The Internet has buried companies under a mudslide of unstructured data. One of the most pressing problems facing IT is how to turn all that data that won't fit into rows and columns into useful information. And while the amount of unstructured data is growing exponentially, the tools for dealing with it haven't kept pace.
The magnitude of the deluge is staggering. Approximately 85 percent of all digital business information exists only as unstructured data, according to research by Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. Most of that comes from the increasing use of the Web as an internal and external business channel.
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