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The Growing Problem of Data Management.

by on August 6, 2009

The exponential growth of data in the enterprise has been well documented. And from all  reports, it’s only going to get bigger. So if reducing the amount of data we produce isn’t a viable option, then the next logical step is learning how to manage it effectively. And, unfortunately, with the new compliancy and eDiscovery requirements that have come to light in the past few years, managing data is no longer an option but has become a critical requirement.

Christine Taylor posted another great article, Records Management & eDiscovery, on Byte and Switch about the tsunami of data that is heading for organizations and their regulatory and legal responsibility. One point that I’ve talked about before, and that Christine emphasized, was how the courts now look at a company’s responsibility when it comes to eDiscovery:

“Companies used to be able to argue undue burden, but today’s courts are increasingly rejecting that argument and holding companies accountable for protecting and producing relevant records. Companies used to be able to argue undue burden, but today’s courts are increasingly rejecting that argument and holding companies accountable for protecting and producing relevant records.”

Christine does mention that there are tools out there that can help you gain control over your data, including a great eDiscovery solution from B&L (personally I think B&L offers the best solutions, but I could be a bit biased :). Another good resource for information on IT and eDiscovery is Peter Vogel’s blog.

The important thing is to tackle this situation head on, because it is not going away, and there can be harsh consequences if you don’t. 

One Comment
  1. It’s been said that everything IT does is centered on data management. It embraces everything that involves handling of data. However, there are certain cases where a company’s database goes wrong, that is why they seek and invest in database software and solutions, accordingly.

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