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5 Key Steps for Defensible Disposition of Structured Data

Our friends at Information Governance Solutions (IGS) have started a blog series on the 5 key steps for Defensible Disposition of Structured Data. During this series they will discuss the business problem / challenges of managing structured data long-term and how a “Defensible Disposition of Structured Data” program can help organizations responsibly address those challenges in a most cost effective manner.

This article series is intended to generate awareness, discussion and hopefully some action within the Records Management / Information Governance profession to defensibly dispose of redundant and obsolete structured data. Structured data is commonly defined as data that resides within fixed fields such as relational databases, as opposed to unstructured data which is not relational and does not fit into pre-defined data models. At present there is very little, if any, active routine disposition of such data, which should include routine employment of archiving technology to reduce IT expenses.

So, why a blog on this topic at this time?

  • Cost savings are substantial;
  • Unstructured data is frequently ignored;
  • Little is understood about the issues;
  • IG Professionals need to understand and know how to manage it;
  • It is where many clients want to start addressing their IG challenges;
  • The subject is long overdue for discussion.

On the whole, there is a tremendously large value proposition for implementing “Defensible Disposition of Structured Data” with a very quick ROI, sometimes within as short as three months, resulting in the opportunity to propel your organization’s RM / IG Program to gain more attention and therefore more funding.

To see the article in its entirety as well as other posts by IGS, check out their blog here.

By Chris Caplinger

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