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2 Improving Data Management for Infrastructure Transformation White Paper co-sponsored by 2 2001:0DB8:AC10:FE01 Introduction Data is powerful. Today, organisations can amass information from multiple sources about customers, employees, investors, patients, etc. Data records a history of transactions, processes, employee efficiency, customer habits, and even social media activities. But collecting this data, storing it, analysing it and acting on it are a distinctly different set of activities and requirements. Data is already the lifeblood of most businesses. You need to have a handle on its growth, content, value, and protection. Each are critical factors for the measurement of an efficient service aligned infrastructure model and a cloud first strategy. This short paper provides a quick overview of the past and present of computing and how it has impacted today's data management challenges. It offers insights into some of the problems created over the last thirty years and how organisations need to solve these problems before they embark on any major infrastructure transformation projects and cloud initiatives. H

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