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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.
Later this month, records and information management professionals in the D.C. area will be gathering for the Digital Government Institute's 15th annual E-Discovery, Records & Information Management Conference & Expo. This event will focus on the best ways to securely store, access and manage important government records.
Over the past couple of years, we have seen organizations make a fundamental shift towards storing and managing their records in the cloud. As the internet continues to become the primary platform for conducting business, with collaborative tools and instant accessibility, the cloud makes increasingly more sense as the default location for data and records. And, with its low cost of ownership, effortless implementation, and ability to integrate with multiple repositories, many industry observers affirm that cloud-based records management is quickly becoming the new standard. Though fears persist, it is clear that on-premises solutions do not offer the security, coverage, or collaboration capabilities modern businesses seek to achieve.
SharePoint and Office 365 are the ideal platform for enterprise collaboration, and offer some enterprise-grade information governance features. The Microsoft platform provides excellent value on its own, but can easily be extended with third-party software to enable IG and records management features that provide industry leading compliance from within a system users can already understand.