Reimagining a Future of Superior Data Management
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Reimagining a Future of Superior Data Management

By CIOReview | Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Data increasingly is seen as a corporate asset that can be used to make more-informed business decisions, improve marketing campaigns, optimize business operations and reduce costs, all with the goal of increasing revenue and profits.

Fremont, CA: Software developers and data professionals go to work, so do software engineers, programmers, data scientists, plus a whole army of professionals get in the car, bus, or metro and go to work daily. And then spend the rest of their day in a Dilbert-style cubicle, and usually quite happily.

But now, as we look towards 2022, things have changed, and many more of us are now working from home. This means that we will need to evaluate the causes for digital roadblocks because of highly-scattered teams.

So, what is the risk of dark data?

The risk for organizations now looking to create effective work practices in this new era of remote working is - dark data, i.e., those information silos where a company fails to have full knowledge. Not knowing the data contents, its location, owner, and access history are some prime obstacles. Most data residing in backup, file services, and object storage are exempt from proper classification, indexing, and tracking. Such volumes of data give no real competitive advantage; instead, they result in a rise in storage costs and privacy and compliance issues.

What are some data modernization techniques?

But, if organizations properly administer their data, many of these problems can be tackled, such as focusing on building cohesive platforms, for example, data fabrics. By using capabilities such as graph technologies and semantic standards, along with solutions such as ETL, ELT, and augmented data management, such cohesive platforms can be constructed. Also, leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) technologies will enable recommending actions, auto-discovery of metadata, and auto-monitoring of governance controls. Besides, other next-gen solutions specialize in advanced foundational layering, think file immutability, and write-once-ready-many (WORM) capabilities. Such issues can be handled better. These tools can monitor and observe unusual activities, user-permission changes, and unexpected volume increases.

It's standard industry advice to adopt the 3-2-1 rule, which states that one must have at least three copies of data, which consists of the original production data copy, and two backups. 

Though data management can seem like a Sisyphean task that never allows an organization to see the light of day, the future is not quite that dark. There will always be the potential for dark data to be created, but we can take steps to clear some of the pathways inside this tunnel. Now that the tunnel itself includes a secured, managed, and backed-up connection to the home office, we need to clear out the cobwebs and watch out for the spiders.