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Beyond SIEM: IT Data Management

Market research indicates that today more than 30 percent of enterprise data is IT data

For years, Security Information Event Management (SIEM) has been an effective tool for optimizing the identification of security threats.  However, because it rarely leverages all IT information, SIEM is unable to comprehensively scale to address the other two cornerstones of the modern, intelligence-driven enterprise: comprehensive IT data for compliance and enterprise-wide operational intelligence.

Market research indicates that today more than 30 percent of enterprise data is IT data - i.e., data about the enterprise's IT.  Managing this information is a challenge for a number of reasons.  It's typically scattered across multiple locations both on- and off-premises and in the cloud.  Multiple, incompatible interfaces make it difficult to access this data.  And it's difficult to correlate IT data without putting it into a larger context.

An interesting report published in April 2011 by Forrester Consulting, titled "The Evolution of Security Information Management: From Security Information Management to IT Data Analytics," put the spotlight on the important emerging issue of proliferating IT data and how to manage it. The report cites a "proliferation of tools used to collect and manage this data" in the enterprise, and the need for IT decision-makers to adopt data analytics tools that move beyond legacy technologies.

Enterprises are realizing that just as they need to manage information about security threats, they need to manage IT information about compliance and operational intelligence - and a new class of enterprise application, IT data management or ITDM, has emerged to fill the need.

In our next post, we'll dig into ITDM and the forces driving the need for this new enterprise application.

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Bill Roth is a Silicon Valley veteran with over 20 years in the industry. He has played numerous product marketing, product management and engineering roles at companies like BEA, Sun, Morgan Stanley, and EBay Enterprise. He was recently named one of the World's 30 Most Influential Cloud Bloggers.