Information governance: A business imperative

Without an effective information governance (IG) framework in place, your organisation will struggle to fulfil its regulatory requirements. But a robust IG strategy also provides broad business benefits, minimising risks and actively enhancing performance, innovation and growth.

 

What is information governance?

Information governance is a relatively new term within the information management world and its definition is open to debate.

While commonly associated with the use of SharePoint, IG is about much more than technology. It’s generally seen as a multi-disciplinary business function that encompasses and impacts on:

  • Records management
  • Information management
  • Compliance and privacy
  • IT and corporate governance
  • Information security/protection
  • Enterprise search and portals
  • Enterprise knowledge/content management
  • Document management and archiving
  • Business continuity, backup and disaster recovery
  • E-Discovery

Information governance is ultimately about improving the value of the information used within an organisation, safeguarding its integrity and minimising risks through integrated systems, processes, and standards. It’s about taking ownership and responsibility for your organisation’s information.

A strong IG framework ensures information is managed efficiently, hence its association with SharePoint – an effective IG strategy prevents orphaned or unused content remaining in SharePoint. However, IG goes much further than that, providing significant big-picture business benefits.

 

How you can benefit from our IG expertise

Many organisations don’t have a formal information governance strategy in place, which means they are inevitably underperforming. Equally, and of even greater concern, it also leaves them and their sensitive information open to preventable security risks.

Our information governance experts can ensure you have a robust, over-arching information governance framework in place that will optimise security and performance across your organisation, which facilitates:

  • Better, faster decision making, based on reliable information
  • Innovation and growth, because new trends can be identified promptly
  • More effective marketing, with the faster, smarter introduction of new products and services