Please talk a little about what the role [of chief information governance officer] should really be and how you see that role evolving.
From B. Blair: [The concept of the CIO and its origins] go back to the early 80s, and the U.S. federal government was actually a big proponent behind it, as was IBM. One of my favorite quotes from that era is something to the effect that while creating that role begs the question: Who owns the information—those who create the databases or those who create the information? We have yet to answer that question [some] 30 years later.
Last year, we started promoting the idea of a chief information governance officer (CIGO). In some ways, the simplicity of that advocacy is both its greatest strength and its greatest weakness. Its strength is in the fact that it places the emphasis where we wanted—[we] have to solve the problem at the C-level somehow. Its weakness is that you encounter the argument: do we need another C-level executive? There are a lot of folks out there who [do not necessarily] come from records management or legal backgrounds, [but] who are stepping up to that role and currently own the titles like VP or SVP of information governance out there too.
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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