Information Governance: Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013

This week, a major technology event took place in Orlando – Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013. This event  brings together many of the best thought leaders, from analysts to IT professionals, in the industry.  As usual, HP Autonomy had a strong presence at the event with a prominent booth, many analyst meetings, and several presentations delivered by senior managers including HP Autonomy SVP & General Manager Robert Youngjohns

 

It’s no surprise to me that Information Governance was a hot topic at the event was yet again.  My colleague, Brian Weiss, and I delivered a presentation titled “HP’s New Style of IT for Tackling Information Governance.” to a near-capacity crowd. With their hectic schedules and a slew of sessions to choose from, these people were no doubt drawn in by the title and topic because it was important to them. 

 

This speaking session outlined why Information Governance is experiencing a rebirth, and how it has evolved since it first burst on the scene many years ago.  Many nodding heads could be seen in the audience as we talked about how governance has evolved from just a legal and compliance issue to one that is much broader and delivers more benefits and touches more departments in the enterprise than before.  It’s clear that more organizations are looking at information strategically and want to get the full value – insight and knowledge management -- from it, in addition to cost and risk benefits it provides them. 

 

Of particular interest to the audience was how to get started with Information Governance.  Very few organizations have the time and resources to accomplish an end-to-end solution right away.  Most must start with one or two well-defined projects first and then move on to other projects once a business case has been established. 

 

We discussed how legacy data often presents an excellent opportunity to get started with Information Governance – as there is often unknown risk (and potential benefits) hidden in this off-the-radar data. Starting here allows you to bring all the internal resources to the table to determine policies with real-world data as a backdrop to alleviate the stress of starting cold.  HP Autonomy’s Application Information Optimizer and ControlPoint technology, which can be used to clean up legacy structured and unstructured data respectively, are particularly adept at this. You can read more on legacy data in my previous post.   

 

Thanks to all who attended and interacted with HP this week at Gardner Symposium/Twixt 2013.  The conversations about Information Governance were thought provoking and encouraging.   If you’d like to  learn more about HP Autonomy’s offerings, please go to our Information Governance microsite or read other posts from my extended team on our blog.  

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Joe Garber is Vice President of Information Governance at HP Autonomy. In this role, he leads product messaging and go-to-market efforts fo...
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