Information Management

Written by Yvette Dubel
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Information management has historically been viewed as the consistent filing process used by small and mid-sized businesses. This was part of a system infrastructure designed to support organizational performance and outcomes.

It was the means of storage and retrieval of company data. It remains a central part of network administration. These demands have pushed the limits of information management and set the benchmarks for its achievement.

It is in terms of disaster recovery that people most often think of information management. Yet, how many really understand how businesses are supposed to protect themselves? This is not just a planning concern for large corporations, but small and mid-sized businesses, as well.

