Dr Joe Shepley with Doculabs published a great article relating to the title “No One Cares About Information Governance But You“. As we think about our document and structured landscapes in our companies, one area we look to avoid is talking too much about ‘information governance’. Dr Shepley called out….
“The constellation of IG capabilities required for good IG is well known: establish information lifecycle management (ILM), reduce ROT, secure sensitive data, direct end users to appropriate systems (“what to use when”), define and enforce metadata, etc.”
The morale to this story is…
“if you want to have a prayer of getting IG capabilities rolled out at your organization, you need to align with what non-IG folks care about … which will never be IG in and of itself.“
For example, one goal of good governance is to manage information across its lifecycle, from creation to disposition. But good luck getting the organization to fund the dollars and bodies required to enable information lifecycle management (ILM) organization-wide. However, if your organization is subject to US or EU privacy regulations (CCPA, GDPR, etc.), meeting the requirements for managing consumer data to comply with these regulations happens to also support ILM for all data, consumer or otherwise. So supporting this more narrow, tactical initiative can support larger governance goals at the same time — a win win for you, your privacy stakeholders, and the organization as a whole. So if you want IG to succeed, you need to speak their language rather than yours and deploy your expertise to solve their problems first. THANK YOU InfoDNA is here to get to the bottom of where an organization is today and how to get to that better place – for both the governance of all your information and to make the business better. It starts by validating what you have, finding that above mentioned ROT and being that ‘translator’ between the needs of the business and the needs of proper governance.