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Create your own data model

It's a win-win situation in its best sense: Migrating to the cloud, while doing good for society – a German food charity is doing just that. While this may set a precedent for other NGOs, each organisation – whether big or small – must find its own data model and ensure that the asset is always available, trusted, and secure.

Organisations have more data than ever at their disposal. That applies to bluechip companies and small organisations alike. Take the example of Tafel Leipzig, a German charity: Founded more than 20 years ago as a small NGO, the organisation today distributes food donations to 15,000 people a month. Their clients in the city of Leipzig include unemployed or homeless people, but also a rising number of low paid workers, single parents, retirees and even students.

As the number of people served ballooned, more distribution points were opened up and EU data privacy rules (GDPR) tightened, Tafel Leipzig decided that it was time to give up manually managed Excel sheets. Instead, customer and supplier data was migrated to a more future-proof system: A cloud-based content solution. While the transition helps Tafel Leipzig to fulfil data protection rules, it also boosts their productivity. "This will enable us to serve more people in need and distribute valuable food that would otherwise be wasted," said Werner Wehmer, Chief Executive Officer of Tafel Leipzig.

Companies share common goals when dealing with data including data security. If data is lost or stolen, IT assets quickly become liabilities as average cost of data breaches or non compliance keep rising each year and transferring your information system to a cloud helps you to protect sensitive data and critical business processes even better. Still, each business model requires an individual approach to managing data. Whoever tries to take all the data points in the world and imitate your rivals is doomed to fail. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. As Oracle’s research suggests that 80 percent of all enterprise and mission-critical workloads will move to the cloud in 2019, companies must safeguard data by choosing the right technology but also the right data model that works for them.

At Tafel Leipzig, an Oracle partner trained volunteers with very basic IT skills to rethink which data must be protected and what should be distributed to whom, as all data moved to the cloud. To ensure the smooth running of food collection, storage, processing and output, data such as addresses, vehicle information or quantities of food has to be accessed by the right people at the right time.

Whether you run a charity or a large enterprise, cloud solutions also help you produce trustworthy data and attain meaningful insights from it. You find out who your customers are and what they really care for. As new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are integrated, cloud solutions have become crucial to driving new business and putting your company on a steady path of discovery.

The Tafel Leipzig team now has access to client and supplier data from nearly anywhere via mobile devices. The charity also plans to digitally log, visualise and assess the overall throughput of goods to make the most of the donations that fund its operations. Or as CEO Wehmer puts it: "Oracle technology is thus making an important contribution to the common good and to a livable society.”

Please read our recent report on Cloud security and ethics here.

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