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IGI Celebrates 2nd Anniversary During Legaltech Week

Flashback to February 2015. Our team sat down the week after Legaltech New York exhausted and wondered how much better could it be then to celebrate a successful first year during one of the biggest legal technology events of the year.

Well year 2 is even better. The weather even cooperated.

We began the week on February 2nd with a session sponsored by IGI Charter Supporter Hewlett Packard Enterprise titled Ditch That Data to Mitigate Risk and Reduce Legal Spend featuring our Executive Director, Barclay T. Blair; Mark W. Cowing of Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP; and Michael Simon of Seventh Samurai and moderated by Greg Clark of Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Barclay also spoke that afternoon on Charter Supporter kCura’s session From Ashley Madison to the Sony Hack-Cybersecurity Strategy Best Practices for 2016. The panel also included Judy Selby of Baker Hostetler and John Loveland of Consilio and was moderated by Dean Gonsowski of kCura.

We held our anniversary party that night over 300 guests showed up to join us in our celebrations. Thank you to Guidance Software, Active Navigation, Bryan University, EDRM and Legal Technology Professionals Institute for sponsoring the event. This was the second year Active Navigation and Bryan University joined us to celebrate.

On February 3rd, we were up bright and early with our Advisory Board and Industry Committee members discussing the IGI’s plans for 2016 including our upcoming annual survey, benchmarking interviews, CIGO Summit, IG Boot Camps, and plenty of blogs, white papers, case studies and other publications that you can use for your IG programs.

Following our Advisory Board and Industry Committee meeting was a panel featuring IGI co-founder, Bennett Borden titled Questions and Answers: Analytics for Investigations & Compliance. The panel also featured Avi Gesser of Davis Polk, and Wardwell and Alex Ponce de Leon of Google and moderated by Alexis Clark of Charter Supporter Recommind.

IGI Co-Chair, Jason R. Baron spoke on a panel that afternoon titled The Science of Predictive Coding: How Has TREC Changed E-discovery and What Have We Learned From the 2015 TREC Total Recall Track? Jason’s co-panelists included Ralph Losey of Jackson Lewis and Jim Sullivan of Kroll Ontrack and was moderated by Emily Cobb of Ropes & Gray.

The IGI also held an Executive Dinner that evening at Mastro’s Steakhouse sponsored by IGI Supporters Viewpointe and ZL Technologies. Guests from organizations including NBCUniversal, McKesson Corporation, Baxalta, Wells Fargo and several other stayed late into the evening sharing small and big wins they had over the last year and what challenges and topics they would like to see the IGI address in 2016.

We finished the week on February 4th with a Keynote Panel: Private Network Servers, Deleted Emails & Texts and Other Controversies in the News featuring Jason R. Baron, Edward B. MacMahon, Jr. and the Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin and moderated by Daniel J.Capra of Fordham Law School.

It’s hard to believe we launched the Information Governance Initiative at Legaltech 2014 and we thank you for your continued support over the last two years. We’re looking forward to another great year and can’t wait to celebrate again with you next year.

Don’t forget to join or log in to our online community to check out how far we and the IG community have come.



I am proud to announce that we have grown by 100% since our launch just one year ago. We are humbled and honored that so many great organizations have decided to join us in promoting the practice of Information Governance. We all share the conviction that IG is the best chance that organizations have to truly get their information under control and to maximize its value. That’s why we created the Information Governance Initiative – and why we want you to be a part of it.

The IGI launched with a group of Charter Supporters that included Active Navigation, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Equivio, Fontis International, HP Autonomy, Iron Mountain, kCura, Nuix, OpenText, Recall, Recommind, RSD, ViaLumina, Xerox, and ZyLAB. Our Charter Supporters joined us when the IGI was nothing more than an idea and a promise, and we are pleased that each of them (minus one who was acquired by another) will continue to support us in 2015. Later in 2014 we were also joined by Viewpointe LLC.

