Part 1 - How well is your Information Managed?

Posted 11/28/2013

In today's organizations information has become a silent element - we know that we are always creating structured information in our multitude of database systems and that we are also creating volumes of unstructured information with email, office automation softwares, unified messaging systems, and digital imaging. Do we know what is happening with all this information? Are we gaining value from it? Are we reducing risk through it's analysis? Are we managing it in accordance with our own policies and the regulatory environment?

Most of us, unfortunately, have become quietly unaware of the information around us. When a gigabyte of email is roughly the equivalent of 65,000 printed pages we suddenly realize that we may be the next subject of the TV Show "Hoarders".... Our IT departments keep adding storage - it's so cheap why not just add more - and our business users never revisit what is stored on the shared drives (how many organizations have an annual file clean up day?). The result? Ever increasing volumes of information with ever decreasing value. Add into the equation the practices of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery where that same information is replicated and stored for extended periods of time and we've created a veritable black hole.

The opportunity for organizations is to treat information as an asset and manage it accordingly - keep what is useful, extract the value and maintain it appropriately. 

Next blog entry - How can I figure out how big it is before I can put my arms around it?

   

   

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Service 03: Developing and Deploying Policies

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