Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Caught between tomorrow's onslaught and today's data requirements?
Now, let's swap gears for a moment. Last week, I had lunch with Adelaide O'Brien from IDC to catch up with my new gig at Cleversafe and she brought up the subject of records management within the context of the impending Data Tsunami. At first, I thought, Records Management? That's a stale conversation, all that work has already been done. Silly me. I should know better! Adelaide gave me a number of things to think about that are anything BUT stale, yet, not necessarily weighing heavily on many government people's minds (or, at the very least, not getting any press). Governance, FOIA & eDiscovery are the more compelling topics. As we talked, I began to realize there may be somewhat of a disconnect between the senior IT leaders and those a little father down in the organization. (Bear in mind, these are not the words of Adelaide or representative of her position, they are my impressions only.) The gist is this; the senior folks seem confident that their agencies are successfully handling records management, FOIA requests and are well positioned for eDiscovery, yet, the folks doing the work are not as confident, citing many examples of records being kept too long, the need to break FOIA responses down to paper, etc.
The conversation left me wondering how government can be preparing for the next wave of data without continuing to address it's current state.
I would love to hear from others who can continue to help me shape my thoughts on this issue. Am I on the right track? Am I missing the point altogether?