Almost two-thirds (64 per cent) of major manufacturing companies in the UK view data growth as a significant problem, a survey from market researchers Vanson Bourne reveals.

Meeting compliance standards for the industry was another key concern, with 24 per cent of manufacturing companies anxious about aligning their data access and data storage systems with official guidelines.

The challenges presented by exponential data growth demand blue-sky thinking insisted senior technical consultant Pete Marshall from B2net, which commissioned the report.

“Simply adding more storage hardware doesn’t work anymore, especially with demand doubling every year or so,” he told Marketing Talk.

Options for addressing a data growth problem could include moving files from the business’ central storage system to a “central storage hub”, eliminating “fragmented silos of data”, he suggested.

But within companies “the whole culture of long-term data storage needs to be addressed – from the ground-up,” Mr Marshall told Managing Information.

“The biggest single change is that staff must be given responsibility for managing their own storage and the type of files that can be stored on the system,” he concluded.ADNFCR-8000151-ID-18084795-ADNFCR

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