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While most companies are aware of the importance of information governance (IG), many do not have insight or control over employee-produced data, according to a recent survey from Acaveo and Osterman Research.

They surveyed more than 100 organizations that stored an average 20 TB of unstructured data and found that only 37% of them regularly audited the amount of data employees or business units produce. Just 35% said they had a budget in place to deal with unstructured data challenges.

Overall, while many companies admitted to struggling with governing unstructured data, only half of the surveyed companies said they have an IG program in place to help deal with it.

But they do understand the importance, as 70% cited regulatory risks and 66% cited the need to avoid any data risks as reasons to adopt an IG program. In addition, 75% of respondents noted the savings IG can bring to storage costs. Other findings include:

* 55% of organizations perform regular file share cleanup exercises.

* 40% of organizations have a "defensible deletion" program in place.

* Of the companies that have an IG program, 75% justify the program based on storage costs.

Notably, the survey predicts that the proportion of unstructured data stored in-house will increase from 22% currently to 25% in just two years, while cloud storage will comprise a bit less than half of an organization's information repositories in at least five years.

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Title Annotation:INFO GOV PROGRAMS
Publication:Information Management Journal
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2016
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