As technologies advance, businesses are finding more and more ways to generate data and they’re finding more and more ways to capture the data that used to get lost in the shuffle between technologies. In fact, there’s not enough business data storage available, businesses face a new problem: Where do we put all of this data?
Many of the technologies that produce data are based in the cloud to one degree or another. According to ZDNet, you can have IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service), SaaS (Software as a Service), MaaS (Monitoring as a Service), and XaaS (anything as a Service). These services often host the data they produce in their clouds, in which case the storage, processing, and reporting of data is part of the service. When you have a technology that generates data not covered by such a service, you’re left with two options: You can dump it or you can store your business data.
Believe it or not, there is some business data that you can dump. Even though this is the era of big data, or so we’re told, many businesses have no way to process and use all of the data they generate. Unless you suspect that you will be able to use the data in the future, you’re better off dumping it. Just take care that the business data you are dumping is not relevant to and necessary for the data sets you intend to use.
Much of the data your technologies generate consist of data sets that you will want to use. Even if you lack the processing capacity to use this data at the moment, you don’t want to lose the ability to use this data in the future. It’s much more difficult — and sometimes impossible — to recreate data than it is to store it. You cannot track trends, uncover resources, or find new opportunities without data. The more business data you retain, the more possibilities you can discover.
The biggest challenge for most businesses is how to make storing all this data feasible. Most businesses do not have the servers or the IT specialists storing massive amounts of data requires. The costs of do-it-yourself data storage are prohibitive, so they dump far more of their business data than they should. They lose the opportunity to process and mine their data for additional opportunities, even when they discover — at some point in the future — that there is a service available that could have assisted them in finding the gems buried in their data. Once the data is gone, the opportunities hidden within the data are gone, too.
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