I had considered another week of Big Data as a key theme for this Blog Post, especially after reading this interesting article from Tom Davenport; http://www.zdnet.com/tom-davenport-big-data-is-too-important-to-be-left-to-the-quants-7000013317/ ) It reminded me of web development and those early days of coders being king (I spent a great deal of my early career coding HTML and other wonderous languages that built the earliest iterations of the internet).
Big Data relies on analysts, statisticians and other suitably big brained folk to extract, manipulate and create information that is consumable by business decision makers and I have wondered for some time how long this will remain the case as new technology slowly proliferates the business environment that enables business decision makers to undertake queries and analysis through more usable interfaces, something akin to the wysiwyg interface for website design.
The article is worth a read and is certainly food for thought if analysis and analytics is your thing. In terms of relevance to the world of IRMS members, it bought me back to the fundamentals of good Governance; regardless of the analytics or the processes that use information and data, the reliability and integrity of information is the critical to its usefulness and the principles of good information and records management practice is what provides the appropriate degree of assurance of the integrity of information used in our business processes.
This also played out in a discussion on one of our new blogs, this time the Blog of the South West Group who’d opened invitations from their network to suggest agenda items for their forthcoming meeting, the current front-runners for discussion are
- Sharepoint as a solution for Records and Information Management,
- Retention, Destruction and Disposal,
- Providing User Guidance and Awareness Raising.
What’s interesting here is that these same topics have been present as a challenge for business and organisations for as long as I have been a Information and Records Management professional (albeit the Sharepoint aspect is technology specific, the EDRM/Shared Network/Personal Network Drive/Local Storage etc. challenges have been kicking around for a while!).
I’ll be attending this meeting and will be interested to hear the discussions around their agenda items and of course I will be reporting back.
I’d encourage any of our members to participate in local and specialist Group events (and if you’re not a member, our groups always open their doors to guests if you get in touch with the chair and register your attendance). These meetings are always a fabulous opportunity for interesting and rich debate on all things that impact our affect the world of Information and Records Management and are also a fantastic opportunity to meet likeminded people and learn from their experience as well as collaborate on shared challenges.
Emily Overton is the Groups Director and is doing a great deal of work supporting the Groups and promoting their work along with the Groups Officer, Scott Sammon. This week they’re attending the IRMS Ireland Group Meeting which is focussed on Data Protection from the perspectives of the Private and Public Sectors, more details of their meeting can be found on the IRMS Ireland Blog. Its also worth keeping an eye on the Group Blogs for any follow up from the meeting and also minutes and presentations for those unable to attend.
We are planning to introduce a feed to the homepage of the IRMS Website that aggregates all of our blog posts so that you can be confident that you won’t miss out on content, we’re hoping this will be available in the next month or so. You won’t miss it on the homepage and I’ll be sure to mention it in the weekly post here.