What's in your silo?

Rick Kennerly rick at MOUSEHERDER.COM
Thu May 9 09:54:03 UTC 2002

:Yes, this is common business jargon. It is synonymous with "stovepipe,"
:although stovepipe is used more when talking about information
:flow and silo
:when talking about organizational structure.

I think we need to differentiate siloed.

Grain is obvious in the farm belt.  But I've read business usage in three
senses.  First, siloed seems to be the missile-age replacement for the WWII
(or before?) bunkered--defensive, isolated, cut off and buried, as in Hitler
and Eva dying in their bunker.  Second, it has to do with organizational
structure.  Third, it is used a lot in Information Technology to describe
archiving and back-up of company computer tapes, discs, cd, etc., as in
protected so well your company's records are siloed in the equivalent of
underground vaults.


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