New research from data analytics firm Exasol indicated that up to 82% of all organizations they surveyed are clueless about the location of their most important data.

Locating and accessing dark data is now the main challenge facing enterprises migrating from basic business intelligence platforms to data analytics systems.

George Leopold quotes Exasol CEO Mathias Golombek in a report on the data science website Datanami:

“Organizations are getting their hands on better data and they see the possibilities, but the data analytics they seek are often out of reach because that data is residing in departmental databases or mounting up in data lakes. They are racing to get to the next stage – becoming more practical and applying that data to business decision making – but most data science teams don’t have the data infrastructure they need to surface that dark data and make data analytics available on demand.”