Why snowstorms and unstructured data have much in common

New England is only beginning to recover from this recent winter. We’re used to braving the elements, but with Boston receiving an all-time record of 108.6 inches of snow and our hometown of Nashua, N.H. following close behind, it was a tough season in various ways. During a blizzard, you expect to break out the shovel and anticipate travel delays due to road closures, but you’re never quite prepared for some challenges that can only reveal themselves as the result of a particular circumstance. How do you entertain your kids when they’ve barely been to school in two weeks? What happens if you drop your keys in a snow-covered backyard?

Unstructured data can accumulate within storage as quickly as snow can pile up on the street in front of your house. Worse, it can seem similarly inconsequential – at first. A few copies of documents and a misplaced file or two aren’t going to demand executive attention, and as a result, storage and IT pros can develop the bad habit of failing to manage and secure data at the point of storage. It’s only when they look back and attempt to find or control this data that a snowballing problem is revealed, and unfortunately, the prompt for that activity might be a much bigger threat, such as a compliance violation or third-party security breach.

The best way to get ahead of a growing data maelstrom is to become data-aware. Our latest SlideShare, “No matter what data storms you face, data-aware technology can help,” shares our tips for mining stored data to help visualize, recover and secure data insights in real time. Click through below to learn how to:

  • Improve and inform data governance programs
  • Identify data risks before they pose serious threats
  • Stop procrastinating, organize information and uncover useful data at the point of storage

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Jeff Boehm

Jeff Boehm

Jeff Boehm was the vice president of marketing at DataGravity for 2 years. Jeff brought more than 20 years of experience with a rare combination of marketing skills, organizational leadership and technical background to DataGravity, having shaped the BI and search markets working for industry pioneers and disrupters.