Organizations that think nothing of investing significant sums in systems and processes to manage their financial assets, physical assets and human assets rarely even consider implementing a strategy for managing information assets. Unfortunately, the volume of information that is being created and maintained by organizations nowadays is rapidly approaching a critical mass where just “winging it” will no longer suffice.
OK, maybe they’ll automate a specific process, like email archiving. But in terms of getting the corporate consciousness around the legendary “80% of the information in our organization that is unstructured,” they’ll get to that sometime, someday, somehow. The strategic necessity to manage information effectively is rapidly approaching, with devastating consequences for those who assume they can wait.
In the absence of a uniform information management strategy, most organizations arrive at what passes for a strategy simply by building on their current processes using the technologies and tools already in place. These tools are often the result of decisions made years ago, usually by individual departments. Although the prospect of simply ripping out this accumulated infrastructure is generally not an option, there are some hard questions that organizations should ask in terms of integrating and leveraging what they have and driving future decisions against a uniform, comprehensive strategy.
The good news is that there are a lot of content and records management options out there. The bad news is that there are a lot of content and records management options out there.
Wortzman Nickle, the leaders in e-Discovery and records management, can assist in determining which solutions would best fit an organization’s specific information culture, so that content is treated with the same respect as the organization’s money, inventory, and people.
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