As a kid, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the water. My mom used to drop me off at swim lessons, and I would “hide” under the water from my swim instructor for as long as I could, but, as it turns out, I unfortunately can’t hold my breath for very long.
There are moments in life when a simple change makes all the difference. Often, it just takes a dash of open-mindedness and the willingness to try something new to break us free of the shackles of routine mediocrity and produce amazing results.
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.
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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