Don’t Be a Data Hoarder: Without a Proper Migration Plan, Vital Content Will Disappear Into a Warehouse

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There’s a scene at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark that will forever maintain its maddening status: Indiana Jones, after shepherding the Ark of the Covenant back home, is told by the U.S. government that “top men are working on it.” One of the most eye-twitching scenes in film history unfolds next: It shows the legendary Ark disappearing into a nameless box, the box walked into a sea of similar looking boxes and, then, ultimately disappearing into a massive, overstuffed warehouse. It’s a perfect metaphor for aging legacy systems: The Ark of the Covenant is the old data archival strategy before employing a forward-thinking social and web collection platform.


The web, like
Raiders’ warehouse filled with nameless boxes, is flooding with apps and more content than anyone could have imagined. In a handful of decades, it may be possible to download our minds into machines. In the meantime, social media and team messaging-ware evolves--they’re stacking up like the newspapers in a hoarders’ home. As the stack grows, it becomes more and more essential to enact a strategy that evolves with it. The last thing a growing company wants is to come face-to-face with terrifying hoarder bugs.

Forrester data in 2014 illuminated some key trends: Maintenance and operating the organization, systems, and equipment (MOOSE) average roughly 70% of the average tech budget. As Aashish Dhamdhere opines, “Cost moves from the implementation column into the maintenance and infrastructure column. As the cost of implementation spending shrinks under a SaaS model, the cost of maintenance and operations spending rises.” Cloud, he reports, will increase MOOSE spending as it becomes more and more relevant.

In other words, employing a sound data migration and preservation strategy, like Hanzo’s toolkit, is no longer about the cost of “keeping the lights on.” It’s not that simple. It’s about creating a fully functioning, modern digital library. It’s about taking that warehouse full of boxes and making them instantly searchable. Imagine your data, once migrated, to be fully tagged. Actually, more specifically, imagine a platform that automates, thanks to the glories of artificial intelligence, the collection for you.

Why is it essential?

Data is no longer living in a linear way--it’s everywhere and anywhere, mellifluously populated over Slack, over Sharepoint, over social media. It’s not on a timeline anymore; Data isn’t living in the past, present and future. It’s living on all planes at once, and everywhere: A tweet from five years ago can become instantly reIevant now (see the host of politicians deleting old tweets). It’s quite literally a cloud. It makes data migration and collection, accomplished with 100% legally defensibility like Hanzo, not only a smart investment, but a vital one as technology exponentially flourishes.

The Statistics Don't Lie

Take these stats in: From the Pew Research Center’s 2017 Social Media Fact Sheet, “When Pew Research Center began tracking social media adoption in 2005, just 5% of American adults used at least one of these platforms. By 2011 that share had risen to half of all Americans, and today 69% of the public uses some type of social media.”

It’s essential because the threads of our complex, digital lives splay out everyday, with each new device and internal CMS and team management tool. It means that our ability to collect this work needs be as smart and searchable as the work itself. They shouldn’t be growing dust in a heap of useless drives (how much was the government paying for the warehouse the ark was in, anyway?).

Imagine the proliferation of one platform: Email. The number of email accounts in existence is expected to increase from 6.32 billion accounts in 2017 to over 7.71 billion accounts by 2021. Furthermore, the report highlights the growth in volume of legitimate emails sent and received per hour - approximately 3,104,450,712. Yes, per hour.

Stunning statistics beg for action: The longer the wait, the more data proliferates. Hanzo provides solutions for enterprise platforms, and backs it up with a legally defensible guarantee. If technology is a rapid incline that doubles, leaving a wake of obsolete investments in its past, end of life compliance should be able to innovate what’s in the wake. In other words, investment in preserving our digital past, from app to app, should be as innovative and entrepreneurial as the rising need for our cloud future.

Who would argue that in the 2017 version of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones would be able to write “ark of the covenant” into his platform’s search engine and see the detailed history of where history landed?

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