About Northern


The vast majority of organizations have little to no understanding of their file data. The data that they are legally responsible for. The data that is the result of thousands of hours of invested effort. The data that forms a key asset and source of competitive advantage.

What is valuable to us and what is not? What is valuable to our competitors? Which files contain data subject to external regulations?

These are fundamental questions that, incredibly, remain unanswered.

Organizations have been in a state of paralysis. Fixed in the belief that efficiency gains were the only benefits available from pro-active data management, and that these rewards could not warrant the investment necessary.

The situation is changing. Tightening regulatory frameworks, high-profile data loss cases, the adoption of off-premise storage solutions, the advent of process-oriented solutions. There are numerous factors behind the accelerating realization that user data must, and can, be scrutinized.


For decades organizations have legitimately invested in solutions and processes for protecting their data assets. As a route to minimizing risk posture and improving regulatory compliance this has been a valid and valuable course to follow. Focusing solely on having data under lock-and-key; on building file services that protect data from unwanted access and use, is now being seen as insufficient for modern threats and regulatory frameworks.

User Data Management (UDM) is the practice of establishing and using a detailed understanding of the content of file services. The specific use cases fulfilled by UDM can touch on a range of organizational disciplines. Not least of which is Data Compliance. Insight into how file services are being used and the ability to guide or enforce working practices are now being recognized as fundamental capabilities for maintaining a state of regulatory compliance.

Data Protection and Data Management go hand-in-hand in an organization’s efforts to establish and continuously maintain a state of regulatory compliance. One building a sound infrastructure, the other ensuring it is used as intended.

Northern's customers, organizations that have implemented (or begun to implement) user data management processes, are realizing value in multiple business areas:

Improved regulatory compliance
Improved risk management
Rationalized data retention
Improved dissemination of business knowledge
Adoption of innovative new working practices
Improved process and cost efficiency

These vital gains are achieved through a sequential approach of revealing and then fixing broken processes that give rise to significant business problems

Northern has supported some of the world’s leading organizations in their identification and improvement of on-going working practices that previously ignored the costs, risks, or value of unstructured data.

When working with customers Northern always recommends that specific needs are identified and prioritized. This ensures that effort is targeted and that the most significant business problems are resolved first. (An analysis of the current data footprint can provide a valuable input to this process - a service that Northern often provides.)

Short time to value is achieved by sequentially fixing the broken processes identified. Northern encourages customers to target only four to five needs at any one time. When the necessary changes and improvements have been made, the next set of prioritized needs are addressed.

Review Best Practices for examples of the types of needs that customers are currently fulfilling with Northern.

For more information, or to discuss how Northern can assist your organization with data compliance, protection, governance or efficient file service use, please contact us.


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