You don’t have to spend a fortune to be successful with file analytics. You can take the “Yugo” approach when there are heavy constraints on costs.
File analytics does not have to be expensive; there are a lot of free or nearly free tools.
There’s a lot you can do with free or nearly free file analytics tools. There are inexpensive applications such as TreeSize Professional, which look at wrapper metadata such as file type, name and path; extensions; and dates.
Even with heavy constraints on cost, inexpensive file analytics allows you to get rid of redundant, obsolete, and transitory (ROT) data.
Even this inexpensive approach can help you tackle Redundant Obsolete and Transitory (ROT) data. Using simple power shell scripts you can act on that ROT—and, at least be a little further along than you were before.
There are three approaches to file analytics software: expensive, solid, and free (or nearly free).
- The Cadillac Approach - Whole hog, best of breed; no limitations
- The Yugo Approach - You have really constrained funds, resources and technology
- The Honda Approach - Between the two. You have some freedom to move, some constraints.