Arthur Cole spoke with Bill Reed, vice president of marketing for Abrevity Inc.
Cole: Many organizations realize that metadata is the key to general data management needs, but are balking at the labor-intensive process of tagging and cataloging their data. Are there any ways this can be simplified?
Reed: Yes, by providing IT professionals with an interface to allow fast, easy interviews with business professionals so that classifying files becomes as quick and easy as classifying MP3s with Apple's iTunes.
Cole: Metadata would go a long way toward demolishing the data silos that plague large organizations. What are the benefits to individual business units by giving control of their data to IT departments?
Reed: Versus giving control, business professionals should cooperate with IT departments to help them classify data to ensure proper management and security, thus avoiding risks for security leaks, compliance fines or data loss.
Cole: In what ways does Abrevity's SLICEbase system use metadata to improve the information lifecycle?
Reed: It allows discovery and extraction of file and e-mail metadata and, versus typical search engines, places metadata into proper context (John Apple = person, not fruit). This empowers discovery vs. search to allow for proper classification and policy-based management and tracking.