View From AIIM17: New Blood or Fresh Meat?

Like so many others, I have lots of nice things to say about last week’s AIIM17 conference in Orlando, FL. Energy levels were high, sessions were engaging, exhibitors seemed happy, and a good time was had by all.

However, rather than write yet another trip report on the subject (links to some are listed below), let me instead focus on one statistic AIIM kept bandying about: just under half of its attendees were first-timers.

I can’t decide if this is good news or bad. (more…)

CIP Dies, Then Gets Better: What This InfoPro Thinks About That

A bit over a week ago, AIIM International decided to fold its Certified Information Professional (CIP) program into its existing educational structure. Then last Thursday, the organization reversed course, not only staying with the certification but announcing a v2.0 will be launched at its 2016 event.

As the face of the CIP’s free overview videos, I’ve been deluged with messages asking for my take on these moves, and I’m happy now to share my thoughts. Just remember that I do not sit on the AIIM Board and have no direct knowledge of how these decisions were made. (more…)

Industry, Shmindustry – Information Governance is a Profession

noun | in·dus·try | \ˈin-(ˌ)dəs-trē\
: the process of making products by using machinery and factories
: a group of businesses that provide a particular product or service
– Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Those of us in “the industry” love to talk about the leading players in “the industry,” latest trends in “the industry,” and where “the industry” will be in two years, five years, ten years. This is all well and good, but I have a question:

Just what the heck “industry” are we talking about?
And by definition, are we even in an “industry” at all?

Information Governance and the Rolled Up Newspaper

Yes, I know this headline reads something like the title of a Hardy Boys mystery, but it reflects an interesting sidebar that surfaced during yesterday’s AIIM-led #infochat on information governance – much of which centered on the need for training and awareness-building.

As the conversation unfolded, we participants found ourselves softly debating the need for, and overlaps among, formal training, organizational culture change, and the role of policy enforcement when it comes to the need to treat enterprise information with the care it deserves as a fundamental organizational asset.