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The AIIM Community Gives Back - Twice

May 12, 2016 9:30:56 AM by Georgina Clelland

We introduced something new to The AIIM Conference in 2016, an element of social responsibility. As the VP of Events here at AIIM, it was incredibly important to me that we give something to a charity local to our host city of New Orleans that our attendees had created.

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Topics: aiim, aiim16

The E3 Method of eDiscovery at the A+E Network

May 10, 2016 9:11:51 AM by John Mancini

Kevin Craine: Hubie Dorsainvil, Director of Litigation Support and Records Management at A+E Television Networks, and Gretchen Nadasky, Manager at Optimity Advisors, discussed the "E3 Method of Collaboration" at #AIIM16.  Tell us a bit about "E3."

Gretchen Nadasky: The E3 Method for collaboration came out of my experience for the records management project at A&E Network. Together, we were charged with developing a brand-new records management program at the company. It was something that was new to both executives and employees.


Since it was going to be an enterprise-wide program, we really had to get collaboration from all twenty-eight departments, as well as buy-in from all of the executives, all the way up to the CEO and the Board. We developed this way of building out a network explaining what records management is, through specific methods by developing messages so people would understand why records management was important to them. Through that experience, the E3 Method was born -- Engagement, Expectation, Enthusiasm.

Really anyone who has an idea, can benefit from the E3 Method. You can use the E3 Method whether you are trying to plan a vacation with your family, trying to do an enterprise-wide project that needs support of employees and executives, or trying to start a new process within a division of your company. It really can be used for anything as a way of getting things done.

The key point is that people have ideas, but they don't know how to initiate them and get support for ideas. Especially in the world of collaboration and networking, where everyone is expected to work together, the E3 methods can be used to make a road map. 

Companies like A&E are struggling with the incredible explosion in content that is being developed. It's great that we have all these new technologies, and that a lot of things are being transformed in a digital way. However, I don't think we are at the point yet, where people have their arms around how to manage all of that content, preserve it, and curate it, and audit it, and make sure they are not paying to store things that aren't useful, or helpful. 

Kevin Craine: Hubie, what are the particular litigation and records management challenges that you face at A&E Television?

Hubert Dorsainvil: My role at the company is to get the word on records management out into the actual company, so that everyone can start using those actual principles.  At the A&E Television Network we have a tremendous amount of data that we are trying to go through. We are trying to reduce the scope of actual discovery and not expose ourselves to litigation risk.

Part of the challenge is trying to control the volume of data that we have, that we can reduce the scope, and reduce our discovery costs in the process. As far as records management is concerned, we are new to this records management game, and we are trying to get everyone on board, so that they understand that records management is the responsibility of every single individual in the company. It's a daily function that should be practiced every single day. We are really trying to teach individuals how to use records management principles to conduct everyday business.

As a media company, we are in the forefront of all of this new technology in regards to digital media, and social media, and things of that nature. Everything is moving so fast. Technology is constantly changing. The amount of data that is out there is constantly growing. We are struggling trying to keep up with all this stuff. 

[Note: The above content was excerpted from an AIIM On Air podcast, hosted by Kevin Craine. Responsibility for the editing rests with me.  Check out the original podcast (and subscribe!) and also all the other additional podcast content -- much more to come!]


I'll be doing a member-only VIP debrief of AIIM16 on this presentation -- and 20 others! -- with Kevin on May 19.

Save Your Seat!

Some of my own post-AIIM16 musings can be found in these posts -- check them out.


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Topics: aiim16

3 Quick Snapshots You Don't Want to Miss From #AIIM16

May 1, 2016 10:00:44 PM by John Mancini

There will be more follow-up re AIIM16 in the weeks ahead, but suffice it to say it was one incredible event.  800 people pasionate about helping their organizations turn information chaos into information opportunity.  On behalf of the staff, thanks so much to the speakers and attendees who made #AIIM16 a roaring success.

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Topics: information governance, information chaos, digital transformation,, aiim16

A Double-Dose of Charity at AIIM16

Apr 14, 2016 2:28:05 PM by Anthony Paille

AIIM takes great pride in being an active member of our community. We’re always trying to find new ways to give back - we have staff volunteer days, make donations to charity for responses to our surveys, and have given our time at homeless shelters, food kitchens, working farms, charity runs/walks and clothing drives.

Now, we want to get YOU involved in the giving during The AIIM Conference 2016.

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Topics: aiim16

Per Yogi, It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future

Apr 11, 2016 6:48:43 PM by John Mancini

I'm starting to work on my opening AIIM keynote and thinking about how technology and the nature of what it means to be an information professional has changed and will continue to change. And also reflecting a bit on my 20 years in this crazy industry.

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Topics: predictions, ecm, future, aiim, aiim16

Check out the new #AIIM #Podcast Channel

Apr 7, 2016 5:37:19 PM by John Mancini

Check out AIIM's new podcast channel.

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Topics: ecm, aiim16

7 Things You Need to Know When Starting a Digital Transformation Initiative

Mar 23, 2016 10:34:39 PM by John Mancini

7 Tips for Creating a Transformation Strategy

#1 -- Know where the puck is going.

Danielle Galmore, Steelcase: “Technology moves faster than companies, as a rule. Be cognizant of what is happening and ready to adjust if new technology or new needs arise. Your first project may have to pivot if too much time has elapsed and relevancy is lowered.”

#2 – Think business, not fashion.

