Computerworld Announces Data Management Forum 07 in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane this October

Half day events designed to educate users on all aspects of Data management to create the ideal Information Centric enterprise

Computerworld today announced the launch of its inaugural Data Management Forum 07 to be held in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, from the 24th to the 26th of October. The series of half day events are designed to educate a wide cross section of end users on all aspects of data management in today's rapidly developing information enterprise.

The Data Management Forum will be chaired by well known local analyst Dr Kevin McIsaac and will consist of four interconnected and complementary categories covering all facets of data management. They are:

  1. Storage Infrastructure and Virtualisation,
  2. Archiving, Compliance, Email and Security
  3. Backup and Recovery, Disaster Recovery and Protection
  4. Content management and Data Classification

Each category will feature a presentation from a leading vendor expert on the subject, followed by a case study from a high profile end user.

"Users from most Australian mid size and larger companies will benefit from attending, and hearing first hand advice from leading experts get together to give a holistic view of this complex subject. In particular IT managers and application professionals, records and Information managers, storage and network managers, risk and security officers and CIO's will get maximum value from participating," said Davy Adams, Director of Events at Computerworld.

According to the SNIA, Data Management is a complex but critical stage for all business to address now for their future health. "The world is converging around the value of information. Information is the new central actor, defining the enterprise organization and its business. On one hand, information is power and a competitive weapon. In this sense, information is the chief asset of the business. Yet, on the other hand, information is also the chief risk," said Michael Peterson, Program Director, SNIA Data Management Forum.

Analyst firm IDC's Graham Penn said, "Data management is one of three key issues in the holistic management of an organisation's storage environment. The others are the management of the devices and networks, and the management of the users (access, identification, authentication and authorisation). The importance of data management will increase as organisations seek to gain real business value from the information itself. Management of the data will also become increasingly important as organisations wrestle with the need to retain information longer in response to regulatory requirements and then need to migrate it between storage tiers as it ages and it accessed less often."

Kevin McIsaac, leading analyst at IBRS and chair of the event added, "Storage capacity growth rates have accelerated from a historical average of 30% to an average of 60%, ensuring that data management and storage remains one of the key IT infrastructure issues though 2012. However, as the total storage capacity for unstructured data rapidly overtakes that for structured data, simply adding more storage capacity in an ad-hoc fashion will no longer work. Instead IT Organisations must create new data storage strategies that can deal with the more rapid growth (60%-200%) of unstructured data."

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