Can Data Archiving Be Strategic?
Whatever Enterprise Digital Transformation may mean to you and your organization, most people will agree that the most critical success factor in Digital Transformation is being able to extract value from your Enterprise Data. The organization, integration, and harmonization of your data are the three key “-ations” to be sure. But unless you can manage, secure, protect, and access your organized-integrated-harmonized data, you will fall short of your Digitization Goals.
The growth of data across all enterprises creates stress points on the basic custodial tasks of storage, protection, and quick/easy access. The past history of Information Technology has shown that our approaches to “Archival” of data are some of the least popular, least adopted, and least successful activities that we have ever undertaken.
We know that growth rates of data will continue to increase, and we know that the basic custodial tasks of data will continue to be stressed beyond the point at which we can ensure Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability of the mission critical enterprise data (along with all the other data).
Fortunately, rapid development in data management technologies has provided solutions. We can now seize on these solutions to implement an archiving capability that not only solves the custodial stress points but also improves access to data and data integration and data protection and data harmonization.
I have personally been involved in a few recent projects where we completely changed the way an organization perceives, implements, and enjoys data archival. With the help of great technologies, we have finally reached the point where I can say that Data Archiving can be a strategic initiative for an enterprise. All of this can be achieved based upon savings.
The companies I have seen are able to enjoy significantly reduced infrastructure and licensing costs, ensure security and compliance, provide full documentation and enforce defensible disposition of data. But they are also able to integrate and harmonize their data across legacy and active application data sources – with quick and easy access to the data (via prior app interface or keyword-type access). All of that with a full Compliance Manager, Dynamic Data Masking, and even Single Sign-on. The apps can be on-premise or cloud based, and the compressed data store can be on-premise or cloud based.
Chief Technology Officer