Dealing with Information Overload

In today’s business environment, one of the biggest challenges an organization faces is information overload—especially where e-mail is concerned. Companies are finding that too much money and resources are being wasted managing e-mail on desktops; provisioning, configuring, and maintaining servers and storage; and attempting to manually respond to compliance needs.

Information overload impacts everyone: Employees must keep up with their ever-growing in-boxes; IT tries to minimize storage costs, increase data security, and enhance the performance of applications; and compliance and legal departments struggle to determine the value of each e-mail message, instant message, or word document to meet internal and external regulations and electronic discovery requests.

With analysts estimating that the amount of electronic information is growing by 60% year-over-year, an effective information management and archiving strategy is critical to achieving your business objectives.

A company’s intellectual property lives everywhere so it’s important to create an e-mail and information management policy that addresses the security of that information, ensures information is retained and accessible when needed, and puts into place a comprehensive archive strategy to keep in-boxes from overflowing and servers from crashing. Meeting these requirements will not only address the needs of individual departments but will also drive significant benefits for the company as a whole.

Whitney Tidmarsh Chief Marketing Officer for Content Management & Archiving EMC Hopkinton, Mass.

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