Data fragmentation 'puts businesses at risk'
London, June 6, 2013
Fragmentation of corporate data across the IT infrastructure and an emerging ‘Shadow IT’ network of user devices or consumer cloud services outside their control, are putting organisations at risk and driving up costs, according to a study.
The report ‘Storage Anywhere and Everywhere – dealing with the challenges of data fragmentation’ is the result of interviews with 300 IT professionals in mid-sized organizations across the US and UK, completed in April. The independent report was sponsored by Mimecast.
It shows that over 80 per cent of respondents believe effective business decision making is hampered by data availability and inconsistency issues; 83 per cent are concerned about the security of their corporate data as it is increasingly dispersed across their network and outside.
Getting the situation under control is also proving difficult with 93 per cent saying that tracking and managing critical corporate data is now a big challenge, with the associated costs highlighted by 84 per cent as being a further concern.
The key findings of the report are that information-related requirements and expectations continue to rise; data fragmentation makes it harder to exploit information, creates corporate risk, and increases cost and ongoing management overhead; cloud storage is part of both the problem and the solution; and only a small number of organisations represent best practice for effective, safe and efficient use of business information.
Matthew Ravden, chief strategy officer, Mimecast, said: “Today’s CIOs are much less managers of IT real estate than custodians of corporate data. Their focus is on securing the all-important data, storing and managing it cost effectively, and then making it work harder for both end users and the business as a whole.
"This task is tough enough with information being siloed around the enterprise, and phenomena like SharePoint bloat, but when you add in consumer devices and ‘personal cloud services’.On the one hand, it’s hard to stop the use of these services, but on the other there is no question that they represent a genuine security and compliance risk for IT.
“The elites in this survey show that there are ways to tackle data fragmentation, and if policies and technologies are adopted before the problem becomes too widespread, it’s still quite possible to harness the data for the benefit of the business. It’s also clear that archiving solutions can play a major role here, enforcing DLP and retention policies, fulfilling compliance requirements and giving the CIO a single view of all the critical corporate data.” - TradeArabia News Service