Information Governance is NOT Records Management
I just read a paper by a well-known analyst, which I won’t get into any more specifics. The gist of the paper was that Information Governance was actually Records Management. My real point is that information governance is not records management. In alignment with a survey white paper we did, the general feedback was that most people really didn’t understand information governance. Or, perhaps, weren’t tying the dots together. Information governance was viewed as a bottom-up approach where specific applications fell under the broad umbrella of information governance, but these day-to-day applications that were critical business functions, took precedent. I totally understand that. The perception was that Information Governance was piecemeal, not an enterprise approach. I have thoughts on that but won’t get into right now.
To get back to the analyst report, there is certainly confusion in the minds of many folks on exactly what is information governance, is it important and is it justified in terms of scope, dollars, and time? Education for all of us, or most of us, is certainly needed, unless I have missed something and information governance and records management are equivalents.