Policies are not everyone’s favorite topic. They often conjure up an image of heavy handed bureaucratic interference that makes getting things done more difficult and adds to the workload of already over-stretched staff. And you can add to this the criticism that policies are devised by people who have little understanding of the operational settings in which the policies must be complied with.

But just how fair is this view? I acknowledge that policies done poorly can justifiably be thought of as creating more work for no overall gain. However, I would argue that there is a much greater problem: The average enterprise does not have nearly enough policies for data management, and this famine of policies has an enormous detrimental impact on the way the average enterprise manages its data.

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