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When Data Joins The Dark Side
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8/11/2014 | 11:21:22 AM
E-discovery (with an eye to legal protection)  has been an issue for two decades. Are cloud storage services making it any easier to manage?
User Rank: Author
8/11/2014 | 11:52:14 AM
Ending the Silos
Many organizations are dark, as you describe it, because of the silos you mention. Now recognizing the value, costs, and legal protections consolidation create, many organizations are slowly but surely pulling together their data repositories. It's challenging, but the payoffs -- as those who have accomplished the task often can attest to -- are many and rich.

On the consumer side, I'm sure we can all recall instances where our data is housed multiple times within a business. Often, that results in multiple emails/calls/letters, sometimes using different information. Multiply that across millions of people and that saving alone adds up. On the legal front, not knowing what you have (and, therefore, being unable to correctly secure it at times) is a hazard for many industries.
David F. Carr
David F. Carr,
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8/11/2014 | 5:15:20 PM
Information hoards that are "needlessly large"
Isn't the point of big data technology that it's possible to hoard data more greedily and tease useful information ot of it? Maybe you want to root out duplication or reduce the amount of data that adds liaibility without any compliance-oriented justification for retaining it. But if there is some potential value left in the information, don't you want to be a hoarder these days?
User Rank: Moderator
8/12/2014 | 1:55:02 AM
Re: E-discovery
The challenges are obvious. Dark data does raise eDiscovery cost where the organization if in litiffation, reviewing the case can only increase eDiscovery costs. It also consumers resources in IT a great deal. This can be time consuming and stressful for IT personnel given they may have to restore or identify files which are hard to locate.
User Rank: Apprentice
8/12/2014 | 11:13:06 AM
what about common sense
If data is collected and not used, shouldn't the first reaction be to stop collecting it?

This seems to go against the Big Data "goal" of collecting everything and trying to find something (or possibly anything). But it may be a lot more costly to keep data for which there is little to no value considering this dark data may get stolen stolen (since it is dark data, would you even know the data was stolen?) resulting in potential legal fines and loss of trust (i.e. loss of customers, investors, partners).
User Rank: Ninja
8/15/2014 | 11:04:21 AM
Silos and lack of strategy
As another commenter posted, silos are a serious contributing factor to organizations accumulating dark data.  However as a recent IDG SAS survey showed, the surprisingly hack lack of a data strategy plays a key role here as well. Without a serious understanding of what you want to get out of data - and an understanding of how to do it, data will fail to fully realize its potential. 


Peter Fretty
User Rank: Strategist
8/23/2014 | 2:25:08 AM
Re: Silos and lack of strategy
So true. Using data without a long term vision for where it can be used, metrics and analysis which can be incurred and a proper data strategy just means one thing - plenty of blind spots and chaos. The price for acquiring such data which isn't even stale , but dead/dark data is often paid by IT data strategy personnel (though the cost is billed on the company). You need a tool like HAVEN to make more sense of it (goo.gl/HFdxfV)

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