Corrupt files, outdated formats and growing security risks – every IT department deals with legacy data issues once in a while. No more. Transform malignant forces into dependable back-ups that you can count on when the game is on the line.

Follow our 4 expert guidelines and stop worrying about “old information that has been stored in an old-fashioned way.”

#1: Your next data migration starts now

Don’t wait until problems fester – age-old advice that can be applied anywhere, anytime. In this case, however, it is especially relevant. Out-of-control data dumps quickly become your worst nightmare, particularly if you need to integrate old variables into new projects.

Always try to get your hands on the necessary data as soon as possible. That way you can take into account its defects – and start fixing them – before designing new data structures.

#2: Separate useful data from the obsolete

Secure storage and easy access; it might sound paradoxical but you must provide both. Many companies hide away their legacy data in inaccessible places and create worrisome “data silos” – heaps of information that are only accessible to specific individuals or departments.

Determine which data are still being used and provide easy access to avoid a waste of past investments. Look for publishing tools that make your data easily accessible without sacrificing security.

#3: Secure your legacy data

56% of companies use different versions of their backup solutions. 40% of companies intend to terminate their maintenance contracts. 42% of IT managers indicate that securing legacy data is one of their top cost. We’ve covered these statistics before, but what can you do about it?

Platform heterogeneity is a huge security soft spot. Harmonize different legacy data security platforms – especially if you move to a new platform for which your existing security tools are ill-suited. Every data migration must be accompanied by thorough vulnerability management.

#4: Leverage existing legacy data

Followed our first 3 guidelines? Your legacy data is now stored in a useful format, easily accessible and safe from outside threats. Time to reap the benefits and turn legacy data into active resources. Think of your most valuable datasets as evergreen assets and try to predict how your processes will rely on them in a few years.

Plan your processes around your data becoming valuable corporate resources and save yourself from a world of trouble in the event of a dispute or future issue. With ease of access and an open format, it could only take a few minutes to resolve potentially disastrous issues. If you’ve treated your legacy data with respect, that is.


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