Business Applications Need An Information Asset Portfolio

An information asset portfolio is different from application portfolios that collect and categorize software, and hardware portfolios that depreciate the moment you sign the purchase order.  Information asset portfolios are the collections of important line of business information necessary to conduct business transactions.  The data bases are usually obvious; but what about all the other information feeds, reports, and transfers nto or out of the business?  There are likely to be hundreds or even thousands of unstructured, or semi-structured files that have just as much value as the information contained in the data base. 

Appraising information value is no simple matter.  For one thing, information value is typically not constant; it fluctuates, often with time; depending on the business cycle.  Context is actually a much better indicator of information value.  For example, what factors influence whether an airline boarding pass ought to be issued?

 
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Governance and Cloud Computing

To convince people data is safe in the cloud, they need to know why it is safe. For example, a built-in audit system could allow a company to show a customer every time data has been accessed, how and why.

"The ability to show customers this is how your data is being treated, this is how it's encrypted, this is who has access, I think, is going to be the key to a successful platform. And if we do it right, in 10 years, 80 percent of all computing could be done on the cloud."

-Michael Nelson, technology section chairman of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP)

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Between 1966 and 1967 NASA sent five Lunar Orbiter spacecraft to the Moon. Images from these spacecraft were used by mission planners to select the Apollo landing sites on the moon. In the late 1960s, after the Apollo era, Lunar Orbiter analog tapes were placed in storage in Maryland. In the mid-1980s, they were transferred to JPL, under the care of Nancy Evans, co-founder of the NASA Planetary Data System (PDS).

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Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) Maturity Model and Webcast

Organizations looking to reduce operating costs and improve efficiencies in the data center, now have a roadmap for improvement and a tool to assess the alignment of their information assets with the needs of the business.

This paper offers an overview of the current state of ILM and explains how to use the ILM Maturity Model developed by the ILM Initiative in collaboration with the SNIA End User Council.

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Terminology Bridge for Retention and Preservation

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The datacenter's information stakeholders need to communicate with each other about business requirements for information assets the organization has to manage. This can be hard because each department has a different vernacular that has to be bridged to even begin a discussion.

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Wise Words

"Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depends on simplicity."

- Plato