UAE organisations struggle with 'dark' data

A recent study found that redundant, obsolete or trivial data has fallen substantially among UAE-based organisations
UAE organisations struggle with 'dark' data
According a study the company conducted on data hoarding, 48 percent of data in the UAE is dark, compared to 52 percent globally.
By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Thu 11 Oct 2018 10:55 AM

A large portion of data stored by organisations in the UAE is ‘dark’ data whose value has not yet been identified, according to a new report from Veritas Technologies.

According a study the company conducted on data hoarding, 48 percent of data in the UAE is dark, compared to 52 percent globally.

Clean data – which has been tagged or classified – has more than doubled from 8 percent in 2016 to 19 percent, leading to a significant reduction in redundant, obsolete or trivial (ROT) data, which fell from 43 percent to 33 percent in recent years.

“The UAE has been taking the lead in adopting advanced data management, which is reflected in the noticeable decrease we’ve seen in ROT data over the past two years,” said Damian Wilk, Veritas’ senior regional director for the Middle East.

“However, the large volume of dark data that persists in the UAE points to the fact that managing dark data is becoming a business-critical issue for organisations.”

Wilk added that “By identifying the value of such data, organisations can move towards faster decision-making, greater operational efficiency and increased productivity.”

The report also found that public sector entities carry the most burden with 42 percent redundant data, compared to industry (36 percent), finance (33 percent) and utilities (30 percent).

Additionally, on average, 52 percent of the data stored by organisations was found to be properly classified or tagged. Just over one in three (36) percent of organisations remove redundant data on a monthly basis.

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