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.

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Industry, Shmindustry – Information Governance is a Profession

Industry
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?
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Question Regarding “Information as an Asset”

Continuing my work on “information as an asset,” I ran across this definition (from Investopedia):

“An asset is anything of value that can be converted into cash.”

While I’m finding overwhelming consensus that information deserves asset status, I’ve yet to find a generally accepted theory for quantifying its value. (Or any theory, for that matter!) Is this because it can’t be directly monetized? I’d love to get your take, in the comments below and/or via social media. Thanks!

ECM and Washing Machines: A Little Forethought Goes a Long Way

Returning from a crazy stretch of travel, I learned that the household washing machine was on the fritz. Too many hours of research and shopping later, we ordered an expensive but hopefully heavier-duty, longer-lasting appliance than its myriad predecessors.

With delivery set for tomorrow, today is the day I must prepare my legacy unit for retirement. I’ve done this dozens of times, so I figure an hour at most to unplug the power cord, disconnect the hot and cold water hoses, and move some furniture to accommodate the replacement unit.

What could possibly go wrong?

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