What is still inhibiting people from starting [information governance]? What are some of the strategies and processes that organizations are putting in place that get them moving to information governance?
From Barclay T. Blair: What’s fundamentally broken around information governance is the lack of clarity about who owns it at the executive level. The other bottom-up approach is that there’s a legacy problem, where a lot of how information governance is positioned as an evolution of records management. Records management has suffered from an identity crisis since we transitioned from the paper command and control world to the digital world.
From Richard Hale: What I see fundamentally is that information governance is a people problem at its heart. Organizations struggle to bring [functions] together…It’s a big job and one of the challenges that organizations face is the temptation to boil the ocean. I think [it’s beneficial to] show people a clear example of what information governance [is] and [what its] related activities can achieve, and it helps feed interest into the top-down approach and build stakeholder support too.
From Jon Garde: It’s quite a difficult problem for many organizations to tackle. Organizations have gone out and bought different systems at different times that meet their needs. These systems aren’t created in order to join up together and have a common information policy so it is quite difficult to work out what to do, what they should be protecting, what they should be organizing, what they should be using in search and what they should be cleaning up.
During Global Information Governance Day (GIGD), held this year in February, RSD, a leading provider of information governance solutions for the enterprise, hosted an exclusive online panel discussion on the challenges being faced by organizations today dealing with information governance issues. Information management professionals and industry pundits joined the lineup of expert panelists, which included Barclay T. Blair, co-founder and executive director at the Information Governance Initiative (IGI), Richard Hale, CTO at Active Navigation, and Jon Garde, senior product manager at RSD, former Chair of the DLM forum and author of the MOREQ 2010 standard. Ed Hallock, senior director of North American marketing at RSD, moderated the panel.
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