Information Governance: 2015 Predictions

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Cloud Governance

The movement to cloud is not a new trend – companies have been moving enterprise applications to the cloud for the last five years – with one of the biggest drivers for cloud adoption being file sync and share-based repositories such as Google Drive, Microsoft One Drive, Box and DropBox. While public cloud services offer a variety of benefits to users, they also create a number of obstacles for organizations, as many of these systems don't offer lifecycle management and governance capabilities. This lack of governance creates critical complications, especially for organizations that operate in multiple jurisdictions, as they must manage the various regulations in each jurisdiction.

In 2015, companies will have no choice but to deploy governance capabilities in the cloud for content that resides in these uncontrolled environments. Executives will need to bring these systems under the corporate governance umbrella while ensuring employees are still able to leverage the capabilities these services provide. At the same time, the information governance steering committees will need to look for easily available tools to begin rolling out the information governance program.

In this digital age, it is crucial that corporate documents, both electronic and physical, are governed to ensure that organizations remain fully compliant. As the mountain of information grows, so too does the burden to manage it. With the ever-increasing frequency of electronic communication in the workplace, information governance is a field that will continue to grow and evolve in the coming years.

2014 was a big year for information governance, with records managers embracing the need and driving the transformation from existing records management practices to full information governance in their organizations. Many of the information management conferences and organizations focused their efforts on information governance in 2014 including AIIM and ARMA, as well as the newly formed Information governance Initiative (IGI). AIIM focused one of its Executive Leadership Councils (ELC) on information governance and ARMA jointly staged with the Sedona Conference the first Executive Conference on information governance.

Moving into 2015, organizations must make understanding the value of their information assets a resolution. According to Bassam Zarkout, CTO, RSD, technology alone is not a solution; instead, it must be coupled with cultural changes within an organization in order to implement a successful information governance program. The following slideshow discusses key information governance trends to watch for in 2015.


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