Today’s enterprise is filled with volumes of information, with more constantly generated by employees, suppliers, partners and customers every minute. The enterprise stores this information in everything from databases to content management applications, from data warehouses to departmental file servers, and even on individual employees’ hard drives.
While all these repositories make it easier to access information, their disparate nature makes it hard to analyze the information. The enterprise must be able to identify problems or potential areas for innovation. In order to do this , there must be an an overarching structure for data, which makes it possible to see patterns or trends.
This article with CIO magazine outlines the challenges businesses face with information management.