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Data bloat? Six ways you can trim fat for lean information governance in 2014

Doug Kaminski, Vice President – Actiance, Inc. | May 16, 2014
Just like the pounds that can creep up on us over the years if we're not careful, an enterprise can accumulate massive amounts of data. In fact, IDC predicts that enterprise data growth will average around 50% each year through 2016 and storage costs are expected to consume close to 20% of the typical IT budget in 2014.

#5: Set Goals. To keep the pace of data weight loss going, you have to set milestone goals. This will also provide the visible success checkpoints for stakeholders and your executive sponsor. Involve everyone in the process and provide rewards so you have positive reinforcement to keep and build the momentum.

#6: Change Behaviors. Once you take off the data weight, you need to change behaviors so your data stays lean and relevant. New sources of data can develop, such as integration of social media into workflow, so having good processes and technology in place to help make sure you don't start gaining volume again is important. With proper training, attitude, and a system in place that supports good data hygiene, you'll minimize the chance of gaining it back.

 

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