They’re seductive in their simplicity, breaking down complex issues into bite-sized actionable chunks. This is exactly why I often preach against treating an information governance initiative like a checklist of tasks that need to be done. Because frankly, it’s never quite that simple.
In my opinion, the checklist mentality takes away from the holistic perspective that companies should adopt...
Ah flexibility! When did you leave me and where have you gone?
I used to be exceptionally limber. No, Really. I know I am one of millions who can make this claim, but I actually was really, really flexible at one point. Back in the day, I was playing just about every sport under the sun, but the one that was really keeping my flexibility up was karate...
Records management = information governance… right? Not so fast.
Today, these two concepts are still frequently confused and used interchangeably. It’s a shame, because in reality they are very different. Records management as it exists currently actually falls under the wider umbrella that is information governance.
History is to blame for our confusion, at least partially...
Ah, spring. Time for warm weather, melting snow, blossoming hills, and (of course) the MER Conference.
It’s funny how nature can actually teach us a thing or two about today’s digital ecosystem, and the US National Parks and National Forest provide a particularly interesting example. For records professionals, the lesson learned is one of resource management philosophy.
Allow me to reminisce...
Working in the information governance space, it’s important to keep up with both trends and disagreements within the user community of professionals out in the field. And recently, it’s been refreshing to see that the discourse has become more multifaceted. One of these conversations that caught my attention recently was Ralph Losey’s e-Discovery Team® blog post...
It’s that time of year again. Four days off from professional pursuits, families gathered around the dinner table, and 2:00 AM trips to [retailer of your choice] -- it’s Black Friday time! I’ll leave you to uncovering the best deals on TVs and laptops; we’re talking information governance. As we approach the end of 2014, now is as good a time as any to take stock of whether you’ve covered all your IG bases...
As the experience of ARMA 2014 fades in our rearview mirrors, it’s peculiar to think that hindsight becomes paradoxically sharper. The time elapsed following an event allows one to better reflect and integrate the experience, and for me personally, this has meant several realizations about the evolution of the records management space.
This really might be my favorite time of the year.
I mean, I love the holiday season, and the adolescent in me is still nostalgic every time spring turns to summer and signals the end of another school year. But as a HUGE sports fan, I’m never more engaged than I am right now. Mid-October finds us smack-dab in the middle of football season, deep into Major League Baseball playoffs (Go Giants!),...
Someone call a professional translator.
Since 2011, I have attended several conferences on behalf of ZL Technologies, mostly focused on enterprise legal technology.
And one of my most striking observations of these events is more a matter of linguistics than pure tech: different business units often seem to be speaking entirely different languages. Given many of the same issues regarding data and its management,...
Junk. Digital debris. eTrash.
At times, it’s uncanny how many garbage-related euphemisms exist in the information governance sphere, paradoxically in an era where the purposed power of analytics promises to unlock insight from the tiniest breadcrumb trails of data. One man’s trash is another’s treasure. But no matter where the garbage ends up at the end of the day, it belongs to someone. How you decide to handle your perceived trash will have major impact on the enterprise at large, at least in terms of information governance.
Unstructured data is becoming a very structured part of enterprise strategy. The content generated for humans by humans is the lifeblood of daily business, communicating everything from the information finalized in spreadsheets and reports, all the way to the chatter and mood entailed in IMs and email.
As this data grows in volume, it also grows in importance. The need to effectively manage it is not only an immediate requirement, but also a critical component of deriving future value from data.
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