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What the Business World Needs Now: A Practical Guide to Information Governance

Information Security Trends 2018

Kompetenzzentrum Records Management (KRM; the Competency Centre Records Management) recently announced the publication of the English edition of its latest book, Information Governance: A Practical Guide. KRM is a Swiss-based consulting firm that focuses on information governance, and, as of February 2016, Doculabs’ European consulting partner. We’re pleased to give the book a promotional plug on their behalf.

The book’s principal author is Bruno Wildhaber, Managing Partner at KRM, with contributions from co-authors/colleagues Daniel Burgwinkel, Jürg Hagmann, Stephan Holländer, Peter K. Neuenschwander, Dieter Schmutz, and Daniel Spichty.

We at Doculabs are well positioned to understand the problems that organizations now face, as they attempt to get a handle on their rapidly multiplying volumes of data – both structured and unstructured. We know from our work with hundreds of clients, many of them in the Fortune 500, that in the years since the sources of business information became primarily digital, very few organizations have been able to appropriately manage and control their information. And now that those sources of business information are almost exclusively digital, many organizations are being compelled to confront the consequences of not just years, but decades of sub-optimal information management practices.

Tightened regulatory requirements, as well as recent data breaches and the resultant public relations fallout, have done their part to turn the attention of the C-suite to the issue of information governance and the underlying need for content management, in a way that the information “findability” argument, with its promises of improved efficiency and productivity, was never able to do. Particularly as they begin to consider moving certain applications (and associated content) to the cloud, organizations are now scurrying to develop strategies to get control over this rapidly proliferating volume of digital information.

KRM understands all of these issues, too. Its team wrote Information Governance: A Practical Guide to provide a methodology that you can use to implement information governance in your own organization, toward the “active and controlled handling of data and information”. Wildhaber and his colleagues address a wide range of topics – including how to convince stakeholders of the critical importance of information governance in the first place. But as its title indicates, much of the book is focused on the practical concerns of how to go about implementing information governance.

You’ll find KRM’s structured method for implementing information governance, with valuable advice in identifying practical applications in your organization, as well as recommendations for how to realize quick wins and how to identify and address potential red flags in your implementation. You’ll also find ideas for the necessary communications and change management as your implementation proceeds. As we all know by now, getting the ultimate end users on board (and actually using the technology) is a key part of the success of any technology implementation. The same holds true when you’re implementing new policies and procedures (and potentially technologies, too) for information governance.

Like Doculabs, KRM has a long-standing history of commitment to knowledge transfer, and Information Governance: A Practical Guide is substantial evidence of that commitment. We invite you to check it out here.

 

 

 

Linda Andrews
Linda Andrews
I’m a Technical Editor. I help develop Doculabs’ publications and collateral, and execute the company’s social media marketing.