Sunday, June 19, 2005

data cutbacks

Four rules for cutting back the data you keep.

  1. Determine what info you collect. Audit all sources and forms of data you gather. Make sure there is a business reason for each.
  2. Protect sensitive data. Determine what employees or customer information you absolutely need; then, enhance the security around the most important, critical information.
  3. Prepare for the long haul. You can't flip a switch and instantly stop packing away data. Getting more selective will take years.
  4. Get thick skin. Debates on what to minmize will be fierce. What you view as a liability is another department's future revenue generator.

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