Data synchronization is the effort to ensure that, once data leaves a system or storage entity, it does not fall out of harmony with its source, thereby creating inconsistency in the data record.
Often the very purpose of an application is to modify and update data. But when data is modified in an application, you must take care that those changes are communicated back to other systems that use that data. Data synchronization provides a means of creating harmony and consistency among all the systems that have access to data.
Every business will have some level of concern for the synchronization of its data. Data synchronization has been a growing business concern due to increased use of mobile devices, which require synchronization of users’ personal data such as email and any operational data they may use.
Data synchronization prevents data conflicts, which can result in errors and low-quality, low-trust data. Synchronized, trustworthy data is essential for security, compliance, and a wide variety of operational functions. Organizations that can trust the quality of their data will enjoy higher performance, reputation, and cost-efficiency.