information systems what are your thoughts on data silos and steps companies can take to reduce them?

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One very practical illustration of the problems that can be created by data silos involves the lack of shared information  among the nation's intelligence agencies in the years preceding September 11. I am hoping that this problem has been greatly reduced in the years since then.

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A company needs a more efficient information system to ensure that everyone in the company has access to the information that is needed quickly, accurately, and efficiently. A data silo is a separate database of information, and it is less efficient but can be used to maintain security.
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Data silos make it harder for different parts of companies to access information that could be useful to them.  This makes companies less efficient.  The best thing for companies to do is to merge the systems used by their various departments.  They should all use compatible systems so data can be accessed by everyone with a need.

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