So…Who is Afraid of Cloud Migration?

Cloud Migration Fears

Despite the widespread adoption of Cloud computing and the wholesale migration of organisations’ Data to the Cloud, there are still a number of fears that slow down the march of Cloud adoption somewhat and can restrict the options for Data Managers.

Depending on which analyst firm you ask or which Tech blog you read, the opinions are divided sharply on whether Cloud will completely conquer or the balance will steady out over time in terms of those who remain committed to on-Premise. Either way, there are a number of concerns that are hindering the ease of Cloud migration projects at the moment and we run the rule over their validity. In Part 1 of our Cloud Migration series, we take a look at the Top 5 challenges.

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GDPR Guide for Data Projects

GDPR Step-by-Step Guide

With the GDPR right on the horizon, many of the conversations we are having are based around the management of Data to achieve compliance. Organisations are running out of time to get to grips with their Data – the part they know about at least. The biggest problem that customers have encountered during these projects is that there is a lot of Data that is not easily found or managed, residing outside of CRM or similar systems. This is called Unstructured Data and it has proven to be close to impossible to manage without the right guide and tools.

Step-by-step

To assist your Data project, we have produced a simple, easy-to-follow guide for Unstructured Data under GDPR.
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GDPR – What Happens in June?

GDPR in June?

Scrolling down through LinkedIn’s newsfeed this morning, a picture of a crying consultant with a tagline of “What happens to all the GDPR Consultants in June?” jumped off the page. The implication being made is that there are a lot of consultants who are solely focused on GDPR and without it as a call to arms, they will be empty-handed in June. Furthermore, where will you be left as a client of one of these consultancies? The GDPR world ends for everybody on May 25th, no?

Data Manager sitting on June timebomb
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Dark Data – Insight for ROI

What is Dark Data?

Gartner defines Dark Data as “the information assets organisations collect, process and store during regular business activities, but generally fail to use for other purposes”. Normally, it accumulates out of sight – hence the “Dark” moniker – and will not be useful to the bottom line as long as it resides there. Because of where it lives and the nature of its origin, most organisations are completely unaware of its existence. So how can you possibly have a chance of monetizing or deriving value from Dark Data?

Digging up Valuable Data
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Just How Big is Big Data?

Size Matters

When we discuss “Big Data” these days, it can be difficult to translate an exact understanding of what size the quantity of Data represents to stakeholders outside of the IT or Data Management circle. The Terabyte (TB) and Petabyte(PB) have now become the common currency of Data Managers’ lives, where just a few years ago, Gigabytes (GB) were as large as it got. Everything in the Data Management world is scaling massively, exponentially, and most of all – relentlessly. As long as daily business is carried on online, Data will continue to soar in volume and size.

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From Unstructured Data to Unlimited Opportunity

Hidden Opportunity

There is a perception that Unstructured Data is a problem – a huge mass of email and file Data unexamined in a repository, growing daily as a result of doing business online. The truth is that it can be a significant concern for Data Managers if they cannot see where it resides, what comprises it and how to make a plan to manage it. But what about the untapped opportunity in this Unstructured Data set? Imagine if it could be analysed, managed and monetised – how would it transform your business?

Money from Data
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GDPR and the US

US GDPR Awareness

Recently, Waterford Technologies conducted a survey of our clients in the EMEA region and the findings were shocking in terms of GDPR awareness and getting the projects to address their Data off the ground. Some of the discussions we have had with US clients, since then, revealed an even more stark lack of knowledge on the measure – principally because they had not even considered that it might apply to them. After all it is an EU regulation, right?

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Changing the eDiscovery Mindset

Reactive Mindset

At present, eDiscovery is centred around production of vast quantities of emails and file records as quickly as possible for a legal engagement. The entire mindset is purely reactive and organisations are trying to perform searches of their Data without existing adequate management – in some cases none at all – and delaying the outputs or including results that should have long been deleted or properly archived. This is costly, both in terms of time and bottom line and may have negative impacts in how quickly they can respond to cases.

eDiscovery Mindset
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Could You Handle a DSAR Right Now?

DSAR – What is it?

At present, a Data Subject Access Request (DSAR) is a demand from an individual to an organisation to produce a copy of all the Data that the organisation holds on them. The individual must make a written request and pay a fee.  The individual must then be informed about any personal data being processed, a description of the personal data and the reasons it is being processed, whether it will be given to any other party, and given a copy of the Data.

In most cases you must respond to a subject access request promptly and in any event within 40 calendar days of receiving it.
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