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User Data Management (UDM) deals with the challenges and opportunities related to unstructured, user-generated data. Using a technically and organizationally integrated solution providing insight and control facilitates the efficient management of user data in a controlled, consistent and defensible manner.

Accelerating Adoption of User Data Management

The number of organizations seeking to introduce pro-active user data management practices is rapidly increasing. Driving factors include an increasingly threatening regulatory environment, the mounting need for organizations to make full use of the data they generate, and a steady stream of high-profile data loss incidents.

KPMG write about how user data management is helping organizations deal with mounting pressure from the regulatory environment – applicable to all industries, but a major consideration for heavily regulated sectors such as finance and healthcare.
Forrester and KPMG write about the growing importance of data governance; delivering more dynamic and higher quality data into decision making processes.
CIO Magazine writes about the dangers posed by Dark Data; legal, regulatory, intelligence, and reputational risks as well as opportunity costs and the threat of open-ended exposure.
The Compliance, Governance, and Oversight Council focuses in on the importance of data management in transformation activities; the incorporation of cloud and collaboration elements into the file service catalog.
Gartner cites the continued acceleration of data growth, driven by a ‘Nexus of Forces’, as a major source of data security and compliance risk; requiring changes in the organizational culture itself.
Cap Gemini explains why organizations that are successfully ensuring regulatory compliance are doing so via cross-functional data management.

By proactively managing user data; making the use of logical frameworks an integrated component of working practices, organizations are able to deliver on critical business needs and realize sustainable value.

Cross-Functional Needs & Benefits

Specific needs exist within different functions of the organization and the benefits of satisfying these needs present themselves in different ways.

Curb inefficient file service use
From CDO and Data Compliance teams to individual employees, a well structured and efficiently used file service offers benefits throughout the organization.
Improve compliance and data protection
Making regulatory compliance and data protection a part of the organizational fabric is proven as an efficient solution to these fundamental needs.
Manage data throughout its lifecycle
Primarily the responsibility of a Records Management or Information Lifecycle Governance team but delivering value across multiple organizational processes.
Distribute costs of file service use
For the Finance and IT functions of the organization, an automated method of billing for service use delivers a powerful motivator for organizational change.
Transform file storage into file service
Needs-aligned and self-service; shifting the role of IT into a business enabler, creating financial transparency, and enhancing user experience.

Northern is focused on delivering integrated solutions to compliance, governance, protection and efficiency challenges presented by the prolific creation and retention of unstructured data.

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