How can companies utilize guerilla tactics to infuse information governance into various projects?
From Chris Walker: Right now I am involved with a client in a heavily regulated industry where I was asked to lead their SharePoint deployment. The client has decided that SharePoint is their ECM pillar. This project involves developing SharePoint sites for the client to use for their regulatory filings. In terms of guerilla tactics, we’re setting up the information architecture correctly and changing processes surrounding handling information assets. By starting out with the file plan and retention schedule, we at least built a framework that the company can leverage later on.
While we are contracted to fulfill a specific business initiative, in this case a regulatory filing, information governance can be built into the foundation of what we’re deploying and hidden from users as much as possible as they just don’t care about information governance. Just because a company doesn’t have a dedicated information governance budget doesn’t mean that good information governance practices can’t be infused into the projects that are happening.
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