Editor's Note: We see a trend from the Obama Administration to push forward with new, progressive, ideas and programs to streamline and improve traditionally sluggish Federal programs and agencies. We see the Obama Administration using information governance to change the bureaucracy from the inside. This is a good thing, but it is akin to reversing a steamship or tanker's direction - or, perhaps more accurately, like the proverbial blind men trying to describe the elephant.
Choose the analogy or metaphor that works for you, and read our three connected posts portraying aspects of information governance this week. The first is here, in Business Intelligence; the second is in Regulatory & Compliance on Wednesday, and the third appears Thursday in Technical Documentation.
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We've written about information governance here before, but it's taking on a more significant meaning as the Obama Administration embraces it. Indeed, we're moving rapidly from the arrogant-to-indifferent attitude of the former administration into one which regards our country's role in the world economy as both leader and partner. And as we interact with others, we see that we don't have a corner on information governance: it permeates the G20 countries and many industries in dozens of countries. Take a look at this tag cloud from "Governance Matters," the World Bank blog, below.
"President Elect Barack Obama and his transition team have already started to stake out a position on e-government in particular. Although it remains to see how this will actually play out, it is interesting to see the emerging themes related to e-government in the Obama administration. So far, these appear to be transparency and connectedness, network neutrality, information sharing, infrastructure, safety networks, health and strategy.
"...Information Sharing: Poor information exchange within the US government has been responsible for a variety of problems including the inability to prevent 9/11. Obama’s administration promises to use technology to reform government and improve the exchange of information between the federal government and citizens while ensuring the security of our networks."
International Data Corporation (IDC) has been leading the research into information governance in IT and business. In fact, some of the most prominent players in enterprise software are either incorporating good information governance into their platforms or even redesigning the software architecture around a good information governance core.
Clearly, something important is afoot, both in government and industry, domestically and worldwide. We encourage you to explore the implications of information governance in your work or business, and how critical information management, information governance policies (see Wednesday's Regulatory & Compliance post), and the transformation of information for business intelligence purposes (see Thursday's Technical Documentation) really is.
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