This week I spoke with Alan Dayley, Gartner Research Director, and the topic of conversation was the management of “stale” data. “Every customer I speak with has a potential problem with managing stale data,” said Alan Dayley. Stale data usually consists of end user files that for various reasons become less valuable to the end user, for example at the end of a project or simply due to age. However, many of these files can remain or become more valuable to the organization because of the intellectual property or other sensitive data they can contain (figure one). Stale data is usually found on user desktops, file shares, and just about anywhere else files are stored.