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Differences Between Information Governance and Records Management

, The Legal Intelligencer


Given the exploding volume of data that organizations in the United States create and store, and the steady diet of compliance, data security, privacy and discovery obligations they face, information governance is garnering a lot of attention these days.

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What's being said

  • I would agree that Records Management goals and aims are typically the same as the Information Governance managers as Don Skubsky suggests, however I believe there is a transformation which is creating the new role and title of Information Governance Manager due to the expansion of the role of the traditional record manager to an Information Governance Manager. This does not diminish the role of the record manager but points to the expanded responsibilities required to meet the markets demand. This shift in responsibilities is largely due to the exponential growth of electronic information. The stakes are very high given this proliferation of information of data, both physical and electronic. The expanding role of the Information Governance Manger requires a multidisciplinary approach and political dexterity to navigate in the Large Enterprise and Middle market companies today. These new skills sets required is an imperative that has been driven directly from the C-Suite. Like every other profession the skills required today are going to be different than what is required in the future. I think the article is an excellent summary of that shift and changes taking place in the Information Management profession.

  • Carol P. Garnham, CRM, ermm

    Regional Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Lead, Southern Health-Santé Sud, and

    ARMA Int‘l Winnipeg Chapter Board Member

    The simple fact that information governance and records management are getting increased facetime is fabulous. The authors make many good points in their article. However, the comment "Think of information governance as information life-cycle management, a holistic discipline that addresses creation, use, storage, search and retrieval, security, retention and disposition of a company‘s information assets." made me do a double take and reach for a somewhat dusty text on my bookshelf.

    Albiet the title is not reflective of the current industry lingo, many of the concepts remain strong and relevant in Information and Records Management, Robek, Brown, Stephens, Fourth Edition, 2002. If one turns to page seven, the Life Cycle Concept is conveyed in each of its stages.

    ARMA Int‘l has Chapters worldwide and offers a wealth of information about Information Governance and Records and Information Management, regardless of medium, throughout its Life Cycle.

    I invite you to visit www.arma.org for more information.

    Sincerely, Carol

  • Donald Skupsky, JD, CRM, President, Informaiton Requirements Clearinghouse

    Thanks for the article. While we all agree information governance is important, you make it sound like this is a brand new concept equate records management to only records retention. Actually, records management has always includes the creation, maintenance and disposition of records and information, regardless of form -- not just records retention and disposition. Unfortunately, records management programs rarely achieved this goal especially in recent times when much of the electronic information is managed by the IT groups. Thus, information governance is no more that what records and information management always aimed to be. Changing the name of the task or goal does not produce the desired result. But, organization commitment and cooperation just might.

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