Why are you migrating, old, never used, content?
According to a survey conducted at the 2012 CGOC Conference, “approximately 69 percent of the data most organizations keep can—and should—be deleted”.
If the above is true, organizations are carrying around a lot of baggage. With unstructured, or semi-structured content, I know for a fact that my laptop is filled with items that can be deleted. I have had to resort to search to find anything anymore, where once, I knew exactly where something was filed. The problem at the organization level, is there are “me’s” all over that are saving content that is no longer valid or needed. It no longer has any long-term strategic value. Once a valuable asset, it can now become a liability.
As it applies to migration, if I was told to clean-up my content, despite the fact that I can’t find anything anymore, I would be distraught. As a result, it will most likely be migrated. What’s the result? The migration is certainly accomplishing the objective, but the organization is still left with higher storage costs, and more importantly, useless information that still can’t be found.
It seems rather brutal to delete really a bunch of garbage, but if done correctly, the moving of content that has intelligence behind it and the ability to instantaneously improve search becomes an ROI that can be achieved through the migration.
How do you separate the wheat from the chaff?