Organising corporate data in a fashion where it remains accessible and searchable is a major challenge for any organisation. These are the four areas which cause the most grief (and hence the four to concentrate on when you're revamping a business data management strategy).
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A survey commissioned by CommVault from IDC of 505 regional CIOs (including 100 from Australia) highlighted the most common difficulties with data management. For the Australian managers, four issues stood out as particular problems:
- trying to perform a global search across different data repositories
- gaining secure access to those search tools when not inside the corporate network
- reliably performing searches where definitive accuracy is required (such as ediscovery for legal cases)
- finding data that was more than five years old
While none of those issues was a massive challenge (the top-ranked issue was still only a difficulty for 14 per cent of respondents), collectively they suggest that while our data may be backed up and archived, it still isn't managed very well in many instances.