Cloud and Information Governance are Not Mutually Exclusive

<Syndicated from my CGOC blog>

Overuse is a word that people often think of when the term cloud is mentioned. Over the past several years it has been thrown around by IT and business practitioners, as well as vendors, as though the cloud holds all the answers. Today, we see more pragmatism about the benefits of the cloud and where it can be best put to use. The term not often mentioned or associated with cloud is information governance. This is especially true when discussing public cloud services; however, the private cloud is proving to deliver some very unique information governance capabilities. An interesting example can be found in how the NSA is using its private cloud.

An article published by NetworkWorld, Exclusive: Inside the NSA’s Private Cloud, describes how the federal agency is leveraging the private cloud to improve costs, efficiency and even information governance. It has long been my perspective that a cloud infrastructure is well suited for this, and the article illustrates that the NSA is recognizing its significant value. They are benefiting from cost savings public cloud providers such as Amazon and Apple have enjoyed leveraging commodity hardware. It also affords the NSA economies of scale through sharing services, which reduces expenditures on space, power and cooling. However, that’s not necessarily the most beneficial part of the NSA private cloud. Continue reading

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Information and Data: Virtual Assets with Tangible Future Benefits

(Syndicated from my CGOC blog)

The theme for a recent CGOC executive meeting held in New York had the theme of treating information as an asset that needs to be managed based on its value. When it comes to information governance, many of the attendees at CGOC events are practitioners in industries such as financial services & banking, oil & gas, insurance, manufacturing and the like. Perceiving and managing information/data as an asset isn’t necessarily natural for such organizations, especially when it comes to historical or archived elements. That’s beginning to change with the emergence of Big Data and analytics, and it’s worth taking a brief look at an industry that has always approached its information and data as assets, media & entertainment. Continue reading

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Dark Data: Time to Take Action Now

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dark_data-security,2-4-374620-13Over the next two years, nearly 60% of professionals are making analytic strategies and tools top priorities according to Forrester Research’s “The State of Digital Customer Experience.” And that’s not surprising considering organizations across all industries now want to make sure they are extracting maximum value from their data. But in order to get the maximum benefit from analytics, organizations must finally address their “dark data”. So what exactly is dark data? Continue reading

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Information Tai Chi

taichi1One of the objectives of tai chi as a martial art for self defense is to gently absorb the force of an aggressor and guide the energy away or turn it against him.  It could also be stated as using that energy to benefit the tai chi master.  The massive number of constant data streams our senses are attacked with every day (individually and organizationally), which I described in a previous post (Driven to Distraction: Insatiable Information Input), is demonstrating the need for a similar skill.  It is the ability to effortlessly absorb the information, determine what should be guided away and what has value (energy) and can be used for our benefit. Continue reading

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Driven to Distraction: Insatiable Information Input

Perhaps the FIFO (first-in-first-out) method applies to one’s ability to retain information, or lose it with the constant bombardment of ever more coming in all the time. Maybe the sitcom “Married With Children” was prescient in the episode where Al fills Kelly’s head with sports facts and old trivial information that was in there is jettisoned, or first out.

In all seriousness though, there was a recent report on one of the cable news networks about the increase in ADHD diagnosed in children over the past ten years.  It referred to an article in the New York Times indicating that a CDC study showed the rate of kids between the ages of 4 and 17 being diagnosed with ADHD has jumped 41% over the past ten years.  This started me wondering what the impact of the always-on, always-connected, content-everywhere lifestyle might be as a contributing factor.  There is a near-infinite number of information streams flowing continuously 24 hours a day. Continue reading

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