What to Do if You’re Trapped in a Field of Silos


By Barry Schaeffer

Siloed systems, in the current view, come from siloed thinking in which each major component of an organization acts to solve its own technology problems with systems that do not easily (or at all) communicate with their counterparts across the organization. We should remember, however, that many environments viewed as siloed today wouldn’t have been viewed that way when they were developed only a few years ago.

Most organizations are designed to distribute responsibility via a hierarchy, so that each part of the organization is responsible and rewarded for meeting its own needs with its own staff and its own budget, which creates a strong incentive for it to act in its own interest. The result is systems and technology that meet each group’s particular needs (often quite well), but often without considering how they will play as part of the enterprise.