Most enterprise data remains ‘at rest’. Is that bad thing? Well that depends on what that data is. Most companies only know their data at a high level. An example of this is they have finance database or the marketing file share. We know what should be in there. Can we take advantage of what’s in there? Databases tend to be highly managed and well organized, but your NAS (network attached storage) is probably not in that same shape. In fact, because 90% of your employees are not “IT” related, they have no constant rhyme or reason for how their files and data are stored.
CDO’s and the business units they work with have a constant challenge of evaluation and taking action on that evaluation. As business changes and new needs are brought in, the evaluation and landscape of data zones will need to be reconsidered. The ability to work with Data Stewards and have that translated to the Data Specialists is key. The abilities of an organization to manage through the constant change are what set them apart.