Metadata Matters: Is your organization suffering from hoarder disorder?
Is your organization a hoarder? Many are. In their defense, many organizations don’t know what to save, what to archive, and what to just plain delete. What happens? They ignore the issue and feel the pain in litigation, eDiscovery, enterprise search, and even storage costs.
Many feel that the more information the better. But that brings up the problem of multiple sources of truth, redundant, and obsolete information being used to make business decisions. Oops is no way to make decisions.
As more organizations gain an understanding of auto-classification and metadata management technologies we can only hope for change. These tools can provide an understanding of information organizations can intelligently get rid of, documents that were never declared records, content to be archived, duplicate content, content that should be secured or is confidential, and just plain old information that is no longer needed.
Much of it is a matter of fear. Would you want to be responsible for deleting masses of data? Most likely not, even if you were 99.999% sure it was useless. Sooner or later the hoarder disorder may just come back and haunt these organizations.