Today we are honored to announce the new group of innovative companies that have joined the IGI. Joining us today are DTI, Duff & Phelps, EQD, Exterro, Huron Consulting Group, Kroll OnTrack, and Mindseye. We thank them all for their generous support.

Over the past year our dedicated staff has made great progress in furthering our mission. We published our 2014-2015 Annual Report, the first definitive look at the IG concept, market, and discipline. We talked to hundreds of IG practitioners across the globe. We held our very successful IG Boot Camp events. We spoke around the globe. We launched our online community. We broke bread with dozens of senior IG practitioners and heard about their concerns and successes. We built strong partnerships in big data, e-discovery and health information management. We created an incredible advisory board with representatives from the major facts of IG. We weighed in on important legislative developments. We published IG case studies and white papers. We had online hangouts and webinars. It was a busy year.

This year is going to be even busier, with even more of these activities planned. We will hold our first annual Chief Information Governance Officer Summit in Chicago May 20-21. We are holding Boot Camps and executive dinners across the country. We are launching our Task Force program where we will work with IG practitioners to create real, practical IG tools, starting with a model IG steering committee charter. We have other big announcements planned, so stay tuned.

This week will be a busy week for the IGI and our supporters. We are holding a NYC Boot Camp in partnership with Cardozo Law School. We are having our first anniversary cocktail reception. We are delivering a shorter version of our Boot Camp as part of the LTNY program, meeting with our Industry Committee, and speaking several times. We hope to see you there.




Our Executive Director and Founder, Barclay T. Blair, just published an inside scoop on an information (IG) success story involving IGI Charter Supporter, Active Navigation. Read the full story here.

Striking enough are the basic numbers from this story. Active Navigation is helping its customer, Rio Tinto, a large mining company, address a petabyte of unstructured data spanning numerous continents. So far they have determined that roughly 40% of the data can be deleted or archived, and the customer believes it will realize more than $2 million in cost avoidance and savings to in the first year of the program.

But, even more striking is the deal structure between the two organizations, which is designed to share the risks and rewards. Active Navigation only gets paid for delivering documents meeting the customer’s remediation policy. Could this risk-sharing structure be the approach of the future? Read Barclay’s full piece here, and check out the press release from Active Navigation.



At conferences, meetings, and during the many hours we have spent interviewing IG practitioners for benchmarking interviews for our upcoming IGI 2014 Annual Report, the call has been loud and clear: IG practitioners want and need practical, real world examples of what can be achieved through information governance.

Our message is clear: Information governance success is possible. Our aim is to help organizations achieve it.

There are a host of powerful tools and techniques out there that will help you govern your information. But to tackle information governance, you need to know more than simply what is available. You need to understand how you can implement those tools and techniques in your own organization. You need ideas about how to get started. Our case study series is intended to address these very issues. It is designed to help you and your organization move forward by highlighting IG success stories from the real world.

Our first report in the case study series, Making IG Real: Six Stories from the Front Lines of Information Governance Success, provides several examples from the working files of IGI Charter Supporter, Active Navigation. These stories explore issues including: finding the right time and opportunity to implement an IG program, how IG can be used to clean-up data to remove junk and improve the quality of what is kept, and how IG can be used to better coordinate business functions.

Many organizations resist IG projects because they are concerned about business disruption. But there may be a way to easily avoid the problem. Our first case study showcases organizations that were intelligently opportunistic in the way they used breaks in the normal business cycle to tackle information governance.

  • Learn how the Royal Navy took advantage of the natural break at the end of a ship’s tour of duty and incorporated information governance into the routine maintenance cycle for every returning ship to clean its data and preserve essential military records and information.
  • See how U.S. Central Command implemented IG solutions at the conclusion of a military conflict and produced some of the highest quality records ever submitted to the National Archives and Records Administration.
  • Find out how the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) used the event of a divestiture of a youth center as an opportunity for a records cleanse and a chance to identify specific pieces of intellectual property.
  • Observe how a global oil and gas company amalgamated the data from recently acquired oil platforms into the company’s Engineering Hub while cleansing the data of junk.

