The Data Deluge: The Growth of Unstructured Data
Conclusions: The volume of digital data created and storage by organisations continues to grow exponentially, typically anywhere from 30%-60% per annum. For most organisations this level of digital data growth is not new, however what is different is that growth is now being driven by unstructured data.
Over the last 20 years organisations have made significant investments to deal with structured data, resulting in well managed structured information that supports and drives the business. On the other hand few organisations have invested similarly in unstructured data (e.g., e-mail, faxes, and documents) and many organisations are now finding the growth in unstructured data is a significant business problem.
To cope with the data growth over the next 10 years, organisations must learn to deal as effectively with unstructured data as they do today with structured data.