Are Organizations Using IG Steering Committees?
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In our previous look inside last year’s IGI Annual Report 2015-2016, the industry’s most comprehensive research on information governance (IG) as a concept, profession, and market, we discussed IG leadership trends. Today, we take a look at IG steering committees. Are organizations using them to build support for IG?
As a coordinating function, IG success depends on communication and cooperation among the people representing the separate information disciplines or facets at an organization. IG steering committees are essential. But do most organizations have them, today?
About a third do. While this is a good start, it is not enough, and we recommend that practitioners view this as a critical component of their IG programs and take action to develop even an informal group like this.
If your organization does not have a formal body for making IG decisions, consider forming one soon. Remember this must ultimately be tailored to fit the information environment of your organization. Also consider the state of maturity of the facets of IG. Are all necessary facets in place and are they mature enough to meaningfully participate in the committee? You may need to lay some groundwork in these areas before the committee can be useful. Finally, you will need a leader for the committee or some other way of implementing its suggestions.
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