AIIM research shows risk and compliance now the largest drivers for information management

According to new AIIM research, the number of large organisations citing risk and compliance as the largest drivers for information management (IM) has risen hugely in the past year (from 38% to 59%). Nearly half (44%) of mid-sized organisations also cite risk and compliance as the biggest drivers, although smaller organisations suggest that cost savings and productivity improvements are more significant drivers for IM.

The new report, Information Management: State of the Industry 2016, reveals a lack of alignment between IM/enterprise content management (ECM) systems and information governance (IG). Less than one-in-five organisations align their IM/ECM system strategies with agreed IG policies, while 15% have IG policies, but they don’t drive decisions. 29% have no IG policies whatsoever.

“Organisations are rightly concerned about corporate risk, but are not aligning their systems such that they can comply,” said Bob Larrivee, chief analyst at AIIM. “Many existing systems are not fit for purpose in the social, mobile and cloud age, but before embarking on upgrades and replacements, organisations need to address the lack of information governance policy as a priority. This has to be the first step in minimising risk.”

Despite the growing worry over risk, half of those organisations surveyed by AIIM admitted they would struggle to defend deletions in court, particularly with cloud file-shares and ‘business social’, but also SharePoint and e-mail. Even where organisations have IG policies, half are not auditing compliance and 15% admit they’re mostly ignored.

Content overload threatens around one quarter (24%) of respondents who have no mechanism to limit stored content volumes. While 47% have an IG policy that defines retention periods, more than half (51%) rely on manual deletion versus 25% who have automated deletion. 7% are using analytics tools for data clean-up.

State of flux

“The findings reveal that the information management industry is in a state of flux, with many organisations are adapting a ‘bury your head in the sand’ strategy,” continued Larrivee. “Organisations know that they need to manage their content and information much better than they are, and are also fully aware of their shortcomings should they ever be required to go to court. However, they’re still not doing enough to address this issue. It may take one huge compliance case to shake organisations into action.”

Other key findings in the AIIM report include:

*87% of respondents are concerned about cloud chaos, while 75% agree that e-mail management is still the ‘elephant in the room’ as far as IM’s concerned

*63% of organisations use SharePoint as a main, secondary or legacy ECM/DM/RM system, including 27% using the online version

*Only 22% have mobile access to ECM/RM content. 21% have mobile capture and 20% mobile content creation and commenting

*79% of those organisations who responded feel that they still have plenty of scope for extending and enhancing their ECM/BPM/RM systems

The research for ‘Information Management: State of the Industry 2016’ was underwritten in part by Iron Mountain, Kofax, Nitro, OpenText, Onbase, Precision Content and Systemware. The full report can be downloaded here.

The survey was taken using a web-based tool by 266 individual members of the AIIM community between 28 January and 21 February 2016. Invitations to take the survey were sent via e-mail to a selection of the 180,000 AIIM community members.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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