Employees are being buried under a mountain of electronic data, forcing them to spend hours searching for relevant information and sapping their productivity. In what one in-house counsel called “the money slide,” good records-turned-information-governance programs enable employees to easily sort out the important and useful from the old, unimportant and useless. Good policies drive effective strategies that increase overall employee productivity and boost profitability

The above quote comes from an Inside Counsel article entitled, “Records management might be a career dead-end, but information governance is not” courtesy of my LinkedIn connection Mark Graves, CIP.

As you can tell by the title the author does not have a high view of records management. He goes on to state:

While traditional records management may be somewhat limiting, a larger information governance program that address not only policies but also execution, defensible disposition, information access, discovery and privacy compliance may paradoxically offer career-enhancing opportunities

I agree that records management is more limited then information governance, but what the author fails to mention is that everything he lists as information governance is a function of a more mature records management. Records management when it matures and reaches its full potential will by nature morph into information governance. No, records management is not a dead end path, but a path that will eventually merge with content management, knowledge management, big data and other tenets of information management to forge a new road for information governance.

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