I think a valid definition of a financial crisis is: a time where most people, governments and organizations complain about lacking money. Since 2009 there's a lot of complaining about a lack of money, so I guess we're in a financial crisis.
For a longer time though, people, governments and organizations are complaining about an overload of information. They are overwhelmed with information and they need a solution for that. That's where we, information professionals, come in.
Solve the Financial Crisis
Do you realize that we, information professionals, can solve both the financial crisis and the information overload? Gartner, Forrester, MIT and several other institutions have proven over and over again that better information management will lead to higher productivity. Higher productivity will lead to…more money.
Information is Truly the Competitive Edge
You want some practical data to prove this academic statement? Well, Gartner and Forrester have found out that "our" field of expertise (i.e. information management) is the fastest growing
market within the IT market. I guess people are realizing it is a good thing to invest in information management, even in a time of crisis. Or should I say: especially in a time of crisis?
Share Your Knowledge
So what's keeping us from fighting the crisis? Well, we're all feeling comfortable in our own little silo's of web content management, business intelligence, document management, analytics, knowledge management, information retrieval and all other "managements." Information technology is constantly re-inventing itself over shorter time periods, more and more people are adopting these technologies at a rapid speed and we, information professionals, are looking at these trends from our own perspective. I believe we could do so much more.
I think it's time to share some information ourselves. Better even: let's share our knowledge, our experiences, our successes and our failures. Let's share our best practices! Why don't we look at
social media, customer experience marketing, personalization and other trends from a more multidisciplinary point of view?
In a time where many countries produce less and less, I see only one chance of surviving or having a competitive edge: be innovative in the way they manage their information. This will lead to possibilities we cannot even imagine.
TIMAF, The Information Management Foundation, encourages you to share your information management knowledge with other information professionals across the globe. After our
successful last collection of best practices, we plan a new edition for November 2012.
"Information Management Best Practices" is a compilation of high quality best practice guidance, written for and by experts in the Information Management field around the world. It is a bi-yearly library of case studies and derived wisdom that guides professionals through their most challenging activities. It is full of useful knowledge, views and guidelines that will help professionals overcome the information management challenges of contemporary organizations. It brings complex models down to earth, with practical guidance on day-to-day problems and issues.
Send in your Best Practice
If you think you have valuable insights to offer on information management, TIMAF invites you to
submit a proposal with the following information:
- The working title of your article.
- Your name, job title and organizational affiliation
- A one-paragraph statement of the main issue of your article.
- A one-paragraph statement of your solution to the problem.
- An outline of your article that is no longer than one page.
- A sample of your writing (10 pages or more) that shows your style and skill level.
All authors who contribute to the guide will receive a copy of the eBook (and all other TIMAF
We plan to release Volume 2 in November 2012, so we ask you to get yours in before the end of August 2012.
Please send your proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org.