Facets of Information Governance

Spinning the IG Wheel: An IGI Annual Report Deep Dive

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Last month, the IGI published its Annual Report 2015-2016, the industry’s most comprehensive research on information governance (IG) as a concept, profession, and market. The report is based on extensive surveying of IG practitioners and providers. If you haven’t downloaded your copy of the IGI Annual Report 2015-2016, take a look inside with us to see what you could learn.[/vc_column_text][divider_line type=”divider_shadow” opacity=”0%”][vc_column_text]The wheel is back!

Our most widely adopted infographic from last year’s Report was the one representing the activities the IG community includes within the concept of IG. Sometimes called “the pinwheel” and “the flower” by our community, this infographic has found its way into myriad presentations and publications and has sparked many fruitful discussions about IG.

Because the IG community found this so useful, we revisited the topic this year. We offered a list of twenty-two activities that might be considered to fall under the rubric of IG and asked which ones respondents included within the concept. Our list of activities or “facets” of IG, as we like to call them, included both risk- and value-focused activities. It included activities out of which IG first developed as a discipline and some emerging activities that are important components of our information activities.[/vc_column_text][imageeffect image=”4186″ url=”http://iginitiative.com/reports/information-governance-initiative-annual-report-2015-2016/” target=”_self”][vc_column_text]The infographic ranks these by the percentage of respondents who said the facet is included in IG. Most agreed that nineteen of the twenty-two facets were a part of their concept of IG. Further, a strong majority of respondents (83%) agreed that this list was complete. The number of respondents selecting “all of the above” for all twenty-two facets was 23% lower than last year. We think this means that the concept of IG is coming into greater focus.

This is a foundational infographic for our community because it so clearly shows the coordinating function that IG must play within our organizations. Most organizations fail to coordinate groups of people fundamentally trying to solve the same problems, but as anyone who has tried to take on a complex, multi-departmental information project at a large organization knows, operation of these facets of IG in isolation of each other often impedes progress. No doubt, a reason why this infographic has resonated with so many is that the coordinating function of IG promises to put an end to the disconnected approach to information that is a common barrier to successful IG, a concept we explore in detail throughout the Annual Report.

Certain facets garnered more support for inclusion in the concept. The disciplines that have formed the core of IG from the beginning led the way. RIM had over 94% support for inclusion, with information security and protection, compliance, and e-discovery having more than 80% support. The current risk focus of IG, a recurrent theme throughout the Annual Report, likely reflects the immaturity of IG as a discipline that emerged predominately from risk-focused activities. That said, organizations are taking on value-side information activities. As the discipline of IG matures, we expect more organizations to execute projects focused on adding business value.

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