Data Management in a World of Technology
Data management is something that is mind blowing to so many people. This past week on a favorite television show This is Us a character lost a video tape and was very confused about how a cloud worked and there was a debate whether something was “on a cloud” or “in a cloud” which was quite funny. At the end of the day, learning to manage our own data especially when we run small businesses (or even large ones) can be mind boggling.
I have learned the hard way that not managing data can result in huge losses. Recently I was hit like a ton of bricks when I lost an entire cell phone due to water damage and had I used master data management I may not have been so heartbroken. I am thankful that I use so much social media for both my personal and business life where I was able to get some information back, but honestly a lot was a total loss. Contacts and all.
Financially using master data management software can save thousands of dollars per year. Being able to keep up with records in a way other than paper and pen is something that I am highly interested in, especially with the risk of natural disasters and other things that can literally steal away that type of management in minutes. I am not a fear monger by any means, but knowing I have things backed up means a lot to me.
In the coming year both business and personal wise I have the intention of getting my life in order and one of those things is to make sure that everything I have is backed up. I need to ensure that we have access outside of our computers, cell phones and paper methods to keep up with things as well as back up important files.
How do you keep your data managed? Have you ever lost a lot of data like I did last week? Feel free to comment below and let us know your thoughts. It appears that with everything going to technology this is a very hot topic right now and I would love to hear what others think. I am also curious to know if I am the only person who still uses a paper method for certain things? I can’t be! HA!