U.S. businesses are failing to maximize the efficiency with which they extract useful business intelligence from archived email, according to GFI Software.
While a majority of businesses value this information—including for analysis of communication trends and response times to customer queries, storage capacity monitoring and data leakage protection—many are using only the most basic tools to archive their email.
The independent blind survey of 200 IT decision makers in U.S. organizations reveals how organizations retain and reuse email data, what solutions they have in place for doing this, what value they place on email data and how frequently the IT department is called upon to assist in the recovery of email from archives to support employees.
Key highlights from the survey include:
- 69% of respondents indicate that employee requests for assistance retrieving deleted emails limits the productivity of their IT staff
- On average, respondents say they receive more than 15 requests per week from users who need access to old or archived email, while one in four (26%) of those surveyed have to field 18 requests or more per week
- 45% of those surveyed have no IT solution for managing and automating email archive retention and retrieval
- 19% say the information contained within their archived email is “priceless” to the organization, while three quarters (75%) value their organization’s archived email data at more than $100,000
- 24% of respondents do not believe they are storing their email in the most cost-effective way, and one quarter (25%) do not know if their current process is cost-effective.
“Email data is much more than a simple communications tool for most organizations,” said Brian Azzopardi, MailArchiver product manager at GFI Software. “This research highlights how email archives have become business-critical unstructured databases that retain key knowledge, workflow information and customer contact data that continues to offer significant value to an organization even after it is placed into an archive.”
More than one third (37%) of those surveyed still employ manual processes for the retention of email, with server-side storage of Microsoft® Outlook PST archive files, while 29% retain archives on individual users machines.