“Data Cleansing to the Rescue: Wrangling with the Wild West of Unstructured Data” by David Beauchemin

Data Cleansing to the Rescue: Wrangling with the Wild West of Unstructured Data

BY DAVID BEAUCHEMIN, INOUTSOURCE

Is unstructured data putting your firm at risk?

Decades-old paper files stored in hundreds or even thousands of boxes that have not been properly indexed. Oddly named files in shared drives. Information stored in Access databases alongside Excel spreadsheets that haven’t been opened in years.

Even with a physical records management system and a document management system in place, the reality is that most law firms still have a Wild West of unstructured repositories — both physical and electronic — where data resides. Trying to apply and enforce a records retention policy is somewhat haphazard at best if you’re never 100% sure where all the relevant client data is stored and exactly what those unstructured repositories contain.

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