Blog - 2014



e-Mail Archive and Organizational State of Mind

December 10, 2014

An interesting discussion about e-mail archiving surfaced during the keynote session at the CGOC Summit Europe by Deborah D’Aubney, Head of Litigation at Rolls Royce, which I thought was unique and wanted to share with the broader community. Her session covered the importance of information lifecycle governance from the perspective of internal legal counsel. One...



Technologists: Information Governance Enablers & Stakeholders

December 3, 2014

Over the Thanksgiving holiday I had the opportunity to catch up on some research and came across an article discussing the best strategy for archiving data in place. It was published fairly recently at SearchStorage (11/24/2014) and authored by John Toigo, a veteran analyst in the storage space. He discusses several topics of interest to...



Leverage the Top Line Value of Information Governance

November 20, 2014

Occupying top-of-mind for many IT and business leaders today is the promise of Big Data/analytics; the potential to deliver significant, positive impact to an organization’s top line. Information governance (IG) has emerged as being pivotal to fully realizing the potential. Its importance is highlighted in a recent report from the Institute for Business Value, Analytics:...



Cloud and Information Governance are Not Mutually Exclusive

November 12, 2014

Overuse is a word that is often what people think of when the term is cloud is mentioned. Over the past several years it has been thrown around by IT and business practitioners as well as vendors as though the cloud holds all the answers. Today, we see more pragmatism about the benefits of the...



Bring Your Own Device and Your Own Governance Policy

October 21, 2014

Bring your own device (BYOD) is not a new concept, but it is gaining adoption and many organizations are struggling to get their arms around it.  Ensuring appropriate policies and controls are in place to ensure the protection and privacy of corporate data is challenging enough. It is significantly greater when the data is going...



Archive is a Verb

October 15, 2014

By its very nature an archive is active. It is a living, breathing entity within an organization. It grows, it evolves and is (or should be) a source of knowledge for future generations.



Organizational Priorities Shifting Toward Information Centric Approach

October 8, 2014

Nearly thirty years ago Sam Walton initiated development of a program called Retail Link that would deliver sophisticated information on consumer behavior pulled from data embedded in product bar codes.  At an estimated cost of $4 billion and development spanning several years of effort Walmart had become a pioneer in data-driven management providing it significant...



Note to IT: Time to Focus More on ‘I’ than ‘T’

October 1, 2014

Somewhere in the late ‘90s the group responsible for computing and networking became known as “IT”, information technology. Prior to that it was called MIS (management information systems) or sometimes simply IS (information systems), and a part of the group’s role was managing information to support management decision making. I’m not sure what precipitated the...



Highlights from CGOC Summit Europe

September 24, 2014

Last week CGOC held its first ever European summit in London and gauging by the feedback from attendees was another successful event. The speakers were outstanding and experienced practitioners in various aspects of information governance. Each session built on the concepts discussed in others and providing a valuable learning experience for the audience across a...



A New Mantra for the New Millenium: QIQO (Quality In, Quality Out)

September 13, 2014

Recently, I had the pleasure of participating on a panel at the ARMA NOVA chapter (Northern Virginia) to discuss trends in information governance (IG). One of the first topics we discussed was regarding the rise in importance of IG over the past year and what seems to be driving it. Organizations working to transform to...