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Attending MER 2016? Check Out the IGI Speaker Lineup

Members of the IGI’s Executive Team, Barclay T. Blair, Jason R. Baron, and Bennett B. Borden, are speaking at the Managing Electronic Records (MER) Conference May 23rd to May 25, 2016 in Chicago. Check out the lineup below and attend these informative sessions. Not registered for MER? There is still time.

Sessions with the IGI Executive Team:

Major Changes Are Ahead for IG. What Are They? What Will Be Their Impact?

  • Session 1
  • Monday, May 23, 2016
  • 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Barclay T. Blair, IGI’s Executive Director, opens the conference with a panel discussion on what the future holds for information governance. He is joined by experts Kon Leong, Stephen Ludlow, and James Watson, PhD.

Seeing The Trees In The Forest: TAR (Technology Assisted Review) For Lawyers And Information Governance Professionals

  • Session 13
  • Tuesday, May 24, 2016
  • 8:30 AM to 09:30 AM

Bennett B. Borden, IGI Co-Chair, will look at what lawyers and IG professionals need to know about Technology Assisted Review (TAR) or risk going extinct in their field of expertise.

Integrating Digital Preservation Capabilities Into Information Governance

  • Session 25
  • Tuesday, May 24, 2016
  • 2:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Barclay joins Lori Ashley and Martin Springell to discuss the importance of digital preservation in an organization's overall IG strategy and how organizations can get started. Barclay will present insights from IGI’s recently released, The Governance of Digital Information: An IGI 2016 Benchmark. Read more here and download your copy.

The Presidential Directive On Managing Electronic Records: Is Your Agency “On The Train” Or “On The Platform” Or Not Even At The Station?

  • Session 28
  • Tuesday, May 24, 2016
  • 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Jason R. Baron, IGI Co-Chair, and Donna Read will discuss the Presidential Directive on Managing Electronic Records, and help you answer the question, “Are you ready?”

Attend these, and other great sessions, at MER 2016. Review the full program, including the pre-conference, here.

There is still time to register for the Chief Information Governance Officer (CIGO) Summit, May 25-26, 2016 in Chicago. The CIGO Summit is a by-invitation-only executive event for senior leaders in cybersecurity, information management, law, privacy, data analytics, records management, compliance, and other IG-related disciplines. We held the first CIGO Summit in 2015, an event one global IG executive called, “the single most important industry event I have yet attended.” Register here.

The Governance of Long-Term Digital Information: An IGI 2016 Benchmark: Have you downloaded your free copy. Our new Benchmark reveals that most organizations cannot ensure protection and access for critical long-term digital information despite accelerating legal and business requirements. It also calls for immediate action and provides insight and guidance to help organizations achieve compliance.

Special Edition Boot Camp

The IGI Announces Our First Special Edition IGI Boot Camp

The IGI has hosted a number of highly-regarded Boot Camps since our inception in 2014. Our IG Boot Camps are based on years of experience helping hundreds of organizations build IG programs; the ongoing insights of our large and growing community, and the hard data that we generate from our research programs.

IGI Boot Camps are designed to give practitioners a hands-on learning experience with a focus on practical tools, tips, and techniques.. While we teach you new ways to think about your information problems, we have a bias towards helping you take action.

That action also includes getting up to speed on critical developments in IG. Our new Special Edition IGI Boot Camps are designed to do just that—help IG practitioners quickly get up to speed on critical developments in IG.

And in 2016, fewer developments are as profound as the new changes to the US Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. These amendments lay the groundwork for fundamentally changing the way courts adjudicate proportionality and sanctions in e-discovery, potentially giving IG practitioners a new level of certainty in taking control of their information.

But, organizations must move carefully and deliberately – which is exactly what we will teach you how to do at this Special Edition of our Boot Camp focused on the US Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

The Special Edition Boot Camp will take place in Washington, D.C. on March 29, 2016 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Registration is open for all corporate and government professionals who have an interest in IG. Participants will leave the Special Edition Boot Camp with the insight they need to go back to the office and take advantage of the changes to FRCP to build a world-class IG program.

