|People talk disparagingly of the data silo, a repository of fixed data that is not used during an organization’s daily operations. But sometimes, particularly in government organizations and agencies that handle sensitive information, data silos need to remain stored in compliance with security or privacy policies. This puts complex pressure on CIOs to answer the demand to securely make the data available from a unified access point. Historically, the sharing of data meant that the requesting party needed to code a link to the silo, as well as an additional link into yet another repository. At that point, the requested data would then be duplicated into what essentially amounts to yet another silo. Multiply this data redundancy by every requesting party and exposed silos, and you now have littered your infrastructure with out-of-sync systems. Each of these systems brings its own subsets of critical data that need to be administered. Ultimately, the net result is data governance run amok.