Keeping Up With Records Management Trends

Victoria McClurg

As technology continues to evolve at a rapid rate, records and information management practices need to develop to meet changing demands. Keeping up with records management trends is imperative to maximize the value of your records and information management strategy. What can we expect in the world of records and information management in 2017?

Information Governance Is a Priority

In the 2016-2017 Cohasset Associates and ARMA International Information Governance Benchmarking Survey 85% of respondents indicated that they have a records and information management (RIM) program, but only 25% have developed a strategy to enable the transformation from RIM to information governance (IG).

Organizations are overloaded by growing volumes of information, but businesses also need to find a way to streamline their approach to records management.

Automation and Records Management

With the continual evolution of technology, businesses will need solutions for managing the demands of different types of media and changing regulations. An automated approach to records and information management may allow enterprises to adapt more rapidly. Enterprises should include automation in their IG practices and apply automated processes to other information types.

Enterprise-Wide IG Policies

51% of respondents to the 2016-2017 Benchmarking Survey indicated that the implementation of enterprise-wide IG policies is either underway or a priority. Not only does an established IG strategy protect an organization from risk, it also provides value.

Traditional records management practices will always be important, but it’s also necessary to stay abreast of changing demands. Professional development can make a huge difference. Make learning part of your records and information management culture. All employees involved in records and information management should have access to information about what’s going on in the industry. As IG is reliant on stakeholder buy-in, provide ample opportunities for key stakeholders to learn about the current threats and opportunities. Records and inforation managers may want to look into joining the ranks of the more than 150 certified information governance professionals.

Keeping up with records management trends will greatly benefit your organization in the future.

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