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Information Governance: The Growing Global Appeal of Information Governance

‎03-31-2014 11:18 AM - edited ‎04-24-2014 02:55 PM


Times have certainly changed for information governance.  Not long ago, many placed this concept in the same category as insurance provided by rental car agencies—a “nice to have” but a bit complex and confusing, and potentially already covered by what I already do.  No longer are organizations looking at information governance from this perspective. 


Last week, I attended a strategy meeting held by HP in Boston with some of the top information governance analysts in the world who reinforced this trend (e.g., a top inquiry Gartner Research sees today is information governance).  These inquiries from their clients take many forms.  A few particularly interesting observations from my notes include:

  • The trend toward information governance is so real that it has spurred a new executive position in many industry-leading organizations: Chief Data Officer (CDO). 
  • Enterprises are no longer saying they have a structured data problem or an unstructured data problem – it’s just a data problem that needs to be addressed before volumes escalate to a point where it becomes an unsolvable problem. 
  • More and more organizations are proactively taking control of their data; leveraging file analysis classification and remediation technologies to clean up—and even migrate—historical data to achieve significant cost and risk savings. 
  • Once isolated to the realm of records managers and certain employees in highly regulated industries, —the vast majority based in the United States—inquiries are now coming from many parts of the organization and from around the globe.

HP sees these trends as well; especially the growing international interest in information governance.  As a global company with offices around the world, we have an opportunity to interact with all types of organizations.  Questions about HP’s governance vision and technology portfolio have dramatically increased from all points. 


To address this growing interest, HP launched its first annual Information Governance Forum (IGF) in 2013.  The event was so successful that HP plans to hold its second annual event May 5-7 in Sydney, Australia.  Not only will this year’s IGF have a decidedly global feel with attendees and speakers hailing from several continents, but it will also concentrate on the particular challenges that organizations are struggling with in Australia and the surrounding Asia/Pacific region.


Click here to learn more about Information Governance Forum 2014.


We hope to see you at this year’s event, as we bring together industry thought leaders, customers and HP executives to discuss key market trends and best practices of managing and deriving value from enterprise data. 



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Joe Garber is Vice President of Marketing for HPE’s Information Management and Governance business unit – a division of HPE Software. In this role, he leads thought leadership, product messaging and go-to-market efforts for the organization’s Adaptive Backup & Recovery, Information Archiving, Secure Content Management and eDiscovery businesses.

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