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AIIM Conference  |  Digital Transformation

The AIIM Conference 2021 - Now Boarding Info Pros

We're so excited to announce that registration for The AIIM Conference 2021 for records and information professionals is now live!

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Collaboration

Knowledge Sharing: 5 Strategies to Share Knowledge In the Workplace

Knowledge management is one of the most crucial yet overlooked aspects of workplace progress. When employees fail to get access to the knowledge necessary for completing their tasks, the organization suffers. Knowledge sharing in the workplace can increase productivity, social interaction, and trust among the team. It's great for nurturing the organization's knowledge bank so everyone can access it even as people come and go. Here are five strategies you can use to share knowledge in the workplace.

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14 Steps to a Successful ECM Implementation

Making an ECM implementation successful requires planning and attention to detail. The best way to create the right solution is to identify organizational goals and priorities. Learn how to manage a successful implementation in our free guide.

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AIIM on Air  |  Intelligent Information Management (IIM)

[Podcast] IIM in 2021 and Beyond

The workplace in 2021 will demand a different set of skills. Now more than ever, organizations need to embrace disruption as a springboard for competitive advantage and adopt new ways of working that invigorate organizational performance.

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Collaboration  |  Information Governance  |  Privacy

Work Remotely Without Compromising Your Data

With the new year in full swing, there's a lot of conversation around what comes next and what 2020's impact will mean for 2021. IT teams, specifically, are working to understand how to get a grip on content sprawl in the era of remote work. A recent study commissioned by Egnyte surveyed 400 IT leaders to understand how COVID-19 has impacted businesses’ ability to maintain data security and governance with a distributed workforce.

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AIIM Conference  |  Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation: The Song Remains the Same

Leading brands don’t change their brand story. They perfect by telling it over and over again. What’s AIIM’s story? We believe that information is an asset. Information provides value to organizations. We want to change the perception of what managing it looks like. Ultimately, it’s about moving records and information management from a perceived cost of doing business, to a key competitive differentiator and driver of your digital transformation. At the heart of this transformation is a drive to understand and anticipate our customers and provide them with the best experience we can. True digital transformation leaders make it easy to do business with them.

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AIIM Conference  |  Digital Transformation

Opportunity in the Midst of Change

I don’t need to tell you that this year has been like no other we’ve ever experienced. The confluence of events, tensions, and loss has significantly disrupted our personal and professional lives. Even among AIIM members, we have witnessed the toll that these disruptions have taken on mental health, job security, and organizational productivity.

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Low-code Development Platform  |  Process Automation

How to Automate Business Processes On a Budget

Why Business Automation Matters Business process management is an essential part of a growing business. Without it, organizations could face low customer satisfaction, lack of communication, and a higher chance of error. By letting computers take care of menial, repetitive day-to-day tasks, automation can save businesses money and time. Without the human component in handling data, there is a lower chance of error. And with the reduced hours of labor, employees can concentrate on delivering more important and fulfilling tasks. Workflow efficiency through automation can generate more revenue while decreasing expenditures, giving businesses stability, and saving them money. The most important benefit of business workflow management is the increase in customer satisfaction. The time saved through automation can be invested in improving their experience. Faster task completions, more attentive staff, and greater resources are always appreciated by customers. Higher revenues and faster business growth can be achieved through automation.

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Collaboration  |  Sharepoint and Office 365

Making the Best of Working from Home

You know that saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”? It’s something I try to live by. I’m a self-proclaimed eternal optimist and always try to look for the positive in everything. If you do it often enough, you’ll soon find that there is always a positive way to look at things. It won’t always turn the bad completely good, but it will always put a positive spin on it and make it easier to handle. Finding even a glimmer of hope through positivity can be enough to pull you through. This year, life didn’t just give us lemons; it basically gave us a sea of lemons. The unexpected COVID crisis hit and changed…well, everything. In business, organizations were forced to rethink how they view remote work, remote workers, and the systems used to support them. And for the majority, we were unprepared: Only 34% of the organizations surveyed reported that their organization was “very prepared” for remote work prior to COVID.* Today we’re going to look at this overwhelming sea of life’s lemons and see if we can’t squeeze out at least a glass of lemonade!

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AIIM on Air

[Podcast] Best of 2020 - A Special Year-End Episode

Over the past several years, I've had the pleasure of interviewing hundreds of guests for AIIM On Air. It never fails to impress me that the level of knowledge and leadership among AIIM members and supporters is the best in the business. Each month we cover a variety of topics – from the latest in automation and innovation, to pressing and emerging challenges and opportunities that tell the story of the current state of IIM today.

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Change Management

What are the Principles of Change Management?

Change Management Principles Why do so many organizations struggle with implementing change? Is it bad tactical plans? Poor strategy? A lack of focus from senior leadership? Many times, it boils down to people – the human side of change. Careful consideration and planning for your company’s culture, values, people, and behaviors could help separate your project from the majority that fail. An intimate understanding of the human side of your change can be achieved through Change Management. Today we're going to look at the principles of Change Management as they are covered in AIIM's training. Some excerpts from the training will even be used to help in explaining these principles.

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AIIM on Air  |  Accounting and Finance  |  Low-code Development Platform

[Podcast] Low Code Drives Rapid Change for Financial Services

It’s no secret that the continuing coronavirus pandemic has disrupted businesses everywhere, and the financial services industry is no exception. Indeed, the financial services industry is at a tipping point—either disrupt or get disrupted. Even before Covid-19, many areas within banking and capital markets were already experiencing serious existential threats. The industry is being transformed. What is the future of the banking industry in 2021 and beyond?

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Change Management

Do I Need Change Management?

Sometimes, change is natural. The caterpillar changing to a butterfly, the tadpole changing to a frog – these types of changes happen all the time in nature. Yet, change in business can feel anything but natural. And it’s not just at your place of business. According to McKinsey research, “nearly 70% of change programs fail to achieve their goals, largely due to employee resistance and lack of management support.” That’s a powerful stat. It tells us not only that most change projects fail; it even gives us insight into why. It’s the people side of change.

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Change Management

Understanding the Types of Organizational Change

Change is hard, but not impossible. Understanding how change works, considering how people will react to change, and planning a thoughtful roll-out are all ways to ease the burden of change. It’s a practice called Change Management, and for organizational change, it can be your key to success. It’s also important to recognize that not every change situation can be managed in the same way. An important first step in enacting change is to understand which type of change your change management project falls under. In organizations, change can be grouped into two broad categories – transformational and transitional.

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Change Management

Do I Need Change Management? Four Common Situations

How Do I Know I Need Change Management? The funny thing about Change Management is that it’s one of those things that you probably don’t know exists until you need it. Yes, I know that’s an odd thing to say, but hear me out on this. With change management, here’s a very common scenario leading to awareness.

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Intelligent Information Management (IIM)

How to Manage Information - Growing Your Own Success

Here at AIIM, we believe that information is a business asset. Your information has the potential to help you digitally transform and understand, anticipate, and redefine experiences for your customers. But, information is a different type of asset. An asset like money is much more straight-forward because it’s easy to see its value and easy to understand. Your information is much different in that it needs attention in order to become an asset.

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Email Management

Things You Can Do To Effectively Manage Your Emails

In times of social distancing and remote work, email has become one of the primary communication lines for businesses. In fact, the average American user receives around 126 emails on a normal day. However, with so much activity going on, it’s no secret that inboxes can become cluttered quite easily. If you want to be efficient when it comes to your incoming emails and replies, here are some things you can do:

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Automation  |  Electronic Records Management (ERM)  |  Information Governance

Records Management Vs. Information Governance - It's AND not OR

When the dominant terminologies to describe a problem change, there is often a corresponding confusion in the roles that individuals play. In the broader content space, we experienced some of this disorientation as the core language used shifted from “ECM” to “Content Services,” and then with the incorporation of “Content Services” into the broader framework of “Intelligent Information Management.” This same terminology disorientation has been true in the governance arena as well, with varying uses and interpretations of “Records Management” and “Information Governance.” The confusion has left some organizations asking, “Do we need Records Managers, or do we need Information Governance professionals?”

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AIIM on Air  |  Digital Transformation  |  Enterprise Content Management (ECM)

[Podcast] Exploring the New Norm of IIM in State and Local Government

More and more records managers in state and local government operations tell me that their job is changing. In addition to stacks and stacks of scanned files, and a confluence of different types of electronic files, the inclusion of audio and video records are becoming more and more common. Indeed, many managers now must capture, store, and manage things like audio from 911 dispatch, police camera footage, and other documentary evidence that fall outside the typical scope of “records.”

