How to Gain Control of Your Company's Content

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 06-12-2017 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    How to Gain Control of Your Company's Content

    Organizations are dealing with a staggering amount of content these days. Find out how the IT organizations can help manage it more effectively.
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    Growth Spurt
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    Growth Spurt

    Half of the survey respondents said the volume of unstructured data stored by their organization has increased by more than 10% over the last 24 months, and 60% of them said their company stores 100TBs or more of unstructured data.
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    Top Content Management Challenges
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    Top Content Management Challenges

    Providing secure content access for the extended enterprise: 32%, Meeting expanding regulatory and compliance demands: 32%, Limiting flexibility due to the presence of legacy storage systems: 29%, Accessing and managing content on disparate business systems: 29%
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    Juggling Act

    93% of the survey respondents said their organization is using multiple repositories to store content, and 31% said they manage five or more different content management systems.
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    Big Picture
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    Big Picture

    86% said that a single-system view of content throughout multiple repositories, databases and file systems would improve their ability to manage content.
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    Top Tools, Part I

    56% said they use enterprise apps to manage content, and 52% said they use enterprise content management apps.
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    Top Tools, Part II

    43% said they use file shares to manage content, and 41% said they use in-house developed apps and document collaboration apps.
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    Ubiquitous Access
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    Ubiquitous Access

    85% of the survey respondents would like to make it possible for users to access content from anywhere using any device.
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    Flex Time

    84% want the flexibility to store content in public, private and hybrid environments.
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    Agnostic Approach

    84% of the survey respondents said they'd like to be able to manage any content type, regardless of size or origin.
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    Forecast: More Clouds

    56% said their company uses cloud-based systems for at least some of their content management needs, and 34% plan to do so over the next 12 to 24 months.
 

With the volume of unstructured data growing by the day, an increasing number of organizations are assessing their current enterprise content management (ECM) strategies and practices to overcome multiple challenges, according to a recent survey conducted by Forrester Consulting for ASG Technologies. The accompanying report, "Today's Enterprise Content Demands a Modern Approach," states that companies are struggling to provide secure content that meets expanding regulatory and compliance demands. Many also must deal with legacy systems that limit ECM flexibility. Consolidation presents an issue as well, given that many survey respondents said they work with five or more different content systems. Among other IT-enabled improvements, they would like a single-system view of content throughout multiple repositories, databases and file systems. "Volumes of unstructured data stores are growing, while users simultaneously desire and expect access to information wherever and whenever it is needed," said Swamy Viswanathan, chief product officer and executive vice president, ASG Technologies. "To manage that, enterprises must implement flexible content services architectures that enable well-developed processes and procedures, no matter where information is stored." A total of 220 IT, enterprise architecture and operations decision-makers who are involved with content management took part in the research.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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