What IG Projects Do Your Peers Have Underway?
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 looked at what IG projects practitioners would tackle if they had the authority and budget to do so. Today, we look at what projects IG practitioners were actually working on or had planned in the next year.
IG practitioners report that they have multiple projects in flight, today, and their focus is currently on foundational activities that underpin a solid IG program. As part of our research, we asked practitioners to identify the IG projects that their organizations were currently working on or planned to in the next twelve months. Here is what we found.
Practitioners identified updating policies and procedures as the most common project being undertaken. A strong majority of practitioners (69%) told us that their organizations had undertaken this type of project or planned to within a year. Updating policies and procedures was also in the top two on the aspirational list discussed in our previous look inside the Annual Report. The good news is that this foundational piece of any IG program, and one that is critical to its overall success, is both being recognized by the community as important and actually being done.
Interestingly, although defining and implementing a corporate governance framework for IG was the number one project practitioners said they would undertake if they had authority and budget to do so, it only ranked seventh on the list of projects practitioners were actually doing or planned to do in the next year. Several remediation-related projects ranked ahead of it. This suggests that while practitioners desire clarity on both IG leadership and operations, they are tackling more tactical projects.
As with the aspirational list, if you are just getting started with IG, look to this list for some ideas of where to begin. Consider using these lists as a way to benchmark your organization. How does your organization measure up against others? Are you ahead of the curve or falling behind? Again, however, only use these lists as a starting point or guide. Your IG program should be tailored to meet the specific needs of your organization. Finally, be mindful of how what you are doing stacks up against what you think you need to be doing to meet your organization’s objectives.
The IGI has begun the process of developing the 2016-2017 IGI Annual Report, building upon the success of the last two years. As part of the research for our Report, we are conducting a survey of information governance professionals. Please participate in our survey to help us create a great resource for the IG Community. The results will be published in a comprehensive Annual Report which will include a variety of infographics and other tools we will freely provide to the IG Community under a Creative Commons license. These infographics have become part of many IG practitioners’ internal presentations, and the Annual Report has become the go-to reference guide for many in the industry. In the meantime, take a look insider last year’s report. All data you provide through this survey will be reported anonymously.