How to Keep Your Mission-Critical Data Safe in a Cloud-Connected World

Webinar: How to Keep Your Mission-Critical Data Safe in a Cloud-Connected World

Today, businesses of all sizes are facing real challenges to cut costs, and streamline processes to operate more efficiently – and they’re looking for innovative ways to get the job done. To that end, cloud computing offers enterprises countless benefits, including the cost savings and flexibility they need to remain competitive.

But organizations are nevertheless concerned about the security, accessibility and management of sensitive corporate data, as well as the compliance and legal issues involved with moving their processes to the cloud. Still, the market for cloud computing is growing rapidly and as companies continue to grow the amount of content they store in the cloud, protecting their data in the cloud is more crucial than ever.

In the “eDiscovery and Information Governance in the Age of Cloud Computing” webinar hosted by the IGI and ZyLAB, Bennett Borden and Jan Scholtes will share best practices in the quickly evolving realm of eDiscovery and information governance in cloud computing environments. The webinar will take place on Thursday, Oct. 29 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT.

During the event, Scholtes and Borden will discuss the sometimes-volatile rules, legal precedents, as well as the technical and legal ramifications of storing data with third-party providers.

You can register for the “eDiscovery and Information Governance in the Age of Cloud Computing,” webinar below.

Bennett B. Borden
Bennett B. Borden
Co-Founder and Chair
Information Governance Initiative
Jan Scholtes, ZyLAB
Johannes C. Scholtes
Chairman & Chief Strategy Officer

IGI To Deliver IG Boot Camp at Exterro inFusion ’15 User Conference

The IGI is hosting our next Boot Camp at inFusion ’15, the annual user conference of IGI supporter Exterro. The Boot Camp will be held on August 25 from 1-5 p.m. PDT.

Our IG Boot Camp offers an interactive “conference within a conference,” enabling attendees to gain hands-on, practical insight and tools that enable them to implement and develop their IG programs.

Prior attendees of our Boot Camps have told us that:

The IGI Boot Camp at inFusion ’15 is designed specifically for corporate legal, IT, RIM and compliance professionals. The IGI’s Bennett Borden and Barclay T. Blair will lead participants through this interactive workshop.

Participants in the workshop will:

  • Learn about the facets of IG and learn how to get IG programs started at their organizations.
  • Work through recommended steps for proactively managing their data using existing software.
  • Learn a battle-tested project planning methodology that they can start using immediately to move their IG program forward.
  • Gain hands-on experience with planning and executing data remediation projects.

Bennett Borden, IGI Co-Founder, will also be participating in the panel discussion, “How Information Governance Will Change The Way We Work,” earlier in the day at inFusion ‘15.

The conference will be held from August 24-26, 2015 at the World Trade Center in downtown Portland, Oregon. The panel session will take place on Wednesday, August 25, from 11 a.m. to noon PDT.

During the session, panelists will look specifically at the intersection of information governance (IG) and e-discovery. Attendees will learn how to relate e-discovery processes to broader IG initiatives; refine e-discovery processes so they can better support IG priorities; as well as how to overcome cultural divides and work collaboratively with key IG stakeholders in their companies.

inFusion '15 is aimed at educating and connecting the Exterro user community. In addition to such engaging panel discussions, the three-day event will offer hands-on certification training, and breakout sessions. Attendees will also gain insights from industry leaders, Exterro product experts and, most importantly, their peers.

At the Exterro conference, attendees will be able to take part in on-site training, in-depth sessions and peer-to-peer discussions based on real-life situations and practical experiences from users of Exterro’s E-Discovery Software Solution. Attendees will be able to share and discuss best practices for addressing global e-discovery and information governance challenges.

Both the panel discussion and the IGI Boot Camp are CLE approved. Details for the conference can be found on the website at http://www.exterro.com/about/news-events/infusion-15/agenda/.



For years, businesses have sought to leverage the value side of their information through data analytics, allowing them to target their customers more effectively. The trend has only become more prolific in today’s age of big data.

