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3 Improving Data Management for Infrastructure Transformation White Paper co-sponsored by 3 194.153.205.26 168.212.226.204 216.3.128.12 172.16.81.100 2001:0DB8:AC10:FE01 1980's: The Mainframe Technology was expensive and good practice resulted from financial need. • IT was a productivity tool for the back office. • Applications were limited. • Data capacities were small and control was simple. • The choice of media to store data was limited. • Access was constrained to the internal workings of the organisation and largely the physical constraints of a building. • IT controlled the pace of technology adoption and had a tight grip on policy and process. 1990's: Open Systems A chasm appeared - at the very moment control was needed, the opposite happened. • Personal computers appeared on everyone's desktop from front office to back office. • Local area networks and distributed computing arrived. • Application choices expanded and data growth exploded. • IT spending seeped into the lines of business. IT was being deployed within business units in the nineties without the 'consent' of the IT departments. Business units invested in technology for a competitive edge without the burden of the IT department's 'ball-and-chain' control – this was when we first saw 'shadow IT'. • Megabytes soared to gigabytes and terabytes. • Data types ranged from structured database data to unstructured file systems – but all types of data were treated the same. • Data was largely unprotected from intruders, user error, corruption, deletion, or system failure. A Brief Overview of Infrastructure

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