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AIIM Research Reveals Disconnect Between Risk Concerns and Policy Alignment

AIIM’s new report, Information Management: State of the Industry 2016, underwritten in part by Precision Content, reveals that 59% of large organizations cite information risk as their biggest issue, yet few align information systems with governance policies.

IM-industry-paper-cover-264x341 The number of large organizations citing risk and compliance as the largest driver for Information Management (IM) has risen hugely in the past year, from 38 percent to 59 percent, according to new AIIM research launched today.

Nearly half (44 percent) of mid-sized organizations also cite this as the biggest driver, although smaller organizations say cost savings and productivity improvements are more significant drivers for IM.

This report revealed a lack of alignment between IM / Enterprise Content Management (ECM) systems and Information Governance.

“Organizations are rightly concerned about corporate risk but are not aligning their systems so that they can comply,” said Bob Larrivee, chief analyst, AIIM. “Many existing systems are not fit for purpose in the social, mobile and cloud age, but before embarking on upgrades and replacements, organizations need to address the lack of information governance policy as a priority – this has to be the first step in minimizing risk.”

Key findings in the report include:

  • 62% report that poor content management practices result in taking too long to find content, 52% report duplicated efforts, and 46% report insufficient re-use
  • 87% are concerned about cloud chaos and 75% agree that email management is still the ‘elephant in the room’ with Information Management.
  • 63% of organizations use SharePoint as a main, secondary or legacy ECM/DM/RM system, including 27% using the online version.
  • 79% feel that they still have plenty of scope for extending and enhancing their ECM/BPM/RM systems.

About AIIM
AIIM has been an advocate and supporter of information professionals for 70 years. The association’s mission is to ensure that information professionals understand the current and future challenges of managing information assets in an era of social, mobile, cloud and big data. Founded in 1943, AIIM builds on a strong heritage of research and member service. Today, AIIM is a global, non-profit organization that provides independent research, education and certification programs to information professionals. AIIM represents the entire information management community, with programs and content for practitioners, technology suppliers, integrators and consultants.


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