With Punxsutawney Phil not seeing his shadow recently, an early spring is predicted. That means small and medium business (SMB) owners need to engage with Waterdog Computer Works in an important series of steps to manage data properly. This is the first part of a series. We explore data decluttering and will discuss data hygiene and data protection shortly.
Many people think of decluttering when spring is near. The way a customer might think of donating unused household items to a charity after spring cleaning his residence, the customer should think about the same with business data. There are important reasons for this including productivity and protection.
A recent study by McKinsey reported some disturbing news concerning data. ““Employees spend 1.8 hours every day—9.3 hours per week, on average—searching and gathering information. Put another way, businesses hire 5 employees but only 4 shows up to work; the fifth is off searching for answers, but not contributing any value.” Translated into terms we can all understand, imagine getting one day of work back for each employee in your business.
But productivity gains don’t happen automatically. This is one area that automation doesn’t add value but you need the human factor. Customers need the in-house employee that knows the data (what pictures are important?) and he should engage a professional at Waterdog Computer Works to help declutter your data and become more organized. Think of it this way by example. You have lived in a house for many years and there are stacks of junk. You live with it every day and can’t see the problem. You are interested in a house cleaning and you hire a cleaner or real estate stager to assist. By the end of the day, you don’t even recognize your own house – one of your biggest assets.
Sticking with the housing analogy, have you ever moved and can’t find anything later? We put this in the category of data protection with respect to decluttering. A skilled professional from Waterdog Computer Works can be that set of eyes to help the elimination of data duplication and prioritize organizing and protecting the most important data. This protection scheme includes the ability to manage structured and unstructured data (e.g. scanning documents that were unorganized).
It’s a classic case of cleaning and decluttering up front as a precursor for additional layers of data protection that will be shared in the next couple installments of this series. It’s a case of clean data in means clean data out. Waterdog Computer Works is right here to help customers eliminate data garbage and protect your most valuable business asset: your business information.