Governance Is Key to Quelling Device & Data Sprawl

By Tony Kontzer
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    Focus Shifts to Mobile

    The professionals surveyed expect that within two years their organization will target smartphones (66%) and tablets (64%) for governance more than any other devices.

In an era of device and data sprawl, concerns around IT governance are building. A recent survey from Forrester Research, commissioned by data governance vendor Druva, suggests that organizations will increase their focus on governance over the next two years as they try to get a handle on the growing use of mobile devices and cloud applications. Change is expected to occur all over: Mobile devices, apps and content will be looked at more closely; governance models and technologies will be beefed up; and, naturally, costs will increase. Given that other research from Forrester indicates that 20 percent of CIOs will lose their jobs by 2016 for failing to successfully implement information governance, it's no surprise that governance is getting more attention. "With the rise of the mobile workforce, organizations must establish strategies to govern not only corporate and employee-owned mobile devices, but also the multiple channels that are now required to make data available anywhere on any device," said Chandar Venkataraman, chief product officer at Druva. "The increase in complexity is staggering." The survey includes input from more than 200 IT and legal professionals from enterprises with at least 2,000 employees.

This article was originally published on 2015-02-09
Tony has been writing about the intersection of technology and business for more than 20 years and currently freelances from the Grass Valley, Calif., home where he and his wife are raising their two boys. A 1988 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism and regular contributor to Baseline since 2007, Tony's somewhat infrequent Twitter posts can be found at http://twitter.com/tkontzer.
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