From Robin Woolen: Information governance is a holistic and much broader view of how information is managed, maintained and accessed as it covers everything including emails, social media, vital records program and access to lists of employees/customers. Information governance involves how you secure information in an economical fashion across the board. There are many facets information governance includes, with records management fitting in as one of the underlying principles — as its entire life cycle is the foundation of information governance. The authoritative guide has gone a long way to help people understand exactly what information governance is and what information they need to prioritize.
From Chris Walker: My definition is really based on experience and customer engagements. I define information governance as follows: Information governance is all the rules, regulations, legislation, standards and policies with which organizations need to comply when they create, share and use information. The rules, standards and legislation are defined externally and internally. Information governance really is an extremely broad and overarching set of connected disciplines.
As digital information grows, so do the challenges and burdens of managing this mountain of data. Until recently, much of the industry has been focused on applying principles used to manage physical records, but they are now realizing that records management is no longer a sufficient solution. Companies are only now beginning to understand the importance of having an information governance program to manage electronically stored information across their organization as they drive new standards, controls, processes, disciplines and corporate objectives. This natural evolution to encompass a wide array of features and capabilities will continue to change the way that companies maintain their documents and ensure compliance across the organization and within their vertical industries.
RSD recently developed a monthly blog segment titled Influencer’s Corner where the team sits down with the industry’s top influencers to discuss all that is happening in the world of information governance. To kick this off, the RSD team recently spoke with the following industry influencers to discuss their thoughts on the current state of the information governance market, misconceptions, advice for companies looking to embark on information governance projects and industry predictions for 2015.
Chris Walker, father of the Principals of Holistic Information Governance, an independent consultant and an analyst with Digital Clarity Group
Bassam Zarkout, CTO of RSD, is a thought leader in the information governance space (conception, design, development and implementation), a frequent speaker at key industry events and a 20 year Information Governance veteran
James Lappin, an independent records management consultant and trainer
Robin Woolen, founder and principal consultant at The Records Guru®, IG industry veteran circa 1994