Big Data is a blessing, not a curse.
For past few decades, unstructured data, comprised of e-mail, documents, files, multimedia, etc., have exploded in volume and little was done to manage it. In recent years, however, various solutions cropped up on an ad hoc basis to manage unstructured data for compliance, e-discovery and records management. They were deployed as isolated applications and created data “silos.”
Today, as unstructured data begins to dwarf all other types of “Big Data,” enterprises realize that these data silos now cause more problems than they solve. This is because of the three “sins” of silos: (1) duplicate data copies; (2) inconsistent search, since each silo had different search capabilities; and (3) disjointed retention, since each silo had different retention capabilities. Combined, these sins result in loss of data control. So, for example, when corporate counsel swears in court that the evidence produced is complete and relevant, it stems more from wishful thinking than confidence.
These sins of silos can only be absolved by unifying all data and applications into one unique system, the ZL Unified Archive® (ZL UA®), which offers one data copy, one search, and one control point for retention policies.
ZL Unified Archive®® Delivers Corporate eMemory™
Going further, the ZL UA® then leverages its unified architecture to enable massive scaling to manage tens of billions of documents with advanced search capabilities which can intelligently mine practically all human communications contained within the enterprise. We call this Corporate eMemory™. It allows the enterprise to convert its existing IT assets into a strategic resource – to harness all the collective knowledge and memories of its employees, past and present, across the enterprise.
Sample Use Cases of Corporate eMemory™ include:
- Knowledge Management. Find the experts at a particular task or event, including retirees.
- Governance. Find problematic or non-compliant behavior early.
- CRM. Perform sentiment analysis on communications to fine-tune offerings.
- Shared R&D. Share R&D across enterprise divisions and avoid duplicative efforts.
- Internal Investigations. Launch investigations into any corner of the enterprise and get results within minutes.
The possible uses for Corporate eMemory™ is just beginning. Its full value can perhaps be extrapolated by the rhetorical question:
“What is the value of your memory to you?”