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Why should an organization care about records management? When users throughout all departments are creating new records without a thought to how they are cataloged or tagged, the sprawl of records can become a real threat. Unstructured data can lead to compliance issues for highly regulated industries. When proper records management isn’t a top priority, content that should have been disposed of for security purposes is left vulnerable for anyone to find and distribute.
Records and Information Management (RIM) is constantly changing and evolving as record managers begin to realize the benefits of automation in their daily operations. In my 6 years of consulting, I have seen everything from heavily manual business processes to automated document management solutions. Even as time goes by, information professionals continue to face the long-standing hardship of trying to get end users to comply with either internal or external regulations when it comes to records management. Lately, there has been an apparent shift from ridged business centric solutions to end user centric solutions.
Once a year, members in the records management community come together for ARMA’s annual conference to discuss the latest advancements and best practices for modern information managers. ARMA, the global authority of information management and governance, hosted this year’s conference, ARMA InfoCon, in Nashville, TN. While attendees were not in the typical “record” industry that Nashville is known for, the location called for a great mix of music and information management knowledge.
This is Part 2 in a series about creating and executing an effective file plan for your organization. Click here to read the previous post: Creating a Retention Schedule that Works.
There has been a spotlight on the Kansas Open Records Act (KORA) in the media lately, largely due to recent violations. Under KORA, any individual can request public records from government bodies. If all requested records are not provided within in a specific timeframe, these organizations are subject to significant repercussions. This is merely one example of a ‘sunshine law’. The purpose of sunshine laws is to provide transparency into government agencies by giving the public access to local government proceedings.
Creating a usable, automated, and simple file plan is an important part of ensuring records are managed in a consistent manner and that you are protected from legal risks, such as failure to disclose information during a discovery proceeding or the unauthorized leakage of information. The first step in the process is creating a retention schedule, which outlines how long records are kept in accordance with the organization’s obligations and the law.
Sprawling content, the spread of content across multiple repositories, has been a thorn in the side of records managers since the dawn of document management. Consolidation of repositories, which began in the early 2000s, at first looked to be the solution. However, it ended up highlighting the problems of content sprawl due to the high costs of consolidation as well as need for records managers to manage multiple file plans. Federated records management offers a solution to these problems but doesn’t offer the same locked-down approach with regards to regulation that consolidation can. Consolidation of repositories and federated records management both have pros and cons and, depending on your organization’s content management processes and repositories, one can be more beneficial than the other in the long term.
Storing vital information across various repositories can get complicated and daunting, a burden that is all too often placed upon the end-users. As your organization has grown, odds are the number of places or repositories to store your content has grown proportionally, if not at a greater rate. If you’re having trouble managing all your content in various repositories, implementing a federated management system can help. No longer would it be necessary to go through multiple complicated processes to locate, dispose of, or otherwise manage documents and records. Letting a federated records management system simplify your content allows for your organization to be more efficient.
We're excited for this year's SharePoint Conference, which will be held next week in Las Vegas, Nevada. We'll be at booth #308 helping IT professionals understand how all the unique components of an information management strategy should fit together. Come by and create your ideal Lego information manager at our booth!
I have spoken before about the parallels of the transition of the SAP Application Database to SAP HANA and the gorgeous and dangerous road to Hana in Maui. The actual road to Hana is listed as last on BMWBlog.com’s list of “Five most dangerous roads in the world,” but it still made the list! The hairpin turns and the drop-offs are part of the reason, although another large part is the ability to get distracted by the views.