Data Governance Efforts Continue to Lag

By Michael Vizard  |  Posted 12-02-2013 Email

While there's always been a lot of concern about how data is governed, a new survey suggests a significant gap exists between the level of concern and organizations’ actual plans to implement data governance as part of a larger compliance strategy. A new survey of 454 IT executives conducted by Rand Secure Data finds that while organizations are facing more compliance regulations, their investments in backup, archiving and e-Discovery technologies continues to lag behind. One reason for this, of course, is the popularity of applications, which are also competing for a slice of the IT budget. It's a lot easier for CIOs to justify a return on an application that clearly adds value to the business compared to investing in what many executives perceive to be largely an IT maintenance activity. The positive news from the Rand Secure Data survey is that with the rise of big data, companies’ digital records are increasingly being valued as an asset. As companies begin to tap the value of those assets, the need for better data governance tools should become more apparent.

Mike Vizard has been covering IT issues in the enterprise for 25 years as an editor and columnist for publications such as InfoWorld, eWeek, Baseline, CRN, ComputerWorld and Digital Review.


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