But other business events can also present an opportunity to implement an IG strategy:

  • Learn how a massive international mining company used IG to meet the strategic requirement of consolidating global content from 17 separate locations into a SharePoint records repository.
  • Find out how a Tier 2 U.S. based financial services company used an IG program to improve access to data and reduce storage costs.

To read all of the details from these informative case studies, download and read the full report.

Night Skyline


“The most interesting topic of discussion at LegalTech 2014 was not some new technology nor the proposed revisions to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, but the launch of the Information Governance Initiative.”

— The E-Disclosure Information Project

The Information Governance Initiative officially launched on February 3rd, and we would like to thank everyone who participated and took notice. The week of the launch was amazing, with a lot of buzz generated at the LegalTech NY 2014 conference and online. Collectively our leadership team spoke more than a dozen times and participated in many additional events at LTNY (you can see a roundup here). Our website was busy as well, with more than 11,000 page views, 2300 visitors, 1600 views of our videos, and 250 people joining the IGI community.

So, the IGI is off to a great start. But, we need you to help us move information governance forward. Click here to join.


Barclay Blair and Bennet Borden launch a vendor-neutral consortium to advance information governance practices. Saying that the “information governance workforce is nascent—and management responsibility for IG is unclear or unassigned at most organizations,” three activists in the e-discovery circuit will launch a new organization on Feb. 3, the day before LegalTech New York kicks off.


A new group formed recently called the Information Governance Initiative, and its goal is to reform and modernize information governance. According the organization's website, "The Information Governance Initiative is a cross-disciplinary consortium and think tank focused on advancing information governance." One of the group's founders, information governance industry veteran Barclay Blair, told me information governance today is a disaster and his group aims to help organizations get their governance house in order. "Most organizations have very little idea what information they have, where it is or what it is--much less understanding whether it can help or hurt them," Blair told me.


The most interesting topic of discussion at LegalTech 2014 was not some new technology nor the proposed revisions to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, but the launch of the Information Governance Initiative. That is certainly not to dismiss the technology at LegalTech – Equivio launched Equivio Zoom for Information Governance in the same week as the IGI, and Recommind’s Axcelerate 5 made its appearance at LegalTech for example - but the technology is servant to the objectives, and information governance is increasingly seen as the objective which matters; that is why Equivio and Recommind are among the supporters of the IGI.


The Information Governance Initiative (IGI), a cross-disciplinary consortium and think tank focused on advancing information governance (IG), will launch on February 3rd, 2014.


Yesterday, the website for the Information Governance Initiative went live on the Net. Thanks to the head's up from my friend Jason Baron. The Information Governance Initiative is a cross-disciplinary consortium and think tank focused on advancing information governance. It is dedicated to moving forward the adoption of Information Governance practices and technologies through research, publishing, advocacy and peer-to-peer networking. The IGI publishes research, benchmarking surveys, and guidance for practitioners that is freely available on its website. Later this year the IGI will be adding an online community designed to foster discussion and networking among practitioners.


Information governance was big big big. The key point being made by most vendors was “predictive coding is just a class of technology. It is a tool. It can be applied across the board in information governance”. And the goal is obvious: apply these technologies and techniques to information governance in a continuous, day-to-day management of business information. This has certainly been the mantra of Barclay Blair who has a new Information Governance Initiative with a very strong group of industry leaders.


Information Governance (IG) software company Active Navigation Inc. today announced that it is a founding charter sponsor of newly launched think tank the Information Governance Initiative (IGI).  Information governance addresses how organizations use and manage digital information. The IGI will publish research, benchmarking surveys, and guidance for practitioners seeking to advance information governance on its website at www.IGInitiative.com. The research will be freely available and the group will also be adding an online community designed to foster discussion and networking among practitioners.


