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Managing Exponential Data Growth with Mobile Technology

Posted by Accellion Team
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Electronic data is growing at a furious rate and has quickly become unmanageable for many. Unfortunately, the data isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The 2014 IDG Enterprise Big Data study found that the amount of data being managed per organization will increase by an average of 76% in the coming 12 to 18 months from 164.2TB to 289TB. The top sources contributing to this growth are emails, customer databases, and Word documents.

Not only is the sheer volume of data a challenge to manage, but also the reality that there’s too much data in too many places, making it at times impossible for employees to find the information they need. It’s this wild goose chase across scattered and cluttered data stores that can have serious business repercussions.

AVL, a developer of powertrain systems for the automotive industry, was experiencing all of the above. Not only was the company’s total stored data doubling every two to three years, but where the data was stored was multiplying in tandem, with AVL’s global development teams using multiple storage and content management systems. Not only did AVL’s 6,650 internal users need a more efficient way to get their hands on critical product information, but they also needed a secure and quick manner to share simulation videos, software updates, and time-sensitive documentation with 3,000 external collaborators and 5,000 clients.

How did they do it? With Accellion’s secure mobile content containerization, employees began rapidly using the mobile app to collaborate with internal and external partners, improving their productivity with the ability to work, wherever. Only a few weeks after AVL rolled out Accellion to all its employees, it had become integral to their daily mobile activities. The company also integrated Accellion with all of its existing Microsoft solutions including SharePoint and Outlook, so that there was no direct impact to its employees established workflows. 

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