Records Management Functionality: A Brief History

As I’ve noted here a number of times before, records management is a centuries-old, well-defined professional discipline.  Records managers have always provided the same vital service: we manage recorded information, regardless of media or format, through its entire lifecycle – creation, distribution, use, maintenance, and disposition.   While the tools records managers use have changed considerably … More Records Management Functionality: A Brief History

An Open Letter to ARMA from a Records Management Professional at a Critical Turning Point in History

I have been a professional records manager for nearly 20 years. I started my career in the late nineties with a small software company that produced an ‘enterprise records management application’ which we marketed to both public and private sector organizations across the world. Since beginning my career I have held just about every position … More An Open Letter to ARMA from a Records Management Professional at a Critical Turning Point in History

The Disposition Imperative: My ARMA NOVA Keynote

I’ve been told that the Chinese word for ‘crisis’ is the same word they use for ‘opportunity’. Now I was born with a healthy level of skepticism, so I typically validate such things before I use them publicly. (God bless you, Snopes.com.) But I’m making an exception on this one and blindly assuming it’s true. … More The Disposition Imperative: My ARMA NOVA Keynote

You May Be a Next Generation Records Manager If…

[Editor’s Note: This is an updated reprint of an article I originally posted to the old NextGenRM.org site. I made a few minor changes, but for the most part, I thought it still remained as valid today as it did when it was first published almost two years ago. As always, questions and comments are … More You May Be a Next Generation Records Manager If…

The Automated Information Lifecycle Management Model: Part 3 – The Records Manager’s Challenge

“We have met the enemy and he is us.” – Pogo (by way of Walt Kelly) To make the Automated Information Lifecycle Management model work – and it must work – some serious challenges must be overcome by the three groups most affected by it: Records and Information Management professionals, Enterprise Content and Records Management … More The Automated Information Lifecycle Management Model: Part 3 – The Records Manager’s Challenge