Everybody who works in eDiscovery, data storage, digital investigation, records management and related fields has one thing in common: we all lament the fact that the organizations we work for store too much information that we don’t need. We know that information holds unidentified business risks. We know it costs too much to store and costs even more when bad things happen. We also know there is significant value trapped in the content of all those human-generated documents and communications.


Recall Holdings Limited, a global leader in transformational information management solutions, today announced its presence as a charter supporter of the Information Governance Initiative (IGI), a cross-disciplinary consortium and think tank focused on advancing information governance. The IGI was founded by recognized leaders in the field of Information Governance, and is supported by leading providers of Information Governance products and services.


RSD, a leading provider of information governance solutions for the enterprise, today announced it is a Charter Supporter of the Information Governance Initiative (IGI) to advance the adoption of information governance. IGI is a cross-disciplinary consortium of industry experts and vendors establishing a think tank focused on advancing IG practices across all vertical industries. The IGI will publish research, benchmarking surveys, and guidance for practitioners as well as provide an online community designed to foster discussion and networking among practitioners of IG.


Participation helps advance the adoption of information governance best practices and technologies. Xerox Litigation Services, the e-discovery division of Xerox (NYSE: XRX), today announced its membership in the Information Governance Initiative (IGI). Xerox was invited to join this organization as one of a select number of service providers.


ZyLAB today announces it is proud to become an active supporter of the Information Governance Initiative (IGI). The Information Governance Initiative is a vendor-neutral industry consortium dedicated to advancing the adoption of Information Governance (IG) practices and technologies through research, publishing, advocacy, education, and peer-to-peer networking. The Initiative is founded based on an urgent need for clarity in the marketplace regarding the contours and implication of IG. The mission of the IGI is to sound the clarion call that current information management practices are unsustainable as IG capabilities have advanced more quickly than awareness of those capabilities amongst practitioners and purchasers.


Three years ago, I sat down in a conference room in Washington, D.C with some really smart people and we quickly realized that we shared a vision for a consortium and think tank devoted to advancing Information Governance. Each of us had seen the incredible value that better information governance could create for their respective clients, but had also witnessed the consequences of information failure first-hand. Without a way for IG practitioners to share their experience across disciplines, it seemed unlikely that the promise of information governance would be fulfilled. Today, thanks to the support of like-minded individuals and organizations, this vision has been realized.


#4. Fashion Show: Jason R. Baron wrapping up a great panel discussion on information governance by putting on his new Information Governance Initiative T-shirt. IG is here to stay. — Judy Selby, partner at Baker & Hostetler, New York.

Jason in IG T-shirt



NEW YORK, NY (February 3, 2014) –The Information Governance Initiative (IGI), a cross-disciplinary consortium and think tank focused on advancing information governance, launched today. The IGI will publish research, benchmarking surveys, and guidance for practitioners on its website at www.IGInitiative.com. The research will be freely available, and the group will also be providing an online community designed to foster discussion and networking among practitioners.

“We believe there is a need for like-minded people to come together and find a better way to use and manage information – a forum for ideas, facts and techniques,” said Barclay T. Blair, founder and executive director of the IGI. “That is why we are launching the Information Governance Initiative.”

Barclay T. Blair and Bennett B. Borden founded the IGI. Blair is the group's executive director, Borden is the organization’s chair, and Jason R. Baron is co-chair. Jay Brudz is general counsel.

“We launched the IGI because we believe there is a real lack of clarity in the market regarding information governance,” said Bennett B. Borden, founder and chair of the IGI. “We want to provide a home for a cross-disciplinary discussion around information governance so that organizations can harvest the value of their information. The IGI is a bridging organization to bring all the facets of information governance together.”

