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UK Firms Most Likely to Outsource Records Management

October 6, 2008 - London, UK - Backup Direct announced today that a European document management study commissioned by Iron Mountain has revealed that UK firms are more likely to have their records stored off-site compared to their German and French counterparts, of which 11 percent and 29 percent of firms surveyed, respectively, admitted to similar practices, compared to 42 percent in the UK.

The study examines differing attitudes towards the outsourcing of records management in the three markets and highlights the differences in attitudes towards how companies deal with their physical records.

UK firms cite the fact that speed of access is one of the principal reasons for storing records on-site, and 90 percent of German firms that took part in the study stated that having closer control was a primary reason for keeping records management work on-site.

The study also examined trends within the legal, insurance and consulting sectors in the three countries and highlighted the differences in attitudes regarding records management. In all of the countries, the consultancy sector (87 percent) preferred to keep active documents on-site and the financial sector was the most concerned over the price of outsourcing.

Overall, however, cost is revealed as a minor concern when compared with enhancing security, accessibility and control.  In terms of importance, lowering costs is mentioned by less than 50 percent of survey respondents in comparison to 89 percent who indicate that providing a high level of security and protection is of the utmost importance. 

It is clear that companies that do choose a third party to manage their records expect a high level of data security, reliable and rapid response to special customer demands and fast access to documents. The study shows that security, conformity and response speed are more important considerations to firms than price.

Third party data management data solutions providers need to demonstrate that they can deliver the secure administration of physical documents as well as digital business data and data storage media but in a way that is tailored to individual customer needs.

Key Findings

92 percent of UK respondents cite ease and speed of access as the main reasons for keeping their records on-site
80 percent of UK respondents keep their active records on-site
83 percent of German firms surveyed prefer to keep their records on-site
80 percent of documents kept on site by UK firms that were surveyed are classed as ‘active’
87 percent of consultancies assessed kept active documents on site (the highest proportion of all sectors examined)

The full White Paper is available on request. Please use one of the contacts featured below.
Alternatively, the White Paper can be downloaded at the following link: www.ironmountain.co.uk/resource/whitepapers/DMS_WP_Outsourcing_UKIE.pdf

About Iron Mountain Europe

Iron Mountain Europe is a subsidiary of Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE:IRM), the global leader in information protection and storage services. Iron Mountain Europe services 56 markets within 20 countries across Europe. For further information, visit: www.ironmountain.co.uk

Iron Mountain helps organisations around the world reduce the costs and risks associated with information protection and storage. The company offers comprehensive records management and data protection solutions, along with the expertise and experience to address complex information challenges such as rising storage costs, litigation, regulatory compliance and disaster recovery. Founded in 1951, Iron Mountain is a trusted partner to more than 100,000 corporate clients throughout North America, Europe, Latin America and the Pacific Rim. The company currently employs more than 20,000 staff worldwide and generated sales of $2.7 billion in 2007.

The study was carried out by research firm Ronin on behalf of Iron Mountain

About Ronin Corporation

Ronin is one of the leading international market research and business information companies, offering both custom and syndicated research services, as well as research-based consulting. Ronin executives work closely with marketing and market research managers from end-client companies to provide the relevant market insight and reliable data needed to make strategic decisions at all levels and across a majority of countries around the globe.

The actionable reports that Ronin delivers to its clients are a result of the proactive client management, single-point international data collection, advanced data analysis techniques and careful results interpretation employed by Ronin. This makes Ronin the preferred end-to-end marketing information provider for all of our clients who look to grow and continue to gain competitive advantage.

Ronin specialises in International Research, B2B & Consumer, IT & Other Technology, Healthcare & Pharmaceutical, and Financial Research.

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