Well here we are in 2011, not only a new year but a new decade and I wish for all of you, the very best for the future. The entering of a new year brings about many things. We hear resolutions being made and pundit predictions of all sorts ranging from the state of world affairs to technology. Over the Holidays, I was often asked what I think the future holds for us and thought I would share my prediction with you this very day. In fact, not only will I share my predictions for 2011, I will extend it through the decade since it is after all, the beginning of a new decade. So without further delay, here is my prediction for 2011 and beyond. Change is coming!
Now I could be wrong, but it is unlikely. You see change is inevitable. Unless time and all things as we know them come to a screeching halt, change is coming. What kind of change is a whole other matter and it will come in many forms. Technology will evolve and we may even see something revolutionary as opposed to evolutionary. Legislation will change the way we need to conduct business and new regulatory guidelines will be put in place adding new levels of compliance to be met. Security and tighter controls over our information management practices will increase and governance over appropriate use of social media for business purposes will take center stage. All of this and more are areas that will be impacted by change. The question is how well we adapt and adopt these changes.
In my view, change is a good thing when we prepare for it and accept the need for change. Many organizations are now moving in directions to make them more flexible and adaptable to meet the changing demands of their current and future customers. The global workplace is a reality with knowledge workers and expertise available 24/7 from around the globe. Technology is advancing and the capabilities expanding beyond what many dreamed possibly just a short decade ago. So as I stated earlier, I predict that change is coming. If you believe this to be true, the time is now to prepare and address how you will deal with change. If you think I am wrong…
If you are ready to prepare but not sure where to begin or what to do next, seek professional assistance and/or training to get you started.
What say you? Do you have a story to tell? What are your thoughts on this topic? What is on your mind? Do you have a topic of interest you would like discussed in this forum? Let me know.
Bob Larrivee, Director and Industry Advisor – AIIM
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