IT managers believe that fragmentation of corporate data across their IT infrastructure and an emerging "Shadow IT" network of user devices or consumer cloud services outside their control are putting their organizations at risk and driving up costs. New research from Freeform Dynamics shows over 80 percent of respondents believe effective business decision making is hampered by data availability and inconsistency issues. Eighty-three percent 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 percent saying that tracking and managing critical corporate data is now a big challenge, with the associated costs highlighted by 84 percent as being a further concern.
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 U.S. and UK completed in April 2013. The independent report was sponsored by Mimecast. An infographic best practice guide and the full report can be found at www.mimecast.com/datafragmentation.
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