Welcome to the November/December 2017 issue of Information Management
Not only must information management (IM) professionals manage seemingly countless records every day, they must also keep an eye on what might happen next. Always looming are the unsettling questions that begin with “What if…?” In this issue of Information Management, our authors speak to four distinct aspects of what might happen and therefore what IM professionals should prepare for. For example, “‘What if’” my organization is using or thinking about using blockchain?” We’re interested in knowing what your organization’s plans are for this technology; please answer our one-question poll to tell us. You can also take or check the results of previous polls at http://imm.explorearma.org/RIM_Polls.
Victoria L. Lemieux, Ph.D., CISSP
Blockchain and distributed ledger technology promise to deliver trusted and immutable records in a wide variety of use cases. In a relatively short time, it has become the innovation to watch, according to just about every technology research and advisory firm, global consultancy, and international think tank. Is this just hype, or will this technology really deliver?
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Fellows Forum Series
Galina Datskovsky, Ph.D., CRM, FAI
This article outlines a defensible strategy for securing assets based on information governance (IG) principles, and it suggests how IG and information security professionals can work together for a more secure and productive enterprise.
Amy Van Artsdalen, IGP, CRM
According to “Why Records Management?” from Professional Records & Information Services Management International, 90% of businesses are unable to continue beyond two years when their vital records are destroyed. This is why every organization must have a vital records program. Get started with this article.
J. Edwin Dietel, J.D.
Because of its significant value to the organization, tacit knowledge – the expertise that resides in employees’ minds but not in their employer’s records even though it would be valuable if recorded – should be captured.
Seven years after her comprehensive primer on archival theory and practice was published, Laura Millar wrote what “turned out not to be a tweak around the edges but a fundamental ‘rewrite of this book.’”
Patricia C. Franks, Ph.D., IGP, CRM, CA, FAI
Robert Johnson’s unique, laser-like focus on information disposition provides guidance that anyone with this responsibility can put to immediate use to comply with current laws, regulations, and policies.