Although data silos are denounced as inherently bad since they complicate the coordination of enterprise-wide business activities, since they are often used to support some of those business activities, whether or not data silos are good or bad is a matter of perspective.  

For example, data silos are bad when different business units are redundantly storing and maintaining their own private copies of the same data, but data silos are good when they are used to protect sensitive data that should not be shared.

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