Big data = big chaos

Everything relating to information management is changing, says Charl Joubert, Datacentrix Business Solutions division MD, with social media, smart mobile devices and new collaboration tools, such as Microsoft SharePoint, creating a “big data” explosion.

The concept of “big data” is set to alter the relationship of data to information consumption forever, he explains. “Amidst all of this transformation, there is one certainty: it will be mandatory – not optional – for organisations to plan information management strategies to absolutely address and embrace these trends.”

“According to Gartner and IDC, employees within an organisation generate more than 3GB of data each year and this is set to increase by more than 600 percent over the next five years. The effect of this is that 30 percent of a typical working day will be spent looking for information or documents, meaning that a company with 1,000 employees could spend around R40 million in lost productivity.

“Many organisations are hoping that a combination of knowledge workers, innovation and better access to information and expertise will get them through the current recession and into the next economy. Not only is this forcing business to be leaner than ever, but it is also stressing the need for a concise, accessible view of information in order to stay productive amid the constant challenge of information overload.”

These requirements, together with the New Companies Act and the King III Report, are creating a greater focus on governance and risk management and how companies manage their information, processes and documents than ever before. This is known today as Enterprise Information Management (EIM).

“The impact on the IT environment is that it now needs to boost productivity, create value with automation, reduce costs and simplify the environment for end users,” Joubert explains.

“The Datacentrix Business Solutions division has carried out extensive market research on how best to achieve this and has found a key area to help drive these aspects with local companies, taking particular consideration of how much is spent on the licensing, support, training and maintenance of various tools for content and document management, workflow, reporting and collaboration.”

In order to deliver what it believes to be the most complete EIM solution on the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Platform, Datacentrix Business Solutions has partnered with Nintex, Panorama and ecspand.

“Nintex, a leading SharePoint workflow company, with more than 3,000 customers in 90 countries, has just signed a partnership agreement with Datacentrix Business Solutions, while Panorama has partnered with the company for several years now, delivering BI solutions for the Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010 platforms. Panorama’s Necto is the first socially enabled BI solution to be interoperable with the Windows Azure and Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Denali platforms while supporting both OLAP and BISM modes.

“ecspand turns Microsoft SharePoint into a complete EIM solution capable of offering DMS, imaging and document capture, rendering, compliance, advanced storage management, e-mail management, as well as integration with ERP systems like Microsoft Dynamics and SAP.”

As a result of these partnerships, Datacentrix is now a certified value-added reseller and preferred implementation partner of these technologies, offering the South African market the most integrated, affordable and complete EIM solution.

Take advantage of Datacentrix’ free BI or workflow proof of concept offerings by contacting Paul Viviers on 072 143 7289 or [email protected].

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