Think about the plumbing

There are shiny sides of information governance — establishing and enforcing a compliance program, analyzing big data, and protecting the system from external attack.  And an interesting side — information in use, such as what do you have, where did you get it, where and how do you store and access it,  how do you validate it, and how do you use it to make money.

What is often ignored are the backroom aspects, like the underlying architecture that makes all the rest possible.

“Bandwidth Prices Steadier,” Wall Street Journal, September 25, 2014 B2. Wholesale prices for bulk Internet bandwidth are stabilizing, which may help the companies that own the underlying infrastructure (“the Internet’s plumbing”) to finally become profitable.  In part due to market consolidation, and some vendors moving to the cloud-based storage market.

Is your business providing the infrastructure that makes information transmission, delivery, and storage possible? AT&T, Verizon, USPS, DHL, FedEx, Apple, Samsung, Amazon, others?  What portion of your business depends on transmitting or reforming or repurposing other peoples’ information?  How do you monetize that?  How does the government regulate and tax that?

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