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January 26, 2018
An Introduction to Taxonomy and Classification for SharePoint

By Charmaine Brooks, CRM This article appeared in the Spring 2017 digital issue of DOCUMENT Strategy Magazine and was number 11 Document Strategy’s Most Read Stories of 2017. Individuals and organizations alike are experiencing one of the paradoxes of the information age: As we gain access to more and more data, it is becoming harder […]

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October 9, 2017
Blockchain, Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things (IoT)

Implanted medical device. Hospital critical care devices. Factory robots. Drones. Autonomous vehicles. Fitbit. What do they have in common? All are part of the Internet of Things (IoT).  All can be hacked. In 2008 a group of researchers, led by Dr. Kevin Fu of Archimedes Center for Medical Device Security at University of Michigan, published an […]

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September 6, 2017
Blockchain and the Trust Paradigm

Fundamentally, Blockchain will revolutionize TRUST and move the needle from FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt) toward more, and simpler, Trustworthy transactions. Assaults on our Willingness to Trust have exacerbated FUD – hackers, ransomware, big-data consolidators like Google and Amazon, the Government, and others intrude on our privacy.  Trusted sources, if not less trustworthy, seem less so. […]

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July 26, 2017
Blockchain: Why Should You Care?

By now you’ve heard rumblings about Blockchain -- the shared ledger concept that underlies Bitcoin – and how it’s going to change the world.  You may have read an article or two and have the basic terminology and concepts rolling around your head.  Or you might be asking: Block? Huh? Chain? Huh? Distributed Ledger? Centralized […]

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July 11, 2017
Business Process Management Driven IG

Documents, specifically records, do not spring into being for no purpose – they are created in support of business activities and Business Process Management solutions control business activities. Information Governance is all about keeping track  – who, what, when, where, how – of business functions and the activities that support them. While managing records will […]

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June 5, 2017
Introduction to Classification, Taxonomy and File Plans – Foundational Elements of Information Governance: Part 2

By: Charmaine Brooks, Certified Records Manager, Partner There are three typical classification types for business content: Subject – based on the topic or subject terms, generally arranged in alphabetical order, such as vendor name; typically developed within a business unit. Results in extreme duplication and term-confusion; difficult to use across business units. Organizational – reflects […]

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June 5, 2017
Introduction to Classification, Taxonomy and File Plans – Foundational Elements of Information Governance: Part 1

By: Charmaine Brooks, Certified Records Manager, Partner We have been accumulating electronic documents in shared drives since the innovation of networked computers and file servers in the early 1980’s.  Folders and sub-folders defined in shared or network drives were developed to identify the subject (or topic) of the document types stored. Most of these documents […]

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May 17, 2017
Clean-up Shared-Drives to Meet Information Governance Goals

A hot topic in Records Information Management is cleaning up, or remediating, shared drives.  According to CGOC, and confirmed by our client analyzes, 69% of all shared drive content is ROT (redundant, outdated or trash).  The cost is astronomical: wasted staff time sorting through the junk, IT backup and storage costs, ediscovery costs, etc. Many organizations are […]

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