5/29/2013 | Posted by Mike Alvarado, Overland Storage

Effective information and data management requires continual improvement. Today’s best practices and procedures were built over time. Yet, the only constant is change. Regularly updating, pruning and jettisoning practices is necessary for corporations to keep up with opportunities and challenges. In this regard, here are five data management traps and what to do about them.

1. Charge-back instead of charge-forward: IT has historically assessed charges after services have been rendered. IT needs to be more forward acting. How? By offering services like public service providers do. IT will need to clearly and transparently communicate the cost of services and Business Units will need to agree and even pay upfront for resources, actions and professional services.

2. Resource allocation: Resources have usually been viewed as being owned by IT. IT needs to get out of the business of fine-tuning resource consumption and instead make all resources available via self-service infrastructures that charge on demand.

3. Data management sinkholes: Data needs managing but as the expression goes, “Nothing is impossible for people who do not have to do it themselves.” IT has frequently labored at great cost and even to the detriment of meeting strategic initiatives to perform data management tasks like migration or record cleanups. IT has to evolve to enable and enforce having Business Units take on the responsibility for data management.

4. Server virtualization at all costs: Server virtualization is no panacea. Server virtualization can actually be harmful if virtual resource management ignores the real physical constraints or requirements of underlying technology.

5. Let data speak for itself: IT could dramatically benefit corporations by developing systems to better extract information from data. IT could provide a service where they serve as information curators to help Business Units make best use of information assets.