MIS Wars II: Attack of the Data{2}

by Brian T
A recent PC Mag article I discovered discussed information management systems and the plight of data storage/manipulation for today’s IT field.  The study cited stated that data volume is currently increasing at approximately 59% per year and that it costs companies triple the amount to store data as it does to attain it. The study analyst Mark Beyer asserts that “unstructured data” (data content) goes largely ignored despite it’s majority presence in organizations over structured data. He then goes on to say that information overload cannot be possible and it is up to those IT professionals to maintain control. Mr. Beyer also believes that there are 12 “dimensions” regarding the upkeep of data upon entering the 21st century’s information challenges: Perish-ability, Fidelity, Validation, Linking, Classification, Contracts, Technology, Pervasive Use, Velocity, Volume, Variety, and Complexity. (To see the appropriate logic regarding these dimensions, see the figure in the article).

One particular example Beyer used for solving this data management issue was to implement “logical data warehouses”. It basically would act as a support (not a replacement) for the current enterprise warehouse and would use virtualization to more evenly spread processing procedures. The author of the article Michael J. Miller points out that such a system would not involve purchasing costly software or system extensions – merely semantic tools to go in place on top of the already implemented system controls. A second suggested point made by both individuals is the need for attention to metadata and it’s own management system.

I originally didn’t understand what warranted all the concern for this particular issue. It wasn’t until I realized exactly how much data I use daily that it dawned on me why experts might be concerned about this from an IT perspective. Data is transmitted for absolutely everything and it all has to end up in one place or another. The MIS field should definitely be worried about such growth rates, but excited as well. Since necessity is the mother of invention, it’s seems perfectly possible for a data revolution to arise from these proceedings. Only time will tell, but it won’t belong before we are either sinking below or cruising atop the steadily rising tide of information.



Miller, M. (2011, October 19). Beyond big data: Gartner on “extreme” information management. Retrieved from http://forwardthinking.pcmag.com/show-reports/289401-beyond-big-data-gartner-on-extreme-information-management