A buyer’s checklist for data analytics and governance

Data analytics and the insights they deliver have become must-have requirements for businesses today. With increased pressure from regulatory changes, data privacy demands and threats from malware and ransomware you really need to know what data is stored where as well as the contents.

Use this checklist to evaluate your needs for data analytics and governance. This will help you determine what key tools and features you need to reduce risk, increase compliance capabilities, and drive overall improved efficiency into your data environment.

Instructions for use

Evaluate your existing data analytics and governance strategy by placing a checkbox next to each of the relevant boxes. Repeat this for each solution or vendor you’re evaluating to identify differences or gaps in coverage.

1. What data sources within your organization require additional scrutiny and information that you could derive from added insights?

☐ Microsoft 365 or Google G Suite
☐ Unstructured file servers or network attached storage (NAS) filers
☐ Virtual machines
☐ Cloud native workloads
☐ Endpoint/remote data locations
☐ All of the above

2. What main business or IT concerns require better knowledge about your data?

☐ Responding to data requests from legal
☐ Identifying redundant, obsolete, or trivial data to clean up and reduce costs
☐ Finding and securing critical and sensitive data
☐ Audit compliance
☐ Managing access rights and permissions to ensure security
☐ Reducing the data footprint to consolidate or migrate to cloud
☐ All of the above

3. What data types are most often needed when responding to compliance or other data related requests?

☐ Email
☐ Files from personal folders, work folders, laptop data
☐ Historical data from backup or archive copies

4. What key options would accelerate your data management capabilities?

☐ Automated search and eDiscovery tools
☐ Visualization of the data, ownership, types and associated risks
☐ Improved overall coverage for reporting across data sources
☐ Monitoring for sensitive data in unexpected (or unwanted) locations
☐ Ability to initiate action based on the analysis of the data
☐ Legal hold capabilities
☐ Ability to run analytics against cloud workloads

5. What regulatory drivers influence the need to better understand your data landscape?

☐ European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
☐ California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
☐ Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
☐ Sarbanes Oxley (SOX)
☐ Internal compliance audits
☐ Other industry or government related regulatory audits

Use the selections above and compare your data management solution capabilities with your business needs to identify gaps and areas for further investigation.

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