Like many Information Management practitioners, I’ve seen a lot of re-branding of Records Management and its related disciplines over the years and as such have been very skeptical of Information Governance as a distinct concept. I am always weary of what may appear to be product or vendor driven initiatives. I worry about organizations losing focus as they move from buzzword to buzzword and I’m a little exhausted of having to pay for certifications. Full disclosure – I’m a Certified Records Manager and an Information Governance Professional.
However, with the release of the Information Governance Initiative’s Annual Report, I realize that it may be time to reconsider my reservations and back this effort to not only get control of our information, but to raise the profile of information managers and the value of our everyday work. The IG initiative is well coordinated and may be the best opportunity to date to help the C-Suite truly understand how valuable proper information management and governance really is.
We are proud to publish our first Annual Report on the state of information governance today. In this comprehensive 50 page report, loaded with infographics that information governance practitioners can take and freely use, we examine IG as a concept, as a market, and as an operational model. In other words, what is it, can I buy it, and how do I actually do IG? We advance a definition of IG based on overwhelming support from the IGI community. We identify typical IG projects and how much organizations are spending on them. We advance a RACI Matrix for IG, and provide a host of of other insights and recommendations based on extensive benchmarking interviews, surveys, and research days. – Release from iginitiative.com.
In the infographic provided below by the Information Governance Initiative, we can see the many facets of information governance across a typical enterprise. As Records Managers and IT folks, we are already involved in so many of these areas that it does make sense to start thinking about our work holistically and defining it as involving “coordinated functions.” As information and it’s formats proliferate at light speed and organizations continue to be overwhelmed, having a set of tools built around a well-defined concept of information strategy and management can be helpful. By doing so we may also be able to create new opportunities for collaboration and consolidation.
I like to think of Information Governance, in some ways, as a summary of a DataMap, an overall view of how information flows in and out of an organization, revealing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats we all face. It allows us to step out of the area under our control and influence momentarily and see the broader picture, which gives us the perspective and insight we need to work smarter and more efficiently in our own groups. Continue reading