Information Governance

Information Governance: Risk & Value

In Information Governance there is inherently a balance of risk versus value related to information. As what Robert Smallwood has called a “super-discipline1” and Dean Gonsowski has called an “umbrella concept2”, Information Governance spans many disciplines and provides guidance and strategy for all organizational information.

What Information Governance must do is inform disciplines in two arenas of information: disciplines that protect the organization from the potential damage that information can wreak, and disciplines that enhance the organization by extracting value from information.

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Throwing Technology At Information Governance Efforts

Information Governance stands atop many other disciplines as a "super-discipline" or an "umbrella concept" depending upon who you ask. As such, it fulfills, primarily, a strategic role within organizations. That strategic role is often one that didn't exist previously or existed in "pockets" in an organization (think legal departments and Records Management departments).

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Seven tips in building an information governance strategy

Companies are easily overwhelmed by the prospect of developing an information governance strategy. And they should be. It's a daunting task. But it's far easier to take on an IG plan if you have mapped out the steps along the way. To do so, you have to get big picture and think about the broader goals of the business, then translate those goals into action-oriented milestones in your IG strategy.

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