Enterprise Data

What Does Enterprise Data Mean?

Enterprise data is data that is shared by the users of an organization, generally across departments and/or geographic regions. Because enterprise data loss can result in significant financial losses for all parties involved, enterprises spend time and resources on careful and effective data modeling, solutions, security and storage.

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Techopedia Explains Enterprise Data

A key asset component, enterprise data is subdivided into internal and external data categories, which are classified according to organizational processes, resources and/or standards.

There is no precise standard for what defines enterprise data from small or medium sized businesses. However, once an organization gets to the point where it has many operating units in different locations, its needs clearly get more complicated as compared to the one-location business with a single IT department.

Enterprise data characteristics include:

  • Integration: Ensures a single consistent version of enterprise data for sharing throughout an organization
  • Minimized redundancy, disparity and errors: As enterprise data is shared by all of an organization’s users, data redundancy and disparity must be minimized. Data modeling and management strategies are directed towards these requirements.
  • Quality: To ensure data quality, enterprise data must follow organizational or other identified standards for varying internal and external data components.
  • Scalability: Data must be scalable, flexible and robust to meet different enterprise requirements.
  • Security: Enterprise data must be secured via authorized and controlled access.
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