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Global Information Governance Survey Results Released

Global Information Governance Survey: Hyland, Ricoh, Iron Mountain, EDRM, IIG World, Certified Information Governance Officers Association

In support of our Information Governance Reference Model (IGRM) team, EDRM partnered with IGWorld Magazine and Robert Smallwood to survey our respective communities about the challenges, opportunities, and practices of Information Governance (IG) professionals.

The overwhelming majority of organizations have their IG programs integrated with their eDiscovery programs, with less than 10% reporting no integration, a clear opportunity for organizations to use the savings from more efficient eDiscovery to fund their proactive IG projects.

The survey had some surprising results. 

While a quarter of IG professionals were closed to opportunities, and the majority are happy in their positions, fully three quarters are open to listening to new opportunities posing a retention challenge to organizations in the 2021 candidates’ market.

The overwhelming majority of organizations have their IG programs integrated with their eDiscovery programs, with less than 10% reporting no integration, a clear opportunity for organizations to use the savings from more efficient eDiscovery to fund their proactive IG projects.

While midsize organizations had the IG function reporting up into legal, enterprise organizations’ IG professionals were part of IT.  Smaller companies IG leaders fell under the CEO.

As might be expected, there was a plethora of titles and disciplines, including aptly titled Information Governance professionals, attorneys, IT, records managers, data governance, information security and more to demonstrate the many paths practitioners travel to the discipline.

The survey details practices of IG chartered teams, projects, wishlists and more.

Other sponsors of the survey include our Guardian Plus partner, Ricoh USA, HylandIron Mountain, the Institute for Information Governance, the CIGO organization (Chief Information Governance Officers Association).

Download the full survey results here.

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Mary Mack

Mary Mack is the CEO and Chief Legal Technologist for EDRM. Mary was the co-editor of the Thomson Reuters West Treatise, eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel for 10 years and the co-author of A Process of Illumination: the Practical Guide to Electronic Discovery. She holds the CISSP among her certifications.


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