Member Spotlight: Shukra Kichambare

By Boshia Smith posted 01-06-2021 15:09


Meet our first member spotlight for the year 2021!  Shukra is a Governance Manager at Cummins, Inc.  He's looking forward to one thing we may all have in common and that's the COVID vaccine!

Name: Shukra Kichambare
Information Governance and Privacy IT Manager
Company: Cummins Inc.

Where do you live in? Columbus Indiana

How long have you worked in information management? 5.5 years

What does your work entail?  

  • As the Information Governance Manager, my work focuses on defining how we manage information from cradle to grave, from creation to archiving.
  • This includes overseeing the design, development, and ongoing management of frameworks, tools, communications, processes, and training.
  • As part of this program, I also oversee work supporting Data Privacy, Data Classification, Enterprise File Sync, and Share and File Analysis/Auto-classification

Do you have company support?

  • Cummins fully supports our initiatives both at the leadership levels and through multiple functions at the grassroots.
  • More importantly, it is critical to partner with leaders. I consider it a privilege to work with a stellar team of professionals who tirelessly support the goal of their respective pillars, be it data classification and protection, data privacy, or electronic and hard copy records management.

How are you helping drive the goals of your office through your work?

  • Through our work, we are enabling savings through appropriate retention measures, and not “KEF” – Keeping Everything Forever, translating to real savings both in the electronic and hard copy records spaces
  • We are also shining a spotlight on Privacy by Design, whereby we have injected Information Governance into key lifecycle stages of all IT applications
  • Another example is Digitization: We are enabling going paperless by showing a business case for going paperless, and have introduced measures and controls to manage this process with minimal intervention
  • Last but most critical, we advise internal stakeholders on the classification of our most important information assets, may it be mergers or acquisitions, or just a new application.

What has been the biggest success in your career in information management? 

  • There are many that come to mind, but undoubtedly the biggest is the awareness amongst our thousands of employees around Information Governance. 5 years back, we were speaking a different language than the rest of the organization; today we all speak the same when it comes to retention, classification, protection of information.

What’s your current biggest work challenge?

I would think that would have to be the coming together of content (Unstructured) and data (Structured) in new-age systems. Information straddled across both structured and unstructured worlds are joining forces to create a massive product, but are governed and organized differently today – how can we look at these two spaces as one?

What does Intelligent Information Management mean to you?

To me, Intelligent Information Management means when an information asset comes into an environment, it is understood by the systems, tagged for sensitivity, knows when it is needed (served), knows where to live, and knows when to die (archive) – this would be true for every single data or content asset. Lots of AI sprinkled in, but still providing efficiencies of scale.

It is not easy – there are several very smart and committed people working in the background to make it intelligent. But looking at the efforts in this space, I have no doubt we will get there in this decade.

What are the top 3 things you are looking to get from your AIIM membership? 

Networking, knowledge sharing, and conviction of the profession and skills. Information Management is a very unique and niche field and I look forward to the interactions with the members and to know what is happening in the vendor space.

What’s one thing you’re looking forward to in 2021?

For certain the vaccine 😊 is on everyone’s minds.

Closer to AIIM, I am hopeful of attending the conference (either a physical, digital, or hybrid variation) or a local chapter meeting, sometime in 2021. Looking forward to what we all can achieve together in 2021.

What is your end goal and how do you think we can help you achieve it? 

My end goal is to provide superior service of value to my employer and responsibilities, along with personal growth – like everyone else, I am committed to both goals. AIIM helps achieve both these goals, not only by continuing to churn out valuable content enhancing my skills, but also breaking barriers for a professional like me, to network and grow my knowledge base.