August 27, 2010

Every organization's data multiplies every day. This is necessary. Normal. Yet the ugly truth is that often there is so much data, it's overwhelming to cope with how to access or prioritize just certain files. Or make sure certain user identifiable files are archived differently. You could end up with a mountain of data to back up that takes too long and costs a bunch of money that might be unnecessarily spent. So how to do deal with this issue of managing unstructured data?

This topic of conversation got started on a Linked-in Technology forum back in March as we were publicizing a webcast session on managing unstructured data. Some felt that the time had come for this discussion, particularly in the wake of an excellent presentation by Virginia Tech of the challenges they went through after their campus shooting. Some advocated a very short retention policy, which sparked more debate about the life span of "content" and its importance in the organization for documentation and continuity. If you are a member of LinkedIn, you can follow the full discussion on the Region2000 Tech Council Group discussion, or post your comments and questions here.


Want to learn more? If you’d like more information on this topic, be sure to access the webinar on demand. That session really dug into how to address the real challenges of managing all those “unstructured” files: documents, spreadsheets and all the other types of documents that get created each work day.