A staggering 75 percent of respondents reported that their business data is loaded with valuable information of which they admit they aren't aware, let alone acting upon. In fact, only 2 percent disagreed that there is valuable information in their business data of which they aren't aware. This is an important statistic because it shows just how much information is going to waste due to the inability to easily access certain data.
In order to avoid this and fully leverage business data, many companies are using third-party cloud archiving to preserve, retrieve and then act on the intellectual property sent and stored in emails, instant messages and file attachments. The primary advantage of the cloud archive is fast and accurate search. Indexing messages and attachments and then searching that index separates archiving from typical backup solutions and enables companies to quickly respond to audits, discovery requests and other internal investigations.
Data is growing at an exponential rate and has been for quite some time. While most IT and business professionals would agree that accessing and managing unstructured data would provide great benefit to an organization, actually extracting useful insights can be a daunting task.
Sonian, a pioneer in cloud-based archiving, recently conducted a survey of IT professionals across a wide range of industries to gather intelligence on data management and, more specifically, the challenges around gaining useful or actionable insight from the ever-growing volume of business data. The following slides provide a glimpse into how executives are thinking about their data, or should be.