Companies today are so busy building data warehouses to process business data that they are forgetting about an equally important job: developing policies and procedures for getting rid of no longer needed information.

“Getting information ‘just in time’ is critical to organizations that need to move in Web time – but so is disposing of it efficiently and intelligently so both people and the technology infrastructure can operate in a cleaner, more unfettered way,” says Steve Weissman, chief executive officer of Kinetic Information, an information technology research firm. “No one is talking about the other end of the process: what to do with that data when it is no longer useful.”

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