The IGI is launching with broad support from leading providers of information governance products and services, including:

“I see the IGI’s mission as sounding a call to arms that current information practices are unsustainable in our increasingly big data world, and that IG solutions exist that better leverage new technology and smart practices,” said Jason R. Baron, co-chair of the IGI. “Unless corporations and government agencies take more concerted actions, information overload and mismanagement may pose a serious threat to the economy and even to the justice system itself.”

The IGI is partnering with a variety of organizations to bring IG stakeholders from different disciplines together to work on the information governance problem. For example, the IGI has partnered with The CFO Alliance, a community of over 4,000 senior finance professionals, to bring the IG conversation to the finance community. ARMA International has appointed a representative to the IGI Advisory Board, and the two organizations plan on working together to advance the adoption of information governance. In addition, the IGI will be presenting several sessions on information governance at the Managing Electronic Records conference in Chicago, May 19-21, 2014.

“For years we’ve been treating the symptoms of bad information governance, but not the underlying disease,” said Jay Brudz, general counsel of the IGI. “The time has come to advance the state of the art to the point where we are no longer prisoners of our own information.”


The IGI has also formed an Advisory Board of members drawn from the disciplines that own the facets of information governance, such as information security, data science and analytics, privacy, finance, compliance, records management, e-discovery, risk management, and big data. The group also is developing a Corporate Council comprised of practitioners working in IG.

At launch, IGI Advisory Board members include Courtney Ingraffia Barton, senior counsel, global privacy at Hilton Worldwide, Inc.; Julie Colgan, president of ARMA International; Leigh Isaacs, VP of the information governance Peer Group at ILTA; and Richard Stiennon, chief research analyst at IT-Harvest and well-known cybersecurity expert. Additional board members are being added on an ongoing basis.

“Information governance increasingly is being recognized as critical to leveraging the value of information while simultaneously reducing the costs and risks that surround it, particularly as it relates to records management, e-discovery, and litigation readiness,” saidLeigh Isaacs, VP of the information governance Peer Group at ILTA and IGI Advisory Board member. “The IGI is going to be a transformational force to increase awareness, shape industry standards, and offer practical advice that information governance practitioners can use daily.”

“ARMA International is thrilled to be a part of the IGI,” said Julie J. Colgan, CRM, IGP, president of ARMA International and IGI Advisory Board member.  “ARMA International has been at the forefront of shaping the IG profession through its education, publications, and the development of the Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles®. By bringing together a critical mass of IG stakeholders and thought leaders in a collaborative setting, we believe the IGI will be an important vehicle for helping practitioners turn thinking into action.”

“Information Governance is closely coupled to the ideas and practices of IT security,” saidRichard Stiennon, chief research analyst for IT-Harvest and IGI Advisory Board member. “In a world of rising threats against data of all types, it is important that an organization's information governance plan is integrated with its security practices.”


“Marvelous news! Well done Barclay and team for launching this long-needed IG think tank and forum,” said Peter Baumann, CEO of Active Navigation Inc. “Not a day too soon, and the Active Navigation team looks forward to working with the other IGI charter supporters to develop this critical business capability.”

“Data has become very big, with costs and risks close in tow,” said Amir Milo, CEO of Equivio. “Organizations just have to regain control over their data, and the sooner the better. Recently, some great work has started to emerge, the joint product of technologists and lawyers, working in close cooperation with corporations, which has the potential to re-define the space. The IGI is perfectly timed because it can help us all share and foster the development of this emerging knowledge base and work together to take information governance to the next stage.”

"As a provider of the industry's first subscription-based international records retention research product, we see the challenges of information governance first-hand every day," said Steve Formica, CEO of Fontis International. "We are proud to support this important new Initiative, which will play a critical role in bringing the stakeholders of information governance together."

“We’re happy to support initiatives like these that can help advance the industry,” said Andrew Sieja, president and CEO of kCura. “We’re looking forward to working with the IGI team in their efforts to educate the community.”

