Guest Blog: Bryan Renyolds, CEO, Docxonomy 

Data storage is pivotal in modern IT operations, with retrieval as its primary goal. Docxonomy stands out in this regard, offering robust and user-friendly search capabilities, making it ideal for data archiving. This is exemplified by its use by a leading US energy company for a major data intelligence project.

The company embarked on an ambitious journey to store data from over 30 applications set for decommissioning. This data, encompassing various types for reasons like regulatory compliance and financial record-keeping, was to be preserved long-term. The project involved both the company’s internal IT infrastructure and its business units’ expertise.

The initial step was to extract data from the aging systems. This involved converting some data into more user-friendly formats, while most was extracted in its raw state. The scale was immense, with billions of rows of SQL data and millions of documents migrated to Docxonomy.

Docxonomy’s implementation ensured seamless transition and maximized end-user engagement. Customizations within Docxonomy enabled business users to independently search for and access data using terms familiar to their domains. This reduced reliance on IT and sped up the retrieval process, allowing IT to focus on strategic initiatives.

A significant advantage of centralizing data in Docxonomy was the ability for business users to conduct comprehensive searches across multiple datasets. Previously, data storage was scattered across various systems, making such searches cumbersome. With Docxonomy, users gained access to insights and correlations that were hidden due to data fragmentation, leading to more informed decision-making and highlighting the strategic value of this initiative.

The project yielded key cost-saving benefits:

  1. Old Hardware Retirement: Migrating to Docxonomy facilitated the retirement of outdated hardware, reducing maintenance and energy costs.
  2. Reduced Licensing Costs: Centralization decreased the need for multiple application licenses, saving money and simplifying compliance.
  3. Lower Support Costs: Docxonomy’s simplified data management led to reduced support expenses as IT could concentrate on a single platform.
  4. Improved Data Governance and Compliance: Centralization improved data governance, ensuring regulatory compliance and minimizing legal risks.
  5. Enhanced Data Quality: The migration process improved data accuracy, enhancing decision-making, reducing errors, and saving resources.

In conclusion, implementing Docxonomy as a centralized data repository was transformative, bringing significant cost savings and operational efficiencies to the energy company. It empowered business users with control over their data and enhanced decision-making processes. By retiring old hardware, reducing licensing costs, and streamlining support, the company achieved substantial savings and positioned itself as a data-driven, agile organization. This case study demonstrates the significant impact of effective data management in a rapidly changing business world.


Bryan ReynoldsBryan Reynolds
Bryan Reynolds has over 25 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur, senior executive and managing consultant with core competencies focused on enterprise content management, mobility, business process engineering, imaging, and records management. Currently, Mr. Reynolds is the Founder and CEO of Docxonomy. The breadth of his knowledge includes the architectural design and development as well as project management of numerous global, large-scale document/records management initiatives across multiple industries including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices, financial services, insurance, healthcare and public sector.