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The volume of emails just keeps growing but, according to our recent survey, they're not all getting neatly filed. The percentage of respondents archiving email since we surveyed readers a year ago has dropped from 52% to 45%, even as compliance requirements and regulations have increased archiving awareness. However, 61% of those not archiving email say it's on their to-do list vs. 58% listing that as their top reason last year. Thirty-two percent of those surveyed don't do it because their company doesn't require it, while 28% say they don't have the budget to archive (note: respondents could choose more than one option). Of those who are archiving, 68% apply it to all email, while 23% archive based on end user. The primary reason for respondents to archive their email is to be prepared for any legal issues (35%), followed closely by the need to better manage storage capacity (30%).
This was first published in November 2008