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Factors that drive solid records management

Though high-level records management principles are going to be similar across the globe, the type of specific policies a particular organization puts in place will depend heavily on the business sector(s) and geographic regions in which they are active, as well as their own actual levels of commitment (by both management and staff), allocated resources and perceived legal risk. Mitigating legal risk Certainly, many instances still exist in which some organizations think about retention in terms of a very narrow “documentation management” model (i.e. storage focused rather than process focused), which falls short of meeting regulatory or performance expectations. Organizations can even be fully aware of the benefits of good records management but feel that setting up a formal and committed records management structure is a hassle and that the benefits don’t outweigh the costs or effort involved

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A Two-Tiered Governance Structure for Records and Information Management (RIM) - Including Electronic Records Management (ERM)

An Electronic Records Management (ERM) Program should typically form part of a broader enterprise-wide Records and Information Management (RIM) Program in an organization that includes management records of all media (hard-copy, electronic) enterprise-wide. A RIM governance structure should have a senior management owner or “champion” (depending upon how defined in the organization) as well as the head of the RIM function



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Leadership Vacuum for Records Management?

With a 30 year view of records management as a practitioner in private and public sectors, educator, consultant, and now blogger, I think the bigger risk is a lack of leadership for records and information management at C-levels of organizations

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Corporate Governance is Finally Becoming a Reality -- Thanks to eDiscovery

For the first time, visitors sought proactive information management, enterprise information archiving, legacy information clean-up, defensible disposal, data monitoring for internal investigations such as non-compliance, early fraud detection and other intelligent governance tools. The focus is shifting away from solely limiting risks and costs on specific matters, but looking to use the software for better knowledge management and to assist an organization to implement its strategic goals. For most vendors, the marketing focus has remained squarely on reactive eDiscovery solutions for the simple reason that these generated most revenue and closed many times faster than traditional Governance, Archival and other Information Management solutions

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