Nearly half of UK organisations have changed the way they manage data over the past 12 months.
A survey by Kroll Ontrack revealed that 60 per cent of respondents claimed that the main reason for modifying data management practices was an increase in the perceived value of electronic information, followed by a heightened importance of data availability and business continuity (40 per cent).
Furthermore, two thirds of respondents (66 per cent) stated that the top IT priority for 2009 is to address the challenges posed by the need to maintain data access.
Alastair Molyneux, business development manager at Kroll Ontrack UK, said: “More organisations are now aware of the value of data and the need to manage it correctly.
“The next step is to help them understand how to do this in an effective manner. For example, maintaining data availability involves identifying information that has to be stored to comply with legislation as well as archiving valuable and proprietary data that may be needed in the future.”