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Privacy  |  eDiscovery

An Update on International and Cross-Border Discovery

There have been some interesting developments in the world of E-Discovery tied to many of the same privacy protection laws and regulations changing the game in records and information management. To get a better understanding of how these regulations are affecting cross-border Discovery, we connected with our friends at the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS). Please enjoy this guest post by Mike Quartararo, President of ACEDS. Parties in the US are allowed broad and liberal discovery of electronically stored information (ESI) relevant and proportional to the claims and defenses in a legal action. When a US-based litigant seeks ESI stored in other countries, however, it raises thorny legal and practical issues. ACEDS recently conducted a webinar on this topic entitled “Now What? Cross-Border and International Discovery Post-Schrems II” with Bryant Isbell from Baker & McKenzie and Eric Mandel from Driven. 

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Information Governance  |  Intelligent Information Management (IIM)

Positioning Rules as Solutions

As you already know, people are more likely to follow your rules after they buy in to the reasons behind them. But you can take it one step further, and provide your “rules” as solutions instead of orders. Amazon’s Kindle publishing team understands this concept well. I was preparing the Kindle edition of my recent book, following the production of the softcover edition. The printed book is in full color and uses a rich burgundy to highlight text. As you may know, some Kindle models are restricted to shades of grey and sepia. If a book is going to be compatible with as many devices as possible, it needs to specify an alternative color for highlighting on monochromatic devices. Kindle could have handled it badly. They could have shown me a policy that looked like the following:

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AIIM on Air  |  Digital Transformation

[Podcast] Office Re-Entry in Times of COVID

In this episode of AIIM On Air, I speak with Sue Trombley, Managing Director of Thought Leadership for Iron Mountain. We discuss the biggest impacts on the workplace from Covid-19 and the challenges and opportunities of the new normal of business today.

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Automation  |  Electronic Records Management (ERM)  |  Information Governance

Death of the Information Governance Salesman

Before we start, let’s take a minute to address the big elephant in the room. You’re probably thinking, “Where are you going with this sales angle, Sean? I work with records and information, and my job is all about managing, protecting, and storing it. I don’t sell a thing!” Well, what we’re going to cover today will show you that you ARE, in fact, in the business of selling when it comes to Information Governance – it’s just a slightly different model than we’re all used to. In this selling model, we’re not exchanging goods and services for money; we’re exchanging ideas for acceptance.

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AIIM on Air  |  Machine Learning

[Podcast] Are You Data Rich, or Data Poor?

In this episode of AIIM On Air I am joined by Greg Council, VP Marketing and Product Management at Parascript. Greg is a member of the AIIM leadership council and an expert in digital transformation using tools like advanced data extraction, taxonomy, and search.

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Automation  |  Electronic Records Management (ERM)  |  Information Governance

'Records Management,' 'Information Governance,' and Why Words Matter

Words are important. Beyond that, the words you choose can mean the difference between someone understanding what you’re saying and someone giving you that glazed expression with one eyebrow lifted saying, “Huh?” It’s just as important to think of WHO you are communicating to, as it is to think of WHAT you’re trying to say. Allow me to share a quick example to illustrate my point. One of my favorite hobbies is fly fishing. To me, there’s nothing like being out in the middle of nowhere, wading into the middle of a crystal clear river, and trying to fool some trout.

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Automation  |  Information Governance

3 Simple Reasons Why Information Governance NEEDS Automation

Digitally Transforming IS the Future Most organizations and departments have a mandate to continuously improve operations. A conventional change agenda involves better tools and technology, better behaviors, and better processes, all focused on generating better efficiencies and improved productivity - a transition called Digital Transformation.

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AIIM on Air

[Podcast] Think Beyond the Bucket

Organizations today have an overwhelming amount of data to manage. AIIM members tell us that they expect the amount of information coming into their organizations to grow by as much as 4.5 times in the next coming months...and this will include everything from scanned images, to audio and video files, and everything in-between. At times it may seem like managing these overflowing buckets is a losing proposition. But my guest in this week’s episode of AIIM On Air suggests that we “think beyond the bucket” when it comes to information management success.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI)  |  Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

Why Should You Care About Bots?

Growing up, my parents taught me that there are some questions that aren’t appropriate to ask. Generally, it’s safe to avoid asking people their age, their salary, their weight, their politics, etc. Some questions can make the people being asked feel uncomfortable and so should be avoided.

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AIIM on Air  |  Electronic Records Management (ERM)  |  Sharepoint and Office 365

[Podcast] Managing Modern Records, Managing Modern Teams

This week brings another great episode of AIIM On Air, where we continue to explore the challenges, opportunities, and technologies that are driving digital transformation today.

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AIIM on Air  |  Cloud

[Podcast] Achieving Cloud Content Harmony – Access with Control

Cloud Content Management has the power to change the game for businesses of all sizes and types. This powerful technology and its massively scalable storage and operational power can crunch large sets of data, use analytics to understand it, and provide the security needed to lock it all down.

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Enterprise Content Management (ECM)

How to Tackle the Information Management Challenges of Legacy Applications

Many organizations feel forced to keep legacy applications alive to retain access to historical data – either for customer service, operational requirements, or compliance. However, keeping these old systems running can use up resources that would be better deployed driving digital transformation. And relying on legacy technology creates business risk because these older systems are much harder to fix when things go wrong and more vulnerable to security threats.

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AIIM on Air  |  Intelligent Information Management (IIM)

[Podcast] Opportunities in Intelligent Information Management

There’s no doubt that the world has changed as a result of the pandemic. In our personal lives, we’ve made the necessary changes to our daily routines, added a mask to our list of things to remember when we leave the house along with our cell phones, wallet, and keys, and moved many of our social gatherings online.

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Business Process Management (BPM)  |  Process Automation

Business Processes and Change - Reasons, Drivers, and Considerations

Times change. And that's one of the biggest reasons there's now a resurgence in business process management. Globally, firms are reaching a point where they don't feel they can eke out any more efficiencies from their current processes. At the same time, they understand that new entrants are coming into the marketplace with dramatically different business models. In the insurance industry, for example, companies such as Progressive have developed an online Internet service that has had an obvious impact on older insurance companies and their business model. Examples like that exist throughout this industry, and just about every industry throughout the world. New competitors come online and throw a "spanner in the works" to existing business models. Times change, and organizations have to change with them.

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AIIM on Air  |  Intelligent Information Management (IIM)

[Podcast] Titans of Technology Innovation

All around us, technology is changing everything. Many can remember having to go to their local video store to rent a movie. Now, with the click of a button from the comfort of your own living room, you can access an endless amount of streaming movies. Even the simpler things in life, like flipping on a light switch, are being replaced by technology. You no longer have to lift a finger to turn on the lamp; technology can help you illuminate the room just by saying, “Alexa, turn on the lights.” 

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Change Management

How to Talk Technology When You’re Not Technical

Some people are hyper-technical, and they can be intimidating if you don’t feel technically minded. It can feel like you’re not even speaking the same language as they seem to bury you in TLAs and FLAs (Three-Letter Acronyms and Four-Letter Acronyms). Information professionals can communicate with their technical colleagues – even when they’re not that technical.

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Change Management

Change in the Middle of a COVID-19 Crisis

You still must get things done. The organization needs to make changes to adapt to a more turbulent world. However, how do you accomplish change when the organization’s change capacity is used coping with COVID-19? Learn why change management skills are more critical now than ever.

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Change Management  |  Information Governance

The Governance Gauntlet

You’ve been told that your information management project needs governance. Maybe you’ve even formed a governance committee. However, what is governance, anyway? If you’ve been in organizations for a while, you’re likely indoctrinated into the theory of control; however, that’s not what governance is about. Still, you must have governance, or you’ll end up with chaos. How do you tame the mythical siren of governance to guide your users to safety and your organization to value?

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AIIM on Air  |  Intelligent Information Management (IIM)  |  Oil and Gas

[Podcast] IIM Challenges and Opportunities in the Energy Industry

The energy industry plays a crucial role in all our lives. Without it, we wouldn't be able to keep the lights on...or the wifi, or the computers...and so on, but what is it that powers this critical industry?

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Content Migration

Common Problems with Content Migrations

The international standard on records management, ISO 15489 defines migration as the: "Act of moving records from one system to another, while maintaining the records' authenticity, integrity, reliability, and usability." But, migration is much broader than just records. Essentially, any time a legacy system is decommissioned, it should be reviewed to determine: What information is stored there? Does this information still need to be actively accessible?

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Automation  |  Human Resources

The Pros and Cons of Automating Human Resources

In their efforts to streamline key business processes, industry leaders have looked to artificial intelligence (AI) and automation. Automation has forced multiple industries to rethink how they work and function ⁠— and human resources is one field where automation proves its worth. However, automation is not a be-all end-all solution to HR woes. While it fills in the gaps where humans fail to deliver, automation has its disadvantages, too. That said, here are some pros and cons of automating HR processes.

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Change Management

5 Steps to Stimulating Stakeholders

Your project's approved and funded, but it feels stuck. You want to get things done, and so does everyone else – at least that's what they say. But somehow things aren't right, and your project is quickly coming off the rails. Here are five things you can do to stimulate your stakeholders and get things back on track.

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Change Management

Can You Add Teasers to Add Attention?

Think back to middle school English classes. You were taught that your titles should summarize your main points. People should be able to get the gist of what you’re talking about by just reading the title. The problem is that what you learned in English class is wrong. You don’t want your executives or stakeholders believing they know what you’re going to say without reading what you’ve said, do you? 

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Change Management

How to Get Executive Buy-In for Your Information Management Project

We’ve all been there. We know that our information management technology is getting old, and it needs to be replaced. We can’t integrate to the newest artificial intelligence tools that could help improve the completeness and accuracy of the metadata, nor can we feel confident that we are managing records appropriately, and don’t even get me started on search. Despite these problems that we’re critically aware of, we sometimes find it difficult to get executive buy-in for the projects that are so desperately needed.

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AIIM on Air  |  Information Governance

[Podcast] The Impact of a Pandemic on Information Governance

When I think back to this time last year, I’m shocked by just how different things are since the start of COVID-19. Businesses have gone through major shifts in record time - projects like moving to a remote office environment that often takes months to complete were carried out in just a few days or weeks.

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Capture and Imaging

How to Identify Your Points of Information Capture

Have you noticed how information just keeps popping up all over your business? It’s enough to make you feel like this trying to keep up with it all. You solve one issue, only for another to just pop up: via GIPHY Information has to enter the process from somewhere. And knowing where it comes from can make a difference by allowing you to make certain assumptions about that information: its format, its quality, its state of approval, and so on.

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Enterprise Content Management (ECM)

The State of Content Management in 2020 [Expert Tips & Research]

Few announcements in information management have been bigger than Gartner’s article heard round the world that announced the death of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) as we knew it. Michael Woodbridge’s quote gets straight to the point here: “ECM is now dead (kaput, finite, an ex-market name), at least in how Gartner defines the market. It’s been replaced by the term content services, a strategic concept that covers three aspects, namely content services Applications, Platforms and Components.” Since this article was published in 2017, the Information Management industry exploded with new questions, like, Is ECM really dead? What’s this content services thing? It turns out, the story is just a little more complicated than one technology being replaced by another.

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Content Services  |  Enterprise Content Management (ECM)  |  Intelligent Information Management (IIM)

ECM vs. Content Services vs. Intelligent Information Management

In recent years, nothing has sparked more controversy in the information management industry than the 2017 Gartner post officially retiring the term “Enterprise Content Management (ECM)” in favor of a new term, content services. Here at AIIM, we’ve been providing independent research, educational training, and certification for over 70 years. For a good majority of that time, the focus has been on ECM and the practices associated with ECM to capture, store, manage, and preserve information. Heck, we even standardized the term Enterprise Content Management way back in the early 2000s, so in a lot of ways, AIIM is uniquely positioned to help clarify some of the confusion that may still remain.

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AIIM on Air  |  Accounting and Finance  |  Paperless Office

[Podcast] Transforming How Mortgage Insurance Applications Are Processed

There may be no other industry that could benefit more from automation than the mortgage banking industry. This industry is full of time-consuming, error-prone, and paper and labor-intensive processes, all perfectly-suited for automation. And with huge volumes of loans being generated each year (nearly 5 million new consumer mortgages alone), it may soon become impossible to move forward without the use of automation.

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Intelligent Information Management (IIM)

PDF vs. TIFF vs. JPEG vs. PNG vs. MS Office - Which File Format for My Business Application?

There are literally thousands of file formats available – which can lead to lots of confusion when trying to select the best file format for your business applications. Different file formats work better to meet certain business requirements, and selecting the wrong format can cause issues for organizations, their customers, their legal team, etc.

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AIIM Tribe

Is AIIM Membership Worth It? Pros and Cons

Even though I’ve been an AIIM staff for more than 9 years, I continue to pay for my professional membership out of my own pocket. So it’s pretty obvious that I see the value of an AIIM membership, but you’re here to figure out if it’s worth it for YOU. My goal with this article is to give you a transparent look at both the pros and cons of an AIIM membership.

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AIIM on Air  |  Information Security

[Podcast] Tips for Staying Cyber-Safe While Working from Home

Remote working comes with a number of benefits both for the employee and the employer. Employees enjoy a better work-life balance, the comfort of their home office, and can avoid the stress of a commute. Businesses can save money, improve employee retention, and more. But, new challenges also arise with the recent boom in remote working, including cybersecurity threats like ransomware, data hacking, viruses, and more. At the office, typically somebody else takes care of the cybersecurity measures. But, when employees are working remotely on their home wifi systems, it's a bit of a different story. On this episode of the AIIM on Air Podcast, we take a look at what you can do to keep your systems safe and your company and private information protected.

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Information Governance  |  Intelligent Information Management (IIM)

Intelligent Information Management (IIM) Policies and the Law - Part 3

In this series, we've been exploring the intersection of IIM policy and the law in order to help IIM practitioners and legal specialists work together more effectively by gaining a better understanding of the relationship between the two. So far, we've covered: Part 1 -  IIM Policies and The Principle of Hearsay Part 2 -  IIM Policies and "Ordinary Course of Business" Now, let's compare IIM policies to contracts.

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Information Governance  |  Intelligent Information Management (IIM)

Intelligent Information Management (IIM) Policies and the Law - Part 2

In this series, we've been exploring the intersection of IIM policy and the law. The idea here is to help IIM practitioners and legal specialists work together more effectively by gaining a better understanding of the relationship between the two. In my first post, where we explored the principle of hearsay, we left off asking about the relationship between IIM policies and the "ordinary course of business." So, let's take a look.

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Automation  |  Information Governance

Information Governance Pressure Points – 3 Common Areas of Failure

Back in the day, when work was centralized in locations and on devices “within” the enterprise, it was reasonable to assume that control could most effectively be maintained by managing security at the firewall. Information security was largely a function of “keeping the bad guys out.”

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Information Governance  |  Intelligent Information Management (IIM)

Intelligent Information Management (IIM) Policies and the Law - Part 1

Every so often, IIM practitioners and lawyers cross paths. One such intersection is around policy writing. As practitioners modify and improve their IIM policies, it's important to keep in mind how those policies specifically relate to the law. Understanding that relationship better will help IIM and legal specialists work together more effectively.

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Automation

Why Workplace Automation is for Everyone

Workplace automation is starting to become the norm for modern corporations. With automation enabling massive improvements in talent acquisition, employee recruitment, and customer service, it's no surprise that more and more enterprises are jumping on the automation bandwagon. Let's take a deeper look into how workplace automation leads to increased efficiency and profitability.

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AIIM on Air  |  Electronic Records Management (ERM)

[Podcast] What's it like to be a University Records Officer?

We're packing in the fun with this month's podcast episode by exploring 3 important intelligent information management topics. First, we ask - What’s it like to be a Records Officer at a major college or university? To find out, we talked to Samara Carter, Records Officer at George Mason University who joins us for another AIIM Member Spotlight interview. She stops by the show to share what it’s like to work in records at George Mason, the biggest information challenges she’s working on right now, and her thoughts on being an AIIM member.

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Blockchain  |  Data Management

The Applications of Blockchain in Data Management

Blockchain is one of the most important new technologies that has impacted the business world in the last decade. Along with cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), and robotic process automation (RPA), blockchain is transforming business operations and challenging traditional methods the world over. For those who are considering adoption for one of its many applications, blockchain can hold great promise.

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Automation  |  Process Automation

Is It Time for Intelligent Automation? 5 Questions to Ask

As Information Professionals, we’re facing a perfect storm of sorts - as information chaos continues to grow, so does the value of this information. Information is now cascading down on every organization in unprecedented volumes and forms, challenging traditional and manual concepts of records management and information stewardship.

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AIIM Tribe

The Best Memberships for Information Professionals

“It’s 2020,” you might be thinking, “Who needs associations?” Associations and professional memberships can often be thought of as a relic of the past or a resume builder, but not as a valuable personal development tool. For an introvert, I’m a pretty social, member-y kinda guy. I’ve been a paid professional member of both AIIM and ARMA for nearly 20 years. I’ve held memberships in lots of other different groups and associations over the years. And I’ve even been a member of the United States Marine Corps Drill Instructor Association since 1993.

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AIIM on Air  |  Enterprise Content Management (ECM)

[Podcast] Tips and Advice for Legacy Replacement

We're now operating twenty years into a new millennium. But despite the futuristic potential, many organizations continue to operate with systems and software that are a decade or more behind the times. Organizations that continue to operate in the past will be challenged to keep pace today – and in the future.

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Digital Transformation

Scaling Your Business for Digital Transformation - 6 Important Factors

Each year brings a rapid increase in technological advancements that can benefit both your personal and professional life. Constant tech advancements can make it feel hard to keep up with competing businesses if your company isn't adapting fast enough. In this day and age, digital transformations are integral for a growing business's future, as technology changes the advancements and operations of every company. In fact, 40% of all business technology spending will go towards these changes, and, as of 2018, advanced analytics was the greatest form of digital investment, and there were plans to increase similar solution investments by 75% over the course of the next several months.

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Information Governance  |  Intelligent Information Management (IIM)

Expect Few People to Read Your IIM Policy

Too often, I hear IIM professionals complain about this issue. "People aren't reading our IIM policy," they say. "I wish our organization forced everybody to read the policy. That way they would know what the IIM requirements are." My response is always the same: Given the choice, 99% of the people in your organization will never read your IIM policy. Get used to it. That is not going to change. It's not a bad thing.

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Capture and Imaging  |  Paperless Office

The Hidden Benefits of the Digital Mailroom

The concept of a digital mailroom has been around a while. The idea is pretty simple - all incoming mail is scanned on entry and delivered electronically to the appropriate department or process. In reality, only mail with business value is likely to be processed. This will predominantly be documents with a structure such as forms, orders, invoices, delivery dockets, and vouchers.

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Digital Transformation

5 Pillars of a Successful Digital Transformation

The large-scale and lasting impacts of a digital transformation will influence your company for decades to come. Going digital is not merely about adopting present practices - it is a step into the future, aligning your business model and company's methods with the format that is solidifying itself as the new standard.

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Cloud

Cloud Computing - Benefits, Approaches, and Considerations

Cloud computing is an expanding technology that is leading the digital transformation of businesses in various sectors. The strategies that organizations take in their cloud journey can give them a competitive advantage and lead to rapid growth. But this may not only mean a simple deployment of technology that the company must adapt to, a new cloud approach could be truly transformative.

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Information Governance  |  Intelligent Information Management (IIM)

How to Apply Lean Principles to Policy Writing

As important as Intelligent Information Management (IIM) policy writing is, it's probably not the only dish you have cooking on the stove. It's important, therefore, not to let that process commandeer more time from your day than it has to. The best way to do that is to keep your IIM policies lean.

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Business Process Management (BPM)

How to Bring Business Process Management to Your Business

Businesses looking for ongoing growth and scalability try to achieve these goals through different approaches that can provide “that extra advantage.” One such approach is business process management, which aims to find and make ongoing improvements in the operations of a business. This is currently a popular tactic in the business world, featuring various applications, techniques, and tools which make it a complex field of business development.

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Digital Transformation  |  Intelligent Information Management (IIM)

Information Management Business Issues Hit Distance Learning

Like many other areas around the country and around the world, my daughter's school has joined the "learn from home" movement. I've been a teleworker for nearly 16 years, so we already have the technology infrastructure required, including an older but still useful laptop and fairly robust Wi-Fi. But it's come with more than a few challenges, some of which are the same types of information management challenges we all struggle with at times in the world of business. The back story: On March 16th, my daughter's school made the decision to have all the kids work from home for at least the next two weeks. At least one parent for each family had to go into the school that day to get set up on Google Classroom, have expectations set about attendance and performance, clean out lockers so they could be deep-cleaned, and pick up homework.

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AIIM on Air  |  Information Governance

[Podcast] Strategic Considerations for Information Governance Audits

There are a few different scenarios for auditing your data. Audits can be performed to assess data quality, identify data liabilities, ensure data privacy, uncover data leaks, and so on. Information governance audits, in particular, are used to ensure compliance with relevant information governance policies and procedures.

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Information Security

Work from Home: 7 Best Security Practices for Remote Teams

Thanks to the internet and the connected world we live in, working remotely is increasing in popularity for a good reason! The benefits of working from home have been good for both organization and their employees. On the one hand, organizations can hire talent despite the geographical issue and provide a flexible work schedule, minimized exposure to germs, and so on! On the other hand! For employees, working from home will reduce the commuting time, empower workers in their own environments, and provide the convenience of things like virtual meetings. 40% of people say that the top benefit of working remotely is the flexible schedule. But, as people say, with great benefits, come great risks!

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Artificial Intelligence (AI)  |  Privacy

Could a Mobile App Help Contain COVID-19? Balancing Privacy Rights & Public Interest

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to accelerate, there are some innovative efforts to minimize its impact. In one such approach, a multidisciplinary group of computer scientists, mathematicians, and epidemiologists at the Big Data Institute at Oxford University have developed a mathematical model instantiated in a mobile application that traces contact. Those involved in the project believe it's "..possible to stop the epidemic…if contact tracing is sufficiently fast, sufficiently efficient, and happens at scale." Typically, contact tracing is the most effective way to contain an outbreak. However, with a virus like COVID-19, that's preponderantly transmitted by asymptomatic patients, "classical contact tracing will not be enough to achieve the speed and efficiency needed, but it could be achieved by a contact tracing mobile app if used by a sufficiently large proportion of the population."

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Capture and Imaging  |  Digital Transformation

How Do I Tame My Information Chaos? 3 Ways to Address it Head-On

Before we get into how to tame your Information Chaos, let’s take a step back and look at WHY so many of us are experiencing it. These days, business information can come from anywhere, anytime, and in any form. Match this up with a growing volume and variety of the information we’re creating, and you can see how it can quickly get out of hand and become unmanageable without some strategies in place.

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AIIM Tribe

AIIM vs. ARMA: An Honest Comparison of Membership

I regularly get asked questions about AIIM and ARMA – which one’s “better,” which one’s the right one, what’s the difference, etc. I've been a paid professional member of both since 2001 – August 2001 for AIIM, September 2001 for ARMA. I've also served on both organizations’ Board of Directors (2004-2005 for AIIM, 2007-2010 for ARMA). I have thoughts on both and will compare them in several key areas, including: Focus Types of Membership Cost of Membership Benefits Chapters and Local Events Number of Members Before we get started, in the interest of total transparency, I serve as AIIM's VP of Training and Certification. With that in mind, our goal with this article is to be unbiased and provide those considering membership with the facts needed to make a decision.

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AIIM on Air  |  Intelligent Information Management (IIM)

[Podcast] The Universal Translator – Not Just for Star Trek Anymore

The show Star Trek always had the coolest futuristic technology. For example, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wished I could tell Scotty to “Beam me up!” and be teleported back home. Another thing that really caught my eye on that show was their “universal translator.” It was basically this handheld device that allowed you to easily communicate across any language – be it human or alien!

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Digital Transformation  |  Paperless Office

The First Step to Effective Working from Home: Digitize your Paper Documents

Many of us find ourselves working from home – often rather suddenly and unexpectedly. Organizations of all sizes and in all industries are now in the position of figuring out how to ensure that the business of the business continues while staff stay home and practice effective social distancing. The good news is that the technology needed for effective working from home exists and is generally mature – though some providers have found that the sudden surge in volume can cause issues with particular solutions or capabilities.

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Digital Transformation  |  Paperless Office

New to Remote Working? Tapping Into 6+ Years of Tips for Working from Home

For many across the globe, limiting their human contact, the home has become…well, home base for just about everything. Folks are taking advantage of virtual meeting software like GoToMeeting and Zoom to video chat with friends, host virtual dinner parties, and even play board games! And that’s just in our personal lives. In our work lives, companies are piecing together Digital Workplace strategies to allow their employees to work from home. Today, workers everywhere are booting up their laptops at kitchen tables and temporary home offices – many for the very first time. And with this change comes some new challenges like – deciding where in your home you should work from, how to deal with the new distractions, and more. Here at AIIM, remote working has been a priority of ours for many years now, and our staff has experienced it all when it comes to working from home. So, we thought we’d gather our best WFH tips for those newly remote workers.

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Certified Information Professional (CIP)

Finding Positive Opportunity in Social Distancing

It's no secret that I'm passionate about training and information management. I delivered the first AIIM public training course in the U.S. in January 2006. Since then, I've delivered more than 400 workshops, seminars, breakout sessions, and training courses relating to information management – almost all in person.

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AIIM on Air  |  Accounting and Finance  |  Automation

[Podcast] Pepsi's AP Automation Case Study

I don't know about you, but when I think of Pepsi, I think of cool and refreshing. In fact, the last thing to come to mind is labor-intensive. But, for the staff at PepsiCo's Imaging Technology - the creator of document imaging and management solutions for PepsiCo’s worldwide network of business entities - labor-intensive, time-consuming, and error-prone were exactly what they were experiencing. The company's four largest European entities were still keying invoicing and credit memo data manually for all of their accounts payable processes.

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Digital Transformation  |  Paperless Office

COVID-19 and the Importance of the Digital Workplace

It seems like everyone is talking about coronavirus: what it means to the global and local economies, how it impacts different industries, even how to make your own hand sanitizer to combat it. One of the key approaches many organizations are taking is to minimize sustained contact with large groups of people. This has led to the cancellation of numerous conferences and other events; many schools and universities are asking students to stay home and participate remotely.

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Content Migration  |  Enterprise Content Management (ECM)

What’s a Legacy System Replacement Project? A Non-Technical User's Guide to Starting the Conversation

“Legacy” is a term we see a lot in the IT world; in reference to software and hardware, it describes a system that has been superseded by improved technology. It’s easy to identify these systems with one simple question: “Have our business needs outgrown this system?” If you answered yes, it’s likely you’re in need of a legacy system replacement project - a project to replace the outdated system with a new system that can better suit the needs of the business.

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AIIM Conference  |  AIIM on Air  |  Change Management

[Podcast] A “Carnegie” Approach to Change Management

In 1936, Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People" first published. Since then, it's become one of the best-selling books of all time with over 15 million copies sold! What makes this self-help book one of the most influential of our time?

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Retention

How Long Should I Keep This Business Record For?

This is perhaps one of the most-asked questions in all of records management. Too often I hear one of two, equally bad answers: Keep Records for Seven years: This seems to be the de facto answer, especially for financial services records. As near as I can tell, this comes from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service rules around when they can audit individual and corporate tax returns. If you've heard another original story for why we should keep all records for seven years, please share, and I'll update this post. Keep Records Forever: This generally is presented as one of four arguments: Just in case we get sued (or for some other legal reason) There's gold in them thar records! Analytics! AI! BIG DATA!!! Storage is cheap, figuring out what we can get rid of is not. Storage is cheap, penalties for getting rid of records inappropriately aren't.

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Intelligent Information Management (IIM)

AIIM's Information Management Training - Cost, Options, and FAQs

In several recent posts, I’ve talked about professional development options for information management professionals and provided guidance on how to determine whether a particular course or certification is a good fit. For the most part, I’ve stayed away from blogging about AIIM's training for two reasons. First, we wanted these blog posts to be informative and insightful, rather than be perceived as self-aggrandizement. And second, we figured that most people reading these posts would already know AIIM’s offerings. It turns out that that’s not the case. We regularly get questions about AIIM training – what course is right for a particular person, role, or circumstance, what the courses cover, what they cost, etc. So I thought it might be of value to do an overview of AIIM’s training offerings. If there is sufficient interest, I may write a few subsequent posts that go into more depth about our courses.

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AIIM Conference  |  AIIM on Air

[Podcast] The AIIM Conference – Then and Now

The AIIM Conference is fast-approaching and whether you’ve already secured your ticket, still trying to convince your boss to send you, or just can’t attend this year - we have something for everyone on this latest episode of The AIIM on Air Podcast.

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AIIM Conference  |  Change Management

How to Become an Internal Influencer for Change

Enacting change is easier when you don’t have to go at it alone. In fact, a major factor in the success of organizational change comes down to internal buy-in with your co-workers. The more internal advocates you have on your side, the easier that positive change can spread quickly and efficiently. The old adage about there being ‘strength in numbers’ holds true when it comes to change management.

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AIIM Conference  |  Electronic Records Management (ERM)

How to Align Systems Development with Your Organization's RIM Practices

The success of any project relies on involving stakeholders early on and keeping them properly informed throughout. A systems development project is no different. If you want the systems that you build, buy, and develop to properly manage information assets across the life cycle, then you have to leverage the knowledge of your RIM team.

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Cloud  |  Document Management

Cloud vs. On-Premises Document Solutions: What Does Your Company Need?

In today's digital era of information technology, a company needs to consider several factors to decide how to manage their data and documents online. A large share of companies have now adopted cloud-based infrastructure, but many still rely on the tried-and-true legacy of on-premises document management software programs. If you, too, are in a dilemma as to which solution is right for your business, stick around as here is a detailed comparison between cloud and on-premises document solutions.

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Compliance

SnapChat at the Workplace? A Look at Ephemeral Messaging Apps for Business

I recently watched a webinar by Jason Baron called "Vanishing Acts: The Challenge of Dealing with Ephemeral and Self-Destructing Messaging Apps in the Workplace." Jason's a really smart guy and has written about ephemeral messaging in business before. While I agree with him generally, I think information professionals, and especially those in government or highly regulated sectors, really need to think about the risks involved with the use of these apps.

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AIIM on Air  |  Document Management

[Podcast] How to Conduct a Proof of Concept

Reaching your Digital Transformation goals often requires the addition of new software solutions. But, shopping around for software can be a challenge.

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Certified Information Professional (CIP)

3 Reasons Why CIP Is NOT the Right Certification for You

You might think that here at AIIM we’d say everyone is a good candidate for the CIP designation. But, as the architect for the most recent updates to the Certified Information Professional (CIP) certification, a teacher of the CIP prep course, and a CIP pin-wearing member since its release in 2011, I don’t think it’s always a perfect fit.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI)  |  Machine Learning

Ethical Use of Data for Training Machine Learning Technology - Part 3

This is the third part of a 3-part series on the Ethical Use of Data for Training Machine Learning Technology by guest authors Andrew Pery and Michael Simon. You can also check out Part 1 and Part 2 from this series. Part 3: Regulatory Efforts in the U.S. Present a Bleak Perspective In the United States, governmental efforts to examine AI have made far less progress as compared to the E.U. The most recent effort at the federal level, the Algorithmic Accountability Act of 2019 (S.1108) sponsored by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)(with a parallel House bill, H.R.2231, sponsored by Representative Yvette Clark (D-NY)), seeks "To direct the Federal Trade Commission to require entities that use, store, or share personal information to conduct automated decision system impact assessments and data protection impact assessments." The proposed law would require the Federal Trade Commission to enact regulations within the next two years to require companies that make over $50 million per year or collect data on more than 1 million people to perform an "automated decision system impact assessment." However, unlike the GDPR's transparency requirements (no matter how debatable), the proposed bill would not require those assessments to be made public. Despite this lack of a transparency provision, the bill was quickly endorsed by a number of civil rights groups.

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AIIM Conference  |  Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation: Start with Simple

It’s no secret that AIIM believes every organization is on — or should be on — a Digital Transformation journey. In fact, AIIM itself is on its own Digital Transformation!

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Artificial Intelligence (AI)  |  Machine Learning

Ethical Use of Data for Training Machine Learning Technology - Part 2

This is the third part of a 3-part series on the Ethical Use of Data for Training Machine Learning Technology by guest authors Andrew Pery and Michael Simon. You can also check out Part 1 and Part 2 from this series. Part 2: The Ethical and Legal Challenges of AI The AI technology bias and its potentially unintended consequences is gaining the attention of policymakers, technology companies, and civil liberties groups. In a recent article based upon an ABA Business Law Section Panel: Examining Technology Bias: Do Algorithms Introduce Ethical & Legal Challenges? The panelist-authors noted that:

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Artificial Intelligence (AI)  |  Machine Learning

Ethical Use of Data for Training Machine Learning Technology - Part 1

This is the third part of a 3-part series on the Ethical Use of Data for Training Machine Learning Technology by guest authors Andrew Pery and Michael Simon. You can also check out Part 1 and Part 2 from this series. Part 1: Bad Things Can Come from Non-neutral Technology AI technology is becoming pervasive, impacting virtually every facet of our lives. A recent Deloitte report estimates that shipments of devices with embedded AI will increase from 79 million in 2018 to 1.2 billion by 2022: "Increasingly, machines will learn from experiences, adapt to changing situations, and predict outcomes…Some will infer users' needs and desires and even collaborate with other devices by exchanging information, distributing tasks, and coordinating their actions."

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Retention

When Pressing Delete Is OK: Learn How to Eliminate ROT in Your Organization

If your organization is like just about every other organization on the planet, you likely have some degree of an information management problem. Most likely, you create too much information, and you keep too much of it for too long. This causes enough problems by itself, but when you then add to the pile all the redundant, obsolete, and trivial (ROT) information you have in your systems, on your file shares, and in every other possible location, it’s a real nightmare. And it’s expensive – in terms of storage costs, in time to find information, in resources, and, sometimes, in fines and legal penalties.

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AIIM on Air  |  Business Process Management (BPM)  |  Privacy

[Podcast] The Changing Landscape of Data Privacy and Workflow

As we enter into a new decade, it's hard not to look back and reflect on how different everything is now. Twenty years ago, the world was a completely different place than it is today.

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AIIM Conference  |  Electronic Records Management (ERM)

The Best Conferences for Records Managers

There are many ways to learn beyond the traditional training course. I believe that one of the very best opportunities to learn comes from attending a conference. The sessions at most conferences are generally very good, but there is a bigger benefit for me. That's the opportunity to learn from my peers and colleagues, especially those from disciplines or industries I have less exposure to. It’s those conversations in the halls between sessions, during the lunch break, or after hours at the karaoke bar that can often provide new insights or new ways of looking at things.

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AIIM Tribe

What Is the Value of Associations?

It's 2020. In the age of ubiquitous information freely available online, why do I choose to spend my time, energy, and hundreds of dollars in membership dues a year to stay involved with associations? At AIIM - the Association for Intelligent Information Management - everything we do is to help you and your organization solve your information-driven business challenges. For me, there are three major reasons that associations hold value. They are: Networking Standardization Personal and Professional Development Let's take a look at each of these in greater detail.

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Electronic Records Management (ERM)  |  Information Security

Data Security Begins with Content Minimization: A 3-Step Approach

Only 3 of the worst 10 data breaches of all time happened in 2019, but it was still not a good year for data security. According to CNet, the primary culprit was “unsecured database.” However, one significant contributing factor in many of them was that organizations collected and retained data they generally didn’t need – and if they did, they didn’t need to retain it as long as they had.

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AIIM on Air  |  Intelligent Information Management (IIM)

[Podcast] Intelligent Information Management - The Coming of Age

2019 was a great year. We said goodbye to some of our favorite tv shows like Game of Thrones and The Big Bang Theory, cheered as the US Women’s Soccer team won the world cup, and who could forget (insert YOUR favorite 2019 memory here).

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Electronic Records Management (ERM)

The Best Training for Records Managers

In a couple of recent blog posts, we’ve talked about important skills every modern records manager must have right now and the best certifications for records managers. This leads to a logical question – how does a records manager get there? Where do you start?

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Certified Information Professional (CIP)

The Certified Information Professional (CIP) vs the Information Governance Professional (IGP)

The Certified Information Governance Professional (IGP) from ARMA is another certification in the information management field and one that’s attracted a lot of interest from records managers. Although I work for AIIM, which is the sole provider of the CIP certification; I’ve held both certifications since their inaugural beta exams and promise to remain neutral in this unbiased review. We will evaluate the 7 key differences between them, including: Exam Content and Development Exam Price Exam Preparation Exam Experience Digital Badging Certification Maintenance  Industry Acceptance

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Certified Information Professional (CIP)

How Much Does it Cost to Become a Certified Information Professional?

Do you want to earn your seat at the table for your organization’s important strategic discussions? Maybe you’re going for that next promotion and looking to round out your skillset. You might even just want to prove to yourself that you have what it takes to be among the industry’s elite. There are a multitude of reasons why you may be interested in the Certified Information Professional certification. No matter the reason, one of the many questions you may have on your mind is how much it costs to get certified. With in-person vs. online testing, an array of options to prepare, and special discounts and free materials for professional members, it can easily become confusing. At AIIM, we've helped hundreds of people get CIP certified. Our goal with this article is to walk you through the costs of this exam so that you can make an informed decision on which is the right path for you.

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Content Migration

How to Perform a Content Migration - Your Checklist for Success

You’ve made a New Year’s resolution to clean up one of your digital landfills. Congratulations! But where do you start? In this blog post, we present an approach and checklist for migrating your information from one system to another. While the details will differ depending on a number of factors (the systems being migrated from and to, the nature of the information being migrated, etc.), many of the steps in the migration process will be similar. We believe that an effective migration process consists of four primary phases: Strategy Planning Preparation Migration

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AIIM on Air  |  Intelligent Information Management (IIM)

[Podcast] Innovations That Put the “Intelligence” into Intelligent Information Management

With the new year just a few weeks away, many have shifted their day-to-day focus to long-term planning and prioritizing their efforts for 2020. For most, it’s likely that the new year will bring with it new technology and innovation. But, with all the developments in technology and changes in process and workflow these days, it can be difficult to translate innovation into real improvements for your organization.

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Business Process Management (BPM)

Beginners’ Guide to the Fundamentals of Flowcharting in Business Process Management

Flowcharting is one of the first tools used in analyzing an existing business process. The purpose of a flowchart is to document the tasks within a particular process, and their sequencing, visually.

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AIIM on Air  |  Electronic Records Management (ERM)

[Podcast] What are the experts saying about the changing role of Records Management?

It’s no secret that the business landscape is changing. Here at AIIM, we’ve talked a lot about how the volume, variety, and value of business information has - for lack of a better term – exploded in recent years. According to our research, the volume of business data is expected to go from X to 4.2X in just the next two years! As the volume, velocity, and variety of enterprise information continues to grow, so does the need for well-thought-out and evolving strategies for records management.

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AIIM on Air  |  Intelligent Information Management (IIM)

What Are the Best Information Management Podcasts? Reviews and Ratings

Quick disclaimer - if you stumbled onto this page because of an errant keystroke like I had when looking for a suitable image for this post and were actually looking for "The Best PodCATS"...without further ado, I bring you the best "podcat" I could find: But, if what you're really interested in learning about are the best podcasts on the topic of information management; then, you're in the right place. Since it's release, the AIIM On Air podcast has had over half a million downloads, averaging around 10,000 downloads per month. We work hard to deliver these 25-minute episodes exploring the methods, technologies, processes, and people on the front lines of information management. But, despite putting out two new episodes per month, we still get people asking for more. So, for those podcast bingers out there looking for more, we thought we would put a list together of our favorite information management podcasts to help keep your ears happy on your commute, at the gym, or anywhere else you listen to them. (*Note: To keep it neutral, we're using the listener ratings on Apple Podcasts.)

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Enterprise Content Management (ECM)

How to Assess a System Implementation Failure - To Salvage, or Rip & Replace?

This week I taught the AIIM Modern Records Management Master Class in Washington, DC. As with previous classes, there was a question that generated significant discussion among the students. In this instance, the question was about a system implementation that was not successful: “When you have a failed implementation, should you stick with it and try to make it work, or should you replace it with a better system?”

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Collaboration  |  Email Management

The Problem with Email Collaboration (and a Better Alternative)

While social media, the cloud, and advanced enterprise content management systems get the most attention, the fact is that plain old email remains to be a foundational tool in the way business gets done. And email shows no signs of going away any time soon. In fact, the total number of active email users jumped to 3.9 billion in 2019. American workers will receive an average of 126 emails a day. Like it or not, email remains the glue that ties an organization together. We use it to communicate with our bosses, colleagues, partners, and customers. We use it for storing important messages, and a lot of important collaboration happens in email. But, just because a tool can be used for a particular job doesn't mean it's the best option.

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Electronic Records Management (ERM)

How Much Does Records Management Training Cost? Options For Any Budget

How much does Records Management training cost? In a way, it’s a bit like asking, “How much does dinner cost?” So much of the answer depends on what you want. The cost of dinner could run anywhere from a couple of bucks for those pursuing the dollar menu at their favorite fast food joint, to something like “The Posh Pie” at the Lord Dudley Hotel in Sydney, Australia, which comes with a hefty $12,000 price tag. But, as the Association for Intelligent Information Management (AIIM), we get asked this question all the time. And just like the dinner question, it really depends on what you want. But, if you’re like me – when it comes to dinner (or training), you like to know the options.

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Collaboration

What Are the Top Approaches to Collaborative Work?

Team collaboration is one of the biggest factors that will contribute to the success of any business in the next decade. A joint study between the Institute for Corporate Productivity and Babson College found that companies that actively work to leverage collaboration as an organizational skill are five times more likely to be high performing. And after studying 55 of the largest teams from companies like the BBC, Marriott, and Pixar, researchers identified that the top factor in peak performance was the fact that leaders of the organization championed and enabled collaboration as an operational imperative. This means establishing the ability to collaborate on content at any point in its lifecycle securely.

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Document Management  |  Electronic Records Management (ERM)

Document Management vs. Records Management: What’s the Difference?

When I teach, questions often come up about the differences and similarities between document management and records management. Is there any difference? Does it really matter? Which one is best? The answers are, respectively, yes, yes, and it depends. Let’s take a look at each.

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Certified Information Professional (CIP)  |  Electronic Records Management (ERM)

The 8 Best Certifications for Records Managers

Since the creation of AIIM’s Certified Information Professional (CIP) program, we’ve certified over 1,500 information professionals. Throughout the years working with students to help them prepare for the CIP, I often get asked about other good certifications for records managers. But, when there are literally thousands of certifications in the marketplace, and dozens that have some connection to records or information management – how can you determine which one is right for you? Here are a couple of different ways to think through this:

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Artificial Intelligence (AI)  |  Information Security  |  Privacy

Regulation of AI-Based Applications: The Inevitable New Frontier

According to the 2019 IDC study of spending on Artificial Intelligence (AI), it's estimated to reach $35.8 billion in 2019 and is expected to double by 2022 to $ 79.2 billion representing an annual growth rate of 38% for the period 2018-2022. The economic benefits and utility of AI technologies are clear and compelling. No doubt, applications of AI may address some of the most vexing social challenges such as health, the environment, economic empowerment, education, and infrastructure. At the same time, as AI technologies become more pervasive, they may be misused and, in the absence of increased transparency and proactive disclosures, create ethical and legal gaps. Increased regulation may be the only way to address such gaps.

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Intelligent Information Management (IIM)

Where should information management live in the organization?

I returned to downtown Washington, DC, last week to teach the AIIM Foundations of Intelligent Information Management (FIIM) course. The class started with some icebreaker exercises, including asking the students to define, in their own words, “What is information management?” There were some fantastic definitions generated from the students for this and other discussion questions throughout the course. However, there was one question that kept coming up over and over again during the course, "Where should information management live in the organization?"

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AIIM on Air  |  Paperless Office

[Podcast] Overcoming the Biggest Barriers to Going Paperless

The dream of going paperless has been on the minds of businesses of all sizes and industries for years. The idea is simple - minimize the use of paper to reduce costs and carbon footprint while at the same time increasing operating efficiencies and profitability. But just because a concept is simple doesn’t mean it’s easy to implement. And so for many, the dream of a paperless office continues to be just that…a dream.

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Capture and Imaging

3 Ways to Improve Intelligent Capture with Human Touch

While digital information accuracy is important to all document preservation, some institutions benefit from it more than others. Intelligent Information Management (IIM) and paperless offices are sufficient for most businesses, but if the content is important for historical or informational purposes rather than a backup, the quick and easy options for digitization don’t always do the trick. There are serious pitfalls of intelligent capture, especially if a precise representation of the document’s content is important to a collection, such as legal documents, documents used for research and reference, or a historical document collection like a digital library.

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Electronic Records Management (ERM)

Records Management in the Intelligent Information Era

Records management has traditionally been significantly focused on compliance. Compliance is important; to be sure; the more highly regulated an organization is, the more important compliance is. Every organization has to comply with something, even if it’s just tax and personnel regulations. And it’s complicated – every year seems to bring more laws and regulations, not less.

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Capture and Imaging  |  Paperless Office

Capturing Paper Documents - Best Practices and Common Questions

What is Capture? Despite technology, most companies continue to struggle to manage the burden of paper in many important business processes. And while there are many technological approaches to digital transformation, the first step is often scanning. Also known as “capture,” this capability is characterized by the ability to scan paper documents to store and use them in digital form instead of paper. First developed over 30 years ago, capture systems have evolved from simple solutions for basic scanning into sophisticated and expensive systems for enterprise-wide document automation. Therefore, it's important to understand and leverage scanning as a fundamental tool for business today.

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Certified Information Professional (CIP)  |  Electronic Records Management (ERM)

The Certified Information Professional (CIP) vs the Certified Records Manager (CRM): 7 Differences You Should Know

You're interested in an information management certification, and you've narrowed it down to two; the Certified Information Professional (CIP) vs. the Certified Records Manager (CRM). Both certifications are well-known, respected credentials in the information management industry. So what's the difference and which is right for you?

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AIIM Tribe  |  AIIM on Air

[Podcast] Where can I find, connect, and learn from other Information Professionals?

Connecting with peers in your industry can be one of the most valuable uses of your time in terms of return – both on a business and personal level. It’s a great way to keep up-to-date on industry news and trends, thought-leadership, and special events. But, it’s also a great way to share knowledge, help or be helped with a project, and make new friends.

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AIIM Tribe  |  AIIM on Air  |  Intelligent Information Management (IIM)

[Podcast] Intelligent Information Management in the Transportation Industry

On this episode of the AIIM on Air Podcast, you host Kevin Craine continues the “I Am AIIM” interview series with a look at Intelligent Information Management (IIM) in the Transportation industry. What are the challenges and opportunities with IIM in this industry? To find out, Kevin met up with two AIIM Members coming from completely different perspectives of the industry – public sector and private sector.

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Email Management

What Are the Best Practices for Email Management?

It’s easy to overlook email as ‘old school,’ but the fact is that we still use email extensively, especially in business. Radicati released updated figures early in 2019 that shows the total number of active email users has jumped to 3.9 billion. More than that, American workers will receive an average of 126 emails a day. And while most folks think of email mostly as transactional messaging, the marketing power of email is still going strong. A study by The Manifest found that 43% of businesses are expected to spend more money on email marketing in 2019. So for those of us in the information management business, the question becomes: how do you overcome the challenge of capturing, archiving, managing and making the most of our old friend email. Here is some advice and best practices from our CIP study guide that can make a difference.

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Document Management  |  Enterprise Content Management (ECM)

Document Management vs. Content Management: What's the Difference?

In this digital era, organizations are looking for ways to streamline their business processes. Companies are adopting different management solutions driven by AI-based software or apps to automate it. There are so many solutions to choose from, but the process gets quite tricky when the boundaries between the solutions are not defined properly.

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AIIM Tribe  |  AIIM on Air  |  Intelligent Information Management (IIM)

[Podcast] Intelligent Information Management in the Utilities Industry

On this episode of the AIIM on Air Podcast, your host Kevin Craine dives into the world of Intelligent Information Management in the Utilities Industry continuing the series of “I Am AIIM” member interviews. Kevin chats with two AIIM members from the Utilities Industry – Joanna Hammerschmidt, an Information Management Coordinator at a public water utility in Kansas City and John Daly, an Information Governance Manager for the Metropolitan St Louis Sewer District.

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Electronic Records Management (ERM)

Four Skills Every Modern Records Manager Must Have Right Now

It's become trite to note the speed at which technology changes, and that the speed of those changes continues to increase. But just because it's trite doesn't mean it's not true. This means that, for records managers to continue to remain relevant, we need to ensure that we are on top of new developments in records and information management that will significantly impact our organizations. I wrote about individual professional development plans in another post. In that post I make the case that information professionals need to develop and maintain knowledge and skills in three areas: information management foundations, their industry domain, and professional or “soft” skills. I should probably add a fourth – information management technology and how it applies to a particular role or function. For the remainder of this post, I’m going to identify what I believe to be the most important skills records managers need to have in that domain, and then some brief additional suggestions.

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Cloud

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Your Journey in the Cloud

There is a lot of interest and discussion about the cloud these days— and for good reason. As business leaders and department heads identify impediments to their teams’ effectiveness, they are beginning to recognize that the cloud is not just about storage; it’s about flexibility, process improvement, and savings. But it will take a balanced perspective to cash in. As with any important business decision, a crucial step is to weigh the pros and cons to determine its suitability for your unique use case. Here is a list to get you started:

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AIIM on Air  |  Change Management

[Podcast] Solving The Number One Barrier to Digital Transformation

Over the course of several years, Kevin Craine has interviewed hundreds of folks in Information Management for the AIIM on Air podcast. There are a few questions Kevin loves to ask his guests: What’s your biggest challenge right now? What’s the one thing keeping you from truly innovating at your job? What is the single most significant barrier to digital transformation at your company?

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Capture and Imaging

Overcoming the Challenge of Unstructured Information

According to AIIM research, 75% of the organizations we surveyed view digital transformation as “important” or “very important” to their organization. Survey respondents point to techniques like advanced data capture, machine learning, and process automation to provide the powerful potential to reengineer and improve core business processes. The trouble, however, is that that the majority of information capture and content management solutions on the market have been built to work with highly-structured and pre-determined information and workflows. Feedback from our AIIM community of practitioners tells us that working with unstructured information is one of the biggest barriers to digital transformation.

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Automation

Four Best Practices to Guide Your Intelligent Automation Journey

There is a growing disconnect in organizations between their desire for process automation and the information that is needed to drive those processes. 54% of the information needed within a particular business application is stored within the application itself rather than within a dedicated content repository, a percentage that has remained remarkably consistent over the past five years.

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Digital Transformation  |  Electronic Records Management (ERM)

Six Steps to Digital Transformation

At the heart of any digital transformation journey is information. Information is the currency that fuels and funds innovation, process improvements, and organizational performance. As a result, an organization’s information is its most valuable asset; the common denominator in customer experience, business agility, operational excellence, and automation.

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Certified Information Professional (CIP)

Preparing for the Online Proctored CIP Exam - Avoiding Common Pitfalls

We've been offering the Certified Information Professional exam in a proctored online format for about a year now. In that time, we've noticed some common pitfalls that cause issues with candidates or even prevent them from completing the exam. Here are the top three issues candidates run into and how to avoid them:

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Information Governance

Successful Information Governance when the Bosses Just Don't Care

We regularly discuss the value and importance of information governance - at our conference, in our training courses, in our virtual events. And we're by no means alone - every association and consulting firm in the industry has been making the same points for years. And if you're reading this post, you probably get it already. But what if your bosses still don't care? How can you move your organization's information governance program forward in the absence of management support or interest? There are two ways to approach this.

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AIIM Tribe

A Call to Service – Seeking Leaders to Help AIIM Soar to New Heights

“To Fly. To Serve.” That’s the motto of British Airways, a carrier I have flown for many years. When I first saw those words displayed on a plaque in the cabin as I boarded my flight, I chuckled. At the time, they seemed rather pretentious for what has become a very commonplace, almost plebeian way to get folks from one place to another. Of course, the more I thought about it, the more I warmed to the seriousness with which somebody at BA viewed the enormous responsibility inherent in transporting hundreds of people across the Atlantic in a silver tube. I realized how much was riding on that bus!

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Electronic Records Management (ERM)

Modern Records Management Puts the 'I' in IIM

AIIM believes that every organization should be on a Digital Transformation journey and that Intelligent Information Management is the driver for that transformation. But how do you begin to put all of the pieces together into an approach that will make a difference? That is the subject of a new eBook from AIIM titled How to Become a Modern Records Manager (and a Business Enabler). It explores ways to build a modern records management program that will put the “intelligent” into intelligent information management.

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Collaboration

Is Co-Authoring the Right Prescription for You?

Several months ago, I developed a nagging pain in my right shoulder. Nothing much at first, but over time, it got worse. Initially, I ignored the pain and hoped it would resolve itself. But it didn’t. So I tried several common over-the-counter remedies; the ones that everyone takes. They provided some improvement, but none resolved my problem.

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AIIM on Air  |  Artificial Intelligence (AI)

[Podcast] Exploring Artificial Intelligence for Content Authoring

When I was a kid in grade school, I always hated homework because it often stood in the way of going outside to play with my friends. I can remember joking around with them and saying that we needed to build a robot to do our homework for us. That way, we could spend our after school time riding bikes and playing together.

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Change Management

Managing The Emotions of Change

In my previous blog on change management, we examined the natural and inevitable cycle of change that people go through during times of change. We explored how resistance to change is often a more troubling problem than even the most complicated tangle of technology, and how project managers and systems integrators need to account for these human factors. Indeed, no matter how innovative new systems and technology are, or how thoughtfully we have put together our strategies, if people resist change and find ways to sabotage our efforts, it is unlikely that even the best technical implementation will have meaningful success.

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Paperless Office

How to Make Your Paperless Office Dream a Reality

In the words of the great John Lennon, "You may say I’m a dreamer...but I’m not the only one." According to AIIM research, 75% of the organizations we surveyed view digital transformation as “important” or “very important” to their organization. But why? Most respondents pointed to operational savings as a result of a more digital and connected workflow. In other words: cut the paper, cut the inefficiencies.

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Change Management

How to Help Teams through the Cycle of Change

It is common to take great care in the selection and implementation of new technology. Interactions between hardware and software are cautiously investigated; operating systems and network connections are carefully tested, and uptime on critical systems is painstakingly protected. But one very influential factor that is often overlooked is the natural and emotional reactions of people when things change. If people resist change, find ways to sabotage your efforts or become angry or withdrawn, it is unlikely that even the best technology strategies will have meaningful success.

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Intelligent Information Management (IIM)

The Break-Up List - A Checklist to Avoid Information Management Issues with Employee Separation

Everyone has a process for onboarding new hires, contractors, consultants, etc. There's a checklist to follow: issue the badge, issue the keys to the office and the parking garage, and of course set up the Active Directory account, the email account, and all the other information management system set-up tasks.

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AIIM on Air  |  Women in Information Management (WIIM)

[Podcast] Inspiring, Connecting, and Advancing Women in Information Management

AIIM strongly believes in an even 50/50 split between men and women in the workplace. As the roles of women in the workplace have changed dramatically over the past few decades, more and more women continue to take on roles in Information Management. To grow and support this exciting transition, AIIM launched the Women In Information Management (WIIM) program.

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Capture and Imaging

We Surveyed 100 Information Capture Users - Here's What We Learned

Earlier this year AIIM conducted a survey, in partnership with Parascript, called “The Leaders in Capture.” The purpose of this annual survey is to better understand how organizations are using advanced data capture techniques currently, what their vision and plans are for the technologies and capabilities in future, and where they feel are the roadblocks to success and the avenues to gaining advantage.

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Capture and Imaging

Capture? Haven't we been doing this for years?

Capture? Haven’t we been doing this for years and years? Well…yes and no. Yes, organizations have been scanning paper into digital archives for a long time. And for 72% of organizations, scanning paper is still the most important part of their information capture strategy. The continued importance of simply getting rid of the paper is not just a function of laggard organizations; the struggle to get rid of paper is consistent across all levels of overall competence.

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Certified Information Professional (CIP)

Professional Development – 4 Missed Opportunities for Solution Providers

I've been thinking a lot lately about the role of solution providers in the information management industry, specifically as applied to education and professional development. In this post I am focusing on the members of solution providers’ staff that are marketing to customers, selling to customers, acting as the voice of the customer, and implementing and supporting customers’ solutions.

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AIIM on Air  |  Cloud  |  Content Services

[Podcast] Finding Success at the Intersection of Content Services, Cloud, and Analytics

Over the past few years, we’ve seen the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) industry go through some significant changes. Many would say it goes even deeper than change and have been calling it a metamorphosis. In nature, metamorphosis is the process of transformation from an immature form to an adult form in two or more distinct stages – a good example is a tadpole turning into a frog.

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Automation  |  Electronic Records Management (ERM)

How County Clerks are Stepping into the Future with Improved Operations

For the past 3 years, the Clerk of Common Pleas Court in Clark County, OH, Melissa Tuttle, has been utilizing a content management tool to automate her business workflows. Like many Counties, Melissa and her team deal with a lot of paperwork and file types. Utilizing a content management tool has helped them eliminate the time-consuming burden of pulling paper files manually and instead utilize automation so that Melissa and her team can do their jobs better.

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