Paul Engel, VeBridge:  “Not every aspect of digital disruption impacts you or your business.  Spend your money strategically -- and surgically.  Don’t run after every new bright and shiny object out there just because others are doing so. Be thoughtful. Ask the question, ‘Can I leverage this to my company's advantage, or is this just a new bell or whistle?’”

#3 -- Have a Disruption war chest!

Ian Story, IBM: “If you don't have the financial strength to weather changes in your business, you need to start preparing now, while things are still good -- build that war chest or rainy day fund. What are you going to do when an upstart competitor comes in and steals half of your business overnight?"

#4 -- It's a journey, not a destination. 

Chris McLaughlin, EMC:  "True digital transformation is about instilling a digital mindset in your organization. A truly digital organization embraces change and recognizes that new technologies, new products and services, and new ways of servicing customers are simply opportunities: opportunities to differentiate, to take market share and to outperform competitors. 

#5 – Keep risk in perspective.

Neale Stidolph, Lockheed-Martin: "Chaos cannot be controlled, information wants to be free and people don't do what they are told. These are universal truths!  What we can do is explain to everyone that information has issues of sensitivity, risk, regulation and many other factors. We must all be thoughtful in our treatment of information. We cannot police this whole ecosystem but we can make people cautious and mindful about it.


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Digital Transformation in Action


#6 – One size does not fit all.

Alan Pelz-Sharpe, Digital Clarity: “Just because technology X works well for Ford or GE does not mean it will work for you. Often times simple, stripped back technology will be a better fit for your needs that broad, complex and expensive technology 'suites.’” 

Rule #7 -- Per Yoda, "Do or do not, there is no try."

Andrea Chiappe, Systemware:  “Remember that in the end, the evolution of ECM isn’t about how we share information now. It’s about brokering that information in the future.  We have to reach outside our traditional information spheres, and re-evaluate our existing processes and solutions.  Hanging on to an aging, bandaged ECM solution can limit the future success of your business strategies. Sometimes we have to let go of our past experiences and embrace the future if we’re to fulfill our information destinies.”

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Topics: information chaos, digital transformation,, aiim16

How to Disrupt the Digital Disruptors

Mar 22, 2016 8:00:00 AM by John Mancini

How do you disrupt a disrupter?

SlantNews and the Huffington Post.  It’s kind of a cool story.

Companies and organizations in every field face disruption from new entrants — competitors without the burden of legacy systems, who can move quickly and with agility, and can use new tools and public infrastructures to get to scale quickly. Technology is moving so quickly that a new generation of disruptors are emerging to rival the original disruptors.  

SlantNews used agile approaches to go from original idea to scale in less than six months, and in the process establish an innovative media value proposition for Millennials — and an alternative to the Huffington Post.

Company founder Amanda Gutterman will be one the speakers at AIIM16; you might want to check our her session.

Here are 8 articles I’ve written for SlantNews.  Take a look; they’re a bit more personal than my usual content management pontifications.

4 Reasons Someone Named Mancini Celebrates St. Patrick's Day

Why Harper Lee’s Legacy Is All About Context

5 Major Developments Affecting Your Personal Privacy

How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Snowmaggedon

These Three Easy Tips Will Help You Live A Paper-Free Life In 2016

Americans Must Choose Compassion Over Cynicism

Don't Fall For The Lies About Islam After Terror Attacks

How Artificial Intelligence Can Help You Sort Your Holiday Photos

BTW, I've got a new e-book - free - check it out - Digital Transformation in Action.

Digital Transformation in Action

What? You haven't made your plans for AIIM16?  Do it today!

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Topics: information chaos, infochaos, disruption, aiim16

26 Things You Need to Know About Information Management

Mar 21, 2016 8:00:00 AM by John Mancini

A short recap of some highlights from 2015:

5 most popular pages on the AIIM web site...

Not including the home page, by number of views...

5 most popular Digital Landfill blog posts...

5 most popular Content downloads...

These are our most popular market research reports and e-books...

My 5 most popular Tweets...

6 key numbers about AIIM...

Download a PDF version of this infographic.

 Check out our new e-book! -- FREE and HERE.

Digital Transformation in Action

But what next?  You need to be at AIIM16, that's what.  It's where the Tribe gathers.

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Topics: information governance, erm, content management, ecm, records management, aiim16

5 Must Know Data Points About Content Analytics

Mar 17, 2016 4:34:49 PM by John Mancini

5 Things You Need to Know About Content Analytics

5 Data Points You Need to Know About Content Analytics

Source: AIIM -- Content Analytics: automating processes and extracting knowledge

  1. 53% of organizations agree that auto-classification using content analytics is the only way to get content chaos under control.
  2. 54% feel that their organization is exposed to considerable risk due to stored content that is not correctly identified.
  3. 73% consider that there is real business insight to be gained if they can get the analytics right.
  4. 63% are being held back by a lack of analytic skills and an absence of allocated responsibilities.
  5. 17% consider content analytics to be “essential” now for their organization, growing to 59% in 5 years’ time. 

A previous post on Content Analytics you may have missed is HERE.  And don't forget our white paper (free):

Download new Content Analytics report! FREE!

And this previous post, too:

5 Obstacles to Content Analytics Adoption


Content analytics is one of the core themes of AIIM16. Be there.  You won't regret it. Hotel block is going fast and closes next Friday, so make sure you get in before they are gone.

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Topics: content analytics, content management, ecm, aiim16

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