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IDC Survey Report suggests companies are failing to get full value from their data because of departmental approaches to data management

IT leaders in Malaysia agree with the rest of APAC that data siloes present a major security risk, but they also consider that siloes increase the burden on IT and hinder productivity and collaboration across departments. This was one of the key findings from a new IDC survey and whitepaper, commissioned by Commvault, and announced on 21 July 2015.

A survey of 600 IT decision makers across Asia Pacific and India aimed at better understanding how they can leverage data as a strategic asset, while minimising cost and risks, the survey results prove indicative of the common data management issues that organisations are facing around the world.

40 percent of IT decision makers across APAC report that backup, recovery, data protection and analytics strategies are still managed at a departmental level.

The findings, specifically around how disparate data management leads to increased costs and risk, echo the overarching concerns of CIOs globally. CIOs are in a prime position to prevent such issues and deploy the necessary solutions to set their organisations up for data management success.

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Other key findings of the IDC survey include:

1. The top two data management challenges for APAC and Malaysia alike include demand for easier and faster data retrieval and exponential growth and complexity of data.

  • Organisations in Singapore consider demand for faster, easier data retrieval (86 percent) as the biggest challenge. This is a shift from 12 months ago where these two rankings were reversed;
  • Indonesia ranks firstly demand for faster, easier data retrieval (92 percent), followed by budgetary pressures (88 percent);
  • Organisations in Thailand consider budgetary pressures (52 percent) as the primary challenge, which was ranked by APAC as a whole as 4th biggest challenge.

2. 40 percent of IT decision makers across APAC report that backup, recovery, data protection and analytics strategies are still managed at a departmental level.

  • Nearly a third (26 percent) of Malaysian businesses pointed towards the trend of keeping data management and analytics strategies at a departmental level as causing these data silos. This siloed data management has resulted in a number of fundamental issues for IT teams, with 23 percent stating security was a prime concern, as compared with 29 percent for APAC as a whole.

Freddie SoonAccording to Freddie Soon, Country Manager, Malaysia for Commvault, the report findings validate the necessity for speed and scale when it comes to managing business critical information.

“CIOs around the world face a common problem: their data management silos are creating bottlenecks that result in missed opportunities and prevent organisations from achieving the full value of their data as a powerful, strategic asset,” says Soon. “By taking a more integrated approach to data management, they are able to more easily leverage new and more open technology like the cloud, while increasing information security.”

The issues of data silos are highlighted by the shift towards what IDC calls the “3rd Platform,” where businesses are increasingly focused on taking holistic views of their data in order to effectively make informed business decisions.

The 3rd Platform approach presents significant opportunities for businesses to drive future growth and innovation and reinforces the risks in the departmental approach to data management.

The issues of data silos are highlighted by the shift towards what IDC calls the “3rd Platform,” where businesses are increasingly focused on taking holistic views of their data in order to effectively make informed business decisions.

Daniel-Zoe Jimenez, Senior Program Manager, Big Data, Analytics, Enterprise Applications & Social from IDC says, “In the 3rd Platform era, becoming a data-driven organisation is no longer a choice, but a necessity. Making decisions based on data-driven approaches not only increases the accuracy of results, but also provides consistency in how the results are interpreted and fed back into the business. This necessary shift in the way data is stored, managed and analysed requires organisations to move from departmental (or siloed) approaches when managing their data assets to an integrated data-driven culture.”

The survey and whitepaper, entitled “The Data-Driven Organisation: Unlocking Greater Value from Data and Minimising its Associated Costs and Risks,” covered 10 countries: Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and India. Download the survey and whitepaper.

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