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Information is still getting created at a faster pace than organizations are able to analyze and extract the value from that information.  That means the potential value of the information is in many ways potentially greater than the actual value an organization is getting today.  This is driving the emergence of Infonomics.  How many times do we hear corporate executives say “that information is one of their company's greatest assets”? But rarely do they truly understand,...

Posted on 09/19/2014 - 16:00 by Ed Hallock

I just returned from a trip to Adelaide Australia were I did two presentations on transforming to Information Governance for RIMPA, Records and Information Professionals Australasia.  RIMPA is the Asia Pacific equivalent of ARMA North America and each year they hold a conference to educate RIM professionals on records and information management.

Before I elaborate on the conference first let me tell you a little bit about the city of Adelaide and the state of South Australia...

Posted on 09/13/2014 - 19:31 by Ed Hallock

What exactly is metadata?  Most Records Managers inherently understand its purpose and value, but for those outside the profession it can be a mystery. And it can be difficult to concisely and clearly define it to others.  If you listen to Australia's Attorney General George Brandis fumble his way through an explanation of it, you might be forgiven for thinking the Australian Government is also still trying to work it out.  Last week George spoke to Sky News about Australia's...

Posted on 08/19/2014 - 23:03 by Craig Dent

If you live and breathe information governance, chances are you heard about the IGI (Information governance Initiative). Simply put, the IGI is a think tank and consortium on advancing information governance in the market and within organizations. Members of the IGI include a variety of people such as (but not limited to):

  • Corporate practitioners (who are actually doing stuff)
  • Technology providers (such as RSD and...
Posted on 08/13/2014 - 03:06 by Tamir Sigal

Earlier this month I completed a trip to Australia and Singapore to deliver a series of seminars around information governance, along with a couple of analysts from Forrester Research.  Before I get to what was learned let me take a detour and talk about these two fantastic nations.

I started out back in Sydney, which happens to be one of my favorite places in the world.  I am a water person, and the city is comprised of harbors connected by a wonderful ferry system with the...

Posted on 07/21/2014 - 19:48 by Ed Hallock

Chaos to Organization

To put something into the attic, I need to drag over a footstool (because I can’t quite reach the handle), pull a door down from the ceiling, and unfold a ladder. That’s why most of my stuff ends up in the basement. The problem is that the basement is musty and some things...

Posted on 07/15/2014 - 18:24 by Sandy Gordon

Every summer, I find myself devouring book after book. I don’t know if it’s my inner child coming out and telling me it’s time to tackle a summer reading list (remember those in middle school?). But the summertime is definitely when I read the most. And, now that it's officially summer, you are probably in need of some great reading options for those lounging days by the pool, at the beach, or wherever you find yourself relaxing.

We did our own research here at RSD and compiled a...

Posted on 07/03/2014 - 17:06 by Sandy Gordon

Gartner Inc. recently included RSD in their latest magic quadrant (MQ) for Structured Data Archiving and Application Retirement.  I was quite pleased to work with Gartner on behalf of RSD for this MQ for a number of reasons.  Why, you ask?  Because there is a direct correlation between the archiving and governance of information! Companies today simply cannot take a narrow view of archiving information without understanding life-cycle, including retention based on laws and...

Posted on 06/24/2014 - 19:55 by Ed Hallock

Cleaning Windows

Window washing is a time-honored rite of spring. But it’s one of those projects we try to fob off on someone else because who wants to wash windows? You’ve heard the punchline to the story about trying to hire a house cleaner who says, “I don’t do windows.” Do you know why? Before the tilt-in...

Posted on 06/18/2014 - 14:45 by Sandy Gordon

Last week I attended an excellent conference in Canberra, Australia - "Information: the Currency of the Digital Economy". It was part of the national Information Awareness Month. 

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Posted on 06/18/2014 - 09:53 by Craig Dent

Grass

Is it just me, or have you noticed that people pay more attention to maintaining snow blowers than lawn mowers? Every fall, right around Columbus Day, I start wondering when the first snow will fall, and that propels me to make sure the snow blower is tuned up and ready to go. In...

Posted on 06/11/2014 - 15:32 by Sandy Gordon

I have just returned from Washington DC after attending the AIIM Executive Leadership Council on Information Governance. AIIM is the Association for Information and Image Management and they have been actively helping to address information management challenges for over 70 years. The ELC brought together information professionals from both the vendor and user community to discuss IG.  Somewhat ironic that we met to discuss governance in...

Posted on 06/06/2014 - 20:23 by Ed Hallock

Closet

Information governance is not a one-person job. It’s not even a one-department job. If you make the mistake of thinking you can assign it to your IT department and forget about it you are missing the finer points. I’m reminded of a spring cleaning ritual my mother used to practice. She would go through all the...

Posted on 06/02/2014 - 17:25 by Sandy Gordon

Wow, that is a long blog title. A full entry in and of itself. It doesn't say much more than I will express in the balance of this post, so if you want to skip out on the rest, I will not completely blame you.

In fact, this post started before we had even closed our booth at the SharePoint Europe Conference in Barcelona. What a fun event this was! We won every award we were up for, which is to say, none. No awards. Maybe...

Posted on 06/02/2014 - 10:39 by James Amsler

Weeds

Spring cleaning is more than airing the house and washing the windows. It’s also about getting the yard in shape. I like to start with the weeds. They’re unsightly and they grow like, well, weeds. They take over your yard the same way that storage costs and other expenses associated with managing corporate information...

Posted on 05/23/2014 - 00:41 by Sandy Gordon
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