Why information and data management is like a teenager

Teenage Information

Hang on, I’ll just Google that.

In my experience, information management and data management are both, pretty much, misunderstood.

End users tend to think of data management as the technology stuff that the guys with the black boxes sort out. They only notice it when it goes wrong. Information management is most often a completely alien concept. Very few managers know or care to know what it means; and usually only pay attention when information in their business is obviously unreliable.

I think of IM as being in its teenage years, because businesses tend to treat information in the same way as a typical teenager treats his possessions. i.e. Mostly piled in the corner of their room in a haphazard fashion, sifted irregularly on a Monday morning (or Saturday evening) to find the really important thing they need right now.

Technology will no doubt help us all to develop and appreciate the advantages of good IM, and offer better tools to do the job. In the meantime, much like the parents of teenagers, Information Managers will have to grin and bear it.

Have a great week.

Adam

About the Author: Adam Blackie is an author and a professional Interim Manager who leads information management teams through their change programmes. He works with organisations in the UK to change the way technology is used by staff and their customers.

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About Adam Blackie

A career Freelance Accountant who specialises in leading helping others to hold onto their money.
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