Now these robust analytics are spilling over into the legal world as one law firm in particular, Drinker Biddle & Reath (DBR), seeks to apply the power of data analytics to the world of information governance and e-discovery. Bennett B. Borden, a partner at DBR and co-BBorden-pressfounder and chair of the Information Governance Initiative, was recently named the law firm’s Chief Data Scientist—the first position of its kind in the legal field.

“We are pushing analytics into all sorts of legal scenarios, both on the risk mitigation side and the business intelligence or value-add side of information,” Bennett explains. “We feel like this approach is pretty unique and gives our clients a different take on how to use their data to help achieve legal and business outcomes.”

Bennett holds a J.D. from Georgetown, and recently earned his master’s degree in business analytics from New York University. Bennett’s unique skill set—he’s a lawyer who’s also trained as a data scientist—puts him in a prime position to craft DBR’s data analytics strategy.

That strategy will focus on how the firm can use a combination of technology, data and analytics in an increasingly beneficial way for its clients. Analytics, Bennett says, can be used to arrive at answers faster by tracking down pertinent documents and files quicker—even if they’re surrounded by billions of other data points. Once a relevant document is uncovered during e-discovery, for example, analytics can be used to rapidly find all other documents like it, “amplifying investigatory capabilities.”

What’s more, analytics can be used to assess risk during potential mergers and acquisitions, and they’re also relevant in the Bennett Borden_1compliance space, Bennett continues.

“We’ve built algorithmic models that can actually detect misconduct as it’s happening,” he says. “Data analytics is all about finding patterns in human conduct. Well, there are patterns in misconduct as well.”

In this light, analytics can be used not only to describe the past, but also to predict the future. This functionality can help organizations detect fraud right away—or maybe even prevent it altogether.

Bennett believes that other advanced law firms are likely to see his new role as “ahead of the curve” and as such, wouldn’t be surprised if they eventually follow suit, naming Chief Data Scientists of their own. That’s assuming, of course, they’re able to find candidates with the requisite skill sets—a challenge given the high demand for data scientists across multiple industries.

In addition to DBR’s clients, supporters of the IGI and members of our community stand to benefit from Bennett’s newfound knowledge as well. We look forward to sharing more of his expertise with you in the future.

Congratulations, Bennett!




On January 22, 2015, the IGI and Charter Supporter, kCura, produced a live webinar entitled, Building Information Governance Policies and Workflows. The webinar was a follow up to the IGI Boot Camp held at kCura’s Relativity Fest in 2014. Several hundred practitioners listened in as Bennett B. Borden (IGI Founder and Chair) and Rene Laurens (kCura) described a practical approach to data remediation. Remediation is an IG process directed at bringing order to information. It is not merely deletion, although deletion can and often should be a significant part of a data remediation project. Rather, data remediation is focused on the overall management of information and enabling critical IG activities, including cleaning up, organizing, or migrating information.

Bennett discussed how remediation is a common IG starting point for many organizations. He also presented a remediation methodology that is explained in detail in our recent white paper, The Role of Remediation in Information Governance, available to subscribers on our community site. Rene offered a live demonstration of the methodology in action using a mock data set.

Bennett drew a connection between the process of conducting e-discovery and the IG workflows at the center of the remediation process.

“The e-discovery process is identical to a data remediation process where now we’re looking for information that is specific to a particular subject which may be a records class or a particular kind of document. What we have learned in e-discovery can inform these remediation projects. So, if you are doing e-discovery, you already have the expertise in house to do data remediation projects. Often companies get paralyzed around the complexity of remediation. But in many cases they already know how to do it,” said Bennett.

Bennett also discussed how even basic remediation steps can return significant dividends. For example, knowing where your information is allows you to get to it faster and more cheaply if you are hit with a discovery or other investigative request. It can also make business processes more efficient. However, the biggest impediment to remediation projects is not the technology, but the lack of maturity around the decision-making required for successful remediation projects. The power of IG is bringing together all of the stakeholders and coordinating them to make remediation and other IG projects successful.

The webinar recording is available through our community site resources page, here. If you are working on a remediation project and have questions, use our community forums to get insight from your peers who have already gone through the process