According to Cloud Tech, businesses began to lose control of their data in 2012. The big data trend, cloud computing and the consumerization of IT all had major effects on how businesses managed and kept track of their data, in addition to Hurricane Sandy and a variety of other storms that affected enterprises across the nation. In 2013, however, will be the year for those businesses to regain control over their data and implement the right tools to ensure that control isn't lost again.

The two technologies that affected company data structures the most in 2012 were big data and the cloud. Cloud storage, denial and "cloudonomics," according to the news source, spread information around and made it more difficult for businesses to track, store and utilize that data as needed. This was due to a lack of solutions for complete data management or unreliable tools for managed file transfer.

Cloud solutions
For businesses, 2013 could be the dawning of a new cloud era. With the right solutions already in place for storage and analytics, these companies simply need a better tool for getting the data into the cloud in an organized and efficient manner. Data replication can accomplish this. With data replication solutions like Attunity Replicate, a business can minimize confusion and loss migrating data into the cloud, and improve the speed and agility of the process as well, helping to enhance workflow at the same time.

Big data
Data replication is also a versatile tool for handling big data. With increased data volume comes the need to handle it more quickly and efficiently. Data replication handles this with ease, freeing up other resources that would otherwise have to be dedicated to more mission-critical uses. This helps a business get its data into the cloud efficiently and make real use of big data rather than allowing it to overwhelm the company.

With data management, the cloud and big data, some of the biggest trends of 2012, expected to continue into 2013, now is the time to invest in the right tools to handle the middle ground, allowing a business to focus on the more important aspects of gathering and using data. With these tools in place, businesses will gain the control over data they need to succeed with the latest trends and technology.