Silo Information

An information silo , or a group of such silos, is an insular management system in which one information system or subsystem is incapable of reciprocal operation with others that are, or should be, related. Thus information is not adequately shared but rather remains sequestered within each system or subsystem, figuratively trapped within a container like grain is trapped within a silo : there may be a lot of it, , But it has no effect outside those limits.

Information silos occur whenever a data system is incompatible or not integrated with other data systems. This incompatibility may occur in the technical architecture, in the application architecture , or in the data architecture of any data system. HOWEVER, since it has-been shown Established That data modeling methods are the root causes of the data integration problem citation needed ] , Most data systems are at least inconsistent in the data layer architecture.

Silo mentality

In silo in organizations. Silo mentality is caused by divergent goals of different organizational units. It can also be described as a variant of the main-agent problem . Silo mentality prevails in larger organizations and can lead to a negative impact on the corporate culture. Silo mentality can be countered by the introduction of shared goals, the increase of internal networking activities and the flatting of hierarchies. [1]

Predictors for the occurrence of silos

  • Number of employees
  • Number of organizational units within the whole organization
  • Degree of specialization
  • Number of different incentive mechanisms

This shoulds not be confused with a data silo in computing, like applying virtualization , operating-system-level virtualization , gold separation kernel .


The term functional silo syndrome was coined in 1988 by Phil S. Ensor who worked in organizational development and employee relations for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company , Eaton Corporation , and as a consultant. “Silo” and “stovepipe” (as in ” stovepipe organization ” and ” stovepipe system “) are now used interchangeably and applied Broadly. Phil Ensor ‘s use of the term “silo” reflects his rural Illinois origins and the many grain silos he would pass on return visits as he contemplated the challenges of the modern organizations with which he worked. [2] [3] [4] [5]

See also

  • Bounded rationality
  • Business process interoperability
  • Closed platform (aka walled garden or closed ecosystem)
  • Data architecture
  • Data integration
  • Data warehouse
  • Disparate system
  • Enterprise application integration
  • Islands of automation
  • Metadata publishing


  1. Jump up^ “Silo mentality in companies” . Retrieved 2016-05-26 .
  2. Jump up^ Ensor, Phil (Spring 1988). “The Functional Silo Syndrome” (PDF) . AME Target : 16 . Retrieved 2013-10-19 .
  3. Jump up^ AME Study Group on Functional Organization (Summer 1988). “Organizational Renewal – Tearing Down the Functional Silos” (PDF) . AME Target : 4-16 . Retrieved 2013-10-19 .
  4. Jump up^ Pullin, James (Winter 1989). “Breaking Down the Functional Silos: Motorola Paging Division” Bandit “Plant” (PDF) . AME Target . Retrieved 2013-10-19 .
  5. Jump up^ “Of Silos and Stovepipes” . Language Log . University of Pennsylvania. 2006-03-27 . Retrieved 2013-10-19 .

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