“The launch of the IGI marks a tipping point as the combined forces of mobile, big data, and the cloud offer immense opportunity that cripples traditional data protection and governance principles and practices,” said Deborah Baron, CEO at Nuix NA. “The IGI is uniting some of the best and brightest in the industry to tackle these challenges for the benefit of organizations globally. Nuix is proud to step up as a charter supporter, contributing our resources and expertise to help drive the industry forward.”

“Information is a key corporate asset that needs to be effectively managed and leveraged to drive innovation and growth," said Lynn Elwood, VP enterprise product marketing at OpenText, Inc. "We are entering an era of ’Big Content‘ where unstructured content continues to accumulate in massive volumes.  A strong information governance program is critical to protecting the content, protecting the organization, and unlocking the value in our information.  The IGI is perfectly timed to provide advice, knowledge-sharing, and best practices that reach across disciplines to steer information governance programs and professionals.”

“As a global leader in information management, Recall is proud to support the IGI in its mission to advance Information Governance practices and technologies,” said Recall’s Global Vice President and General Manager, Information Governance & Records, Rob Hamilton. “Information Governance is now a mission-critical objective for organizations around the world. We look forward to partnering with the IGI and its community to define global standards for securely managing the ever-increasing volume and variety of physical and digital information.”

“Recommind is excited to be a charter supporter of the IGI as we collectively drive the information governance market forward, helping the members leverage advanced technologies to solve historically difficult business challenges (Privacy, RIM, eDiscovery) – all of which are rapidly accelerating,” said Dean Gonsowski, Esq., VP business development and associate general counsel at Recommind.

“For the last five years, RSD has been on the forefront of understanding the challenges around information governance and developing a purpose-built information governance platform,” said Tamir Sigal, vice president of marketing at RSD. “We are thrilled to be part of the IGI community so we can continue learning from our peers and share how our strategy is helping address information governance issues for our customers.”

“Information overload has serious implications for organizations,” said Sheila Mackay, VP of e-discovery consulting at Xerox Litigation Services. “They increasingly need to find value in their data to be more competitive; meet the myriad regulatory, compliance, and legal requirements; and more efficiently address the costs and risks of storing, managing, and retrieving ever-increasing volumes of data. We are excited to be at the forefront of this strategic initiative to help facilitate dialogue among industry stakeholders and develop an effective and actionable information governance framework.”

“This initiative will help our clients, who, along with reducing e-discovery costs, face the information risk management challenges of long term sustainable archiving, the dark side of big data, international privacy, security, and ever changing compliance and regulatory requirements,” said Mary Mack, enterprise technology counsel at ZyLAB. “ZyLAB is proud to participate as a charter supporter of the Information Governance Initiative to contribute to the growth of this global, cross-organizational, cross-functional community.”

“As the digital age redefined the media for storing records, information governance will result in a comparable sea change in the processes by which records and information are retained, preserved, and made available,” said Robert F. Williams, president of Cohasset Associates, Inc., and founder of the Managing Electronic Records conference. “No entity better understands this transformation than IGI.”

“It's impossible to develop a defensible e-discovery and digital evidence framework without strong information governance in place, particularly as information extends into mobile devices, cloud, and virtualized repositories,” said Steve Teppler, chair of the E-Discovery and Digital Evidence Committee of the ABA. “All too often, organizations find themselves subject to sanctions because they have neglected information governance until it is too late. Seeing a thought leadership organization like the IGI take charge and offer best practices and awareness is critical to preventing problems well in advance of e-discovery requirements and digital evidence pitfalls.”



The Information Governance Initiative (IGI) is a cross-disciplinary consortium and think tank dedicated to advancing the adoption of Information Governance practices and technologies through research, publishing, advocacy, and peer-to-peer networking. We invite practitioners and organizations who wish to participate in or support the IGI to visit our website at www.IGInitiative.com.

Contact: Barclay T. Blair
info@IGInitiative.com / 866-626-2917