The Challenges of Gaining Useful Insight into Data

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Actionable Data

Business data respondents would like to make a wide range of data actionable, ranging from emails and employee personnel files to Dropbox and instant messages. Employee-managed data is at the top of the list – getting some access or insight into the files that employees are storing locally or on network file shares seems a paramount concern for respondents. Email, perhaps the most popular and pervasive productivity platform in the workplace, is also near the top of the list.

Data is really only valuable if you can translate it into an actionable plan. Through the survey, it's clear that employers prefer something be done with data, even if they aren't quite sure what that 'something' is. This is why it is so important to be able to manage data and archive it in the correct way.

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.


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