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Records Management News & Analysis

The SharePoint Information Governance Problem

The SharePoint Information Governance ProblemIf you have any experience with SharePoint as a document management platform today, you know that most organizations struggle to use it effectively. You’re also likely familiar with the negative impacts that typically result from using SharePoint ineffectively: a proliferation of sites, often on a proliferation of SharePoint versions, with no clear standards on what documents should (and shouldn’t) be stored there or how, no clear guidelines for users on how to classify their documents, little to no capabilities for promoting effective information lifecycle management, little to no end user governance or oversight for things like site and document library structures, security and access settings, or document hygiene, and dozens, hundreds or even thousands of orphaned sites that, taken together, represent a digital landfill of staggering proportions.

What BeyondRecognition Brings to Document Management

Ever heard of BeyondRecognition? If not, the time to learn is now. The Chantilly, Va.-based "document textnology" software provider offers document managers an alternative to optical character recognition (OCR), while delivering results with accuracy and speed.

You're Getting Information Management Wrong

You're Getting Information Management WrongSince paper free in ’93, we’ve heard that we’re on the cusp of solving the information management (IM) problem, yet time and time again we keep getting it wrong and dashing all those high hopes in the process. So what’s going on?

Businesses Should Manage Records - Not 'Keep Everything'

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Many businesses claim they have been busy over the past two years developing and implementing records and information management strategies. But scratch the surface and you find many of those strategies aren't especially effective.

Blame a lack of employee engagement, a lack of commitment at the management level and the absence of meaningful ways to measure the strengths and weaknesses of these efforts.

Clean Up SharePoint Legacy Content

Cleaning Up SharePoint Legacy ContentThe idea of cleaning up legacy SharePoint content is daunting. Organizations often place cleanup under the “Nice to Do” column as opposed to the “Must Do” column.

Why not leverage in-house resources? Legacy SharePoint cleanup is a perfect task for the Records Management (RM) department. Reviewing data and applying retention to it are two of our key responsibilities. 

What the NSA Can Teach Us about Finding Documents: 6 Tips on Metadata

NSAmetadata.jpgHow come the NSA knows who I spoke to last Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. and for how long, yet I can’t find the phone number of a colleague I called last night?

It’s simple -- metadata.

A Record Manager's Takeaways from LegalTech 2014

A Record Manager's Takeaways from LegalTech 2014The 2014 LegalTech conference began and ended with its signature hoopla and fanfare: Sessions were attended, parties were had, prize giveaways happened -- most notably one which involved a group of vendors pooling resources to underwrite a cherry red Mercedes Benz for a lucky winner (not me). LegalTech has truly become the Academy Awards for law firm administrative types.

Look Out Box, EMC Syncplicity, IBM: Could $250M Fill Dropbox's Enterprise Gap?

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Dropbox wants to be the cloud solution enterprises turn to for online file sharing, but there’s a problem. At many companies, workers are prohibited from accessing the service. “It’s blocked,” were the two words we heard most often this morning when we asked a few dozen people to enter the site from their offices.

This is both a problem and an opportunity for Drew Houston, co-founder and CEO of Dropbox. And if reports are correct, he has a big pile of cash to throw at it.

Is Box Crossing the Chasm?

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You can bet that Box boss Aaron Levie felt pinch-yourself good yesterday when he discovered that his company’s new iPhone and iPad app was No. 10 on the list of top (free) apps in the App store. It’s worth noting, that as of this writing the app is at No.9

For anyone who doesn’t understand how impressive this is, at that moment, it was more popular than Clash of Clans, Skype for iPad — and it rivaled Netflix. It’s astonishing  when any kind of Enterprise app ever hits the top 50 list, let alone one that was created nine years ago by two guys who hadn’t yet finished college (Levie still hasn’t)  and knew very little about the Enterprise world when they started.

Box claims a “founded in the dorm room” story that contains, within it, a sexy twist. The company’s co-founder, Dylan Smith provided the company with 20k in startup funding which he won gambling online. Both Levie and Smith have yet to hit 30.

4 Steps to an Effective Enterprise Information Management Business Case

4 Steps to an Effective Enterprise Information Management Business CaseThe most interesting trend I saw last year from the perspective of our content technologies consulting practice was the increase in clients asking us -- rather than vice versa -- to provide them with an enterprise information management (EIM) strategy (rather than an enterprise content management, records management, content management, business process management, e-discovery, mobile, social content, or any combination therein strategy). Two things surprised me about this trend.

Beyond Fire Drills: Applying Lean Principles to Information Governance

Beyond Fire Drills: Applying Lean Principles to Information GovernanceToo many organizations equate "information governance" with "information lock-down." This is a mistake.

Risk mitigation shouldn’t be the only factor driving your information governance strategy.

 

CMSWire's Top 20 Hits of 2013: SharePoint

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SharePoint was one of the topics that attracted a lot of interest in the past year — and just as much controversy. It seems everyone has a view on it and how it should be used. 

However, there were three big subjects that dominated, and make up the lion’s share of our Top 20 this year: 1) SharePoint Online 2) SharePoint and Yammer and 3) SharePoint in Office 365. There were other issues too, like records management, search and how search is being used in the enterprise.

CMSWire's Top Contributors 2013 - Mimi Dionne

mdionne.jpgSome people think jazz improvisation is a free for all -- every musician doing his own thing. But the freedom to create is based on knowledge, discipline and structure -- which may account for Mimi Dionne's finding inspiration in Miles Davis's work to become an information professional. Mimi brings order to digital records chaos and writes about the process for all to learn with her.

CMSWire's Top 10 Hits of 2013: Information Management

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Information management is the poor cousin to customer experience management and digital marketing. It's often overlooked as enterprises focus on other areas of strategic concern. But that's a mistake, as many of the authors on CMSWire have pointed out over the past year.

In 2013, a number of our stories explored the problems organizations are facing now and will face in the near future. If they made one thing clear, it is that information management is in a state of flux. Enterprises need to explore new ways to make the best use of this vital and commercially valuable asset. Need to catch up? Take a look at the Top 10 CMSWire stories on information management in the past year.

Cloudera's Enterprise Data Hub Rises to the Call of Amazon's AWS

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Someone joked at Strata and Hadoop World earlier this year that Cloudera was ahead of its time when it chose its name. “You should have called it On-premise era,” said the would-be comedian, referring to the fact that Cloudera and most other enterprise-grade Hadoop distros live in the data center.

That joke becomes a little less funny today when Cloudera announces that its Enterprise Data Platform is now certified and available for deployment on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud.

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