successful transition from outdated business transformation tactics.
White Papers
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll