Much like death and taxes, incomprehensible data growth is now considered one of life’s certainties. Almost.
In our previous blog we talked about how British spies were collecting so much data they couldn’t analyse it all and put lives at risk as a result. And it isn’t just spies who are struggling.
A Tech Research Asia survey of almost 500 ANZ organisations found that business and IT leaders are facing a raft of challenges with all their data.
- 31% of CXOs have difficulty with timeliness of access to data
- 41% of CIOs find it challenging to secure their data
- One third of CIOs and CXOs are challenged to find cost-effective storage of data
These issues all have a common theme of concerns surrounding managing and accessing important business information and these ultimately lead to a conversation around proper data storage.
For businesses to get the most value out of their data they need to realise the right storage solutions hold the answer. This shouldn’t just be viewed as a new cost but a vital strategic decision that can ensure your business is future-proofed in a rapidly-moving corporate landscape.
The good news is deciding on the best approach to tackling data growth takes only 3 steps.
1. Know your data
This process starts with questions you should ask yourself like:
- Where has my data come from?
- What form is it in?
- What does it represent?
- How secure does it need to be?
- How fast do I need to access it?
Understanding the nature of your data will help you define your storage strategy and what to look for in a solution.
And don’t forget about unstructured data. This plays a big role in your vital information, often revealing the why behind the what, so it’s important to know if you want to combine structured information with unstructured information and what lets you do this.
2. Know your desired outcomes
Understanding your data will help you highlight what exactly is needed from a storage solution (or solutions). It could be to cater for storage growth, centralise data management, increase performance or make data available in the case of system failure – or a range of other reasons. Whatever is imperative for your organisation will provide the foundation and starting point for your journey to improved data storage and better business outcomes.
3. Find and implement the right solution
To steer you through the process of selecting the best storage solution for your business data, we’ve created an easy guide. In this guide we outline the key questions you need to ask around performance, resiliency and cost to help you transform how you store your information and achieve simplicity in the midst of data disorder.