In today’s world of interconnected devices and ubiquitous connectivity, many of us are engaged as knowledge (or information) workers – routinely creating, processing or disseminating information as our primary job function. As a result, information has become an essential corporate asset. If you accept the assertion that information is an asset, then like any other corporate asset, information must be tracked, managed and disposed of at the end of its useful life. Instituting this type of lifecycle management is the premise behind information governance and it is an important effort since effective information governance not only helps make business operations more efficient, but also mitigates risk.

In this white paper series, we describe a proven process for undertaking an information governance project: we call that process the Corporate Information Governance Program (CIGP).

The document below is the first of a four-part series that will be delving into each of the distinct phases of the CIGP framework; 1) Understand & Assess, 2) Plan & Document, 3) Implement and 4) Manage. This paper gets started by examining the five steps that comprise the Understand and Assess phase.


EDIT: For part 2, released early June 2014, click here.