Once again, experts came from far and wide to offer their advice on our featured topic of the month: Information Management Agility. If you blinked or missed a beat, here's a nice little wrap-up of what we've got so far.

What is Information Management Agility?

For starters, let's talk about what exactly Information Management Agility is. Our own infinitely wise (she didn't tell me to say that) Barb Mosher wrote a great intro piece to the concept here

Information makes the business world go 'round. We create it, gather it, sift it and use it to make all decisions. With ever present competitive pressures, wide access to global markets and the ups and downs of our economy (to name a few things) it has become imperative that we look at our information as a strategic asset, and put in place tools and strategies to use it intelligently. This is what information management agility is all about.

Guidance from the Experts

  • Harvest Your Silos, Don't Smash Them: Information Agility with Open Standards. Vendor lock-in is no longer the biggest problem organizations face. Thanks to open standards, like CMIS, we can stop worrying about information silos and focus our attention on avoiding content lock-in.
  • What the Past Can Teach Us About Information Management Agility. Information Management Agility is a simple concept, but a tricky one to execute. It requires foresight, sustained vision, and the willingness to learn from the lessons of the past. As any grade school teacher will tell you, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  
  • Mobile: The Next Frontier for Enterprise Content Management. Mobile is the next great frontier for ECM. It's also going to be incredibly disruptive. Here's why.
  • Will the Future of Enterprise 2.0 Follow That of Web Content Management?. Enterprise 2.0 is the latest hot business trend. But where does its future really lie? One only has to look at web content management to see the path.

    A few years ago, when the term Enterprise 2.0 hit the collective business consciousness there was this breathless air of excitement. Of course it made sense — it’s like Web 2.0, only now we’ll do it for businesses. It’s genius, right? The idea of the enterprise using “emergent social software platforms to pursue its goals” (to use Andrew McAfee’s definition) seemed, at the same time, both really familiar and cutting edge.

    So here we are, a few years later: and while the social web has made an unmistakable mark on consumer behavior, calling it Web 2.0 has come and gone. But what of Enterprise 2.0? Well, from recent reports it would seem we’re either convinced that it’s still the “core part of the business application framework” (from the current E2.0 conference overview) or as “Enterprise Irregulars” blogger, and ZDNet writer Dennis Howlett told me last week when I asked him his opinion — “a crock”.
  • The Content Conundrum: Redefining Content Strategy. How do you define content strategy? Do a Google search on content strategy and the results are dominated with web content strategy approaches — from user design, interface, workflow and then yes — even content. As we’ve entered a new era of content, it’s much more than web content management. It’s all encompassing for every company or government organization — no matter what size. A strategy looks at how to apply content as a critical business asset to achieve business goals.
  • Intense Findability at the Intersection of Content, Community and Context. Do you ever find yourself wondering why it's easier to find content on the internet than in your own organization? Maybe you need a Findability Strategy. Here's a look at how you can define yours.

Also, if Information Management Agility really does it for you, you should check out our expert pieces from last week: