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It's like Deja Vu all over again -- a Records Management classic

Feb 12, 2018 6:33:01 PM by John F. Mancini

As Yogi supposedly once said, it's like deja vu all over again.


I recently came across this article from e-doc Magazine (remember that?) by my friend Nishan DeSilva (then of Watson Wyatt fame, now at Microsoft). (Speaking of e-doc Magazine, how many remember it's successor, Infonomics magazine. Gosh I wish we had held onto that name.)

Many of the core concepts are still relevant and can be applied to the current challenges facing records managers.

"Developing and implementing a retention schedule is the corner­stone of the records management program. The key is to ensure alignment with the legal group during the development of the schedule and, once developed, to obtain approvals and buy-in from concerned stakeholders. Using an iterative and a crawl­walk-run approach to implementation ensures any bumps will be worked out. From the end-users' standpoint, retention schedules need to be precise and yet simple enough to be assimilated easily into business processes. A well-deliberated approach to retention, balancing both the risk and cost of doing so, will go a long way in making the program successful. Achieving these balances is a challenging task, but with the right thought and planning, a workable retention schedule can be crafted and can help pave the way for the success of the entire RM program."


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Topics: information governance, electronic records management, Compliance and records management, records management

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