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Thursday, 11th July 2013

State of the Enterprise Information Landscape Study

Source: Huddle via Charity Digital News

Introduction:

Imagine living in a home where nothing is where it should be. Important possessions like car keys, passports, and insurance policies are hidden away in corners of the house, difficult to reach drawers, and in places you’d altogether forgotten about. Then imagine the volume of these items multiplying three-fold or ten-fold every year. And let’s assume your front door is left unlocked, so none of the contents are secure. It’s a recipe for disaster: items being lost or stolen, actions being overlooked, and a house in chaos.

This is the state organizations find themselves in today. Critical business data is being stored in multiple, separate consumer cloud services and storage devices, as well as legacy systems and shared drives. The massive amounts of new data being created every day simply compound the problem. According to IDC’s Digital Universe study, from 2005 to 2020 the digital universe will expand from 130 exabytes to 40,000 exabytes.

Organizations that have turned a blind eye to employees using consumer file-sharing tools for enterprise content, and it will prove to be damaging and costly—in terms of money, brand, and data losses.

The cloud storage crisis is looming; an issue that Huddle refers to as the “fracturing of the enterprise brain”.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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