That is the issue with digital data. As digital data doubles very year it leads to vast quantities of unstructured data as employees create office documents, PDF’s, videos etc. Searching and classifying this data however presents a challenge particularly as the data within companies is spread across a multitude of on-cloud and on-premises systems and is simply not joined up.
An interesting chat with David Horrigan from the 451 Research Group confirmed what I had suspected for a while, that for most companies, large and small, Information Governance, as an IT initiative it still does not feature very highly on their agenda.
Although information governance is a pre-requisite for certain industry vertical such as legal and medical, companies tend to try and solve specific point issues rather than implementing an information governance framework. Examples of these are Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) or Mobile Device Management (MDM) policies that whilst in some cases needed, is only one example of the disciplines around information that is required.
There is no doubt Enterprise IT has changed forever over the last two to three years. Even companies who had a “not on cloud” strategy are being forced to re-assess given the economics / ROI that public cloud brings.
Enterprise IT finds itself in a position whereby they have to deal with information silos that can not only be on public cloud services such as Google Drive and Office 365, but also on services such as BaseCamp, SalesForce, and the many other SaaS services that stores content.
Coupled with this is ‘Shadow IT’ and ‘Bring your Own Cloud’, in which company content can easily find its way onto personal users devices and consumer clouds.
As the Cloud permeates all aspects of business enterprises in particular are waking up to the cost benefits that Cloud can bring, from outsourced pay-as-you-go applications to cheaper and easier archival, to storage of non sensitive documents and data. (more…)