Wouldn’t it be great if implementing a strong information governance framework at your business were as simple as a software download? The reality is that information governance touches many areas of a business and requires stakeholder buy-in, policy development and enforcement, and a thorough understanding of information management. It’s both complex and difficult and that’s where reference models come in; they help establish best practices and assign responsibility while also creating a loose workflow for your company to follow. Luckily, a reference model for information governance was published in 2012 improve understanding of information governance (IGRM).  But now, the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM)has also been updated to prominently include information governance as a key part of the electronic discovery process. Let’s take a look at the updates:




The diagram’s designers describe the changes made to version 3.0 of the model released in May of last year:

“The leftmost item in the model has been renamed “Information Governance” and its shape has been changed from a rectangle to a circle. These edits better align this diagram with EDRM’s Information Governance Reference Model (IGRM). The adoption of a circle also is meant to show that every well-managed e-discovery process should start and end with sound information governance.

In addition, the line from Presentation to Information Governance has been widened. This emphasizes that no e-discovery process is fully completed – no matter at what stage it stops – until it has been looped back to IG.”

EDRM has created these practical resources to improve eDiscovery and information governance. Launched in May 2005, EDRM was established to address the lack of standards and guidelines in the eDiscovery market.  These updated models should help frame discussions and provide a sound starting point for organizations trying to improve their information management and eDiscovery processes.

Not sure where to start? Sherpa Software offers numerous resources with industry insight, knowledge and best practices.  Our signature platform, Altitude IG, provides information governance solutions including policy management, eDiscovery and reporting and analytics.  Find out more at www.sherpasoftware.com or call 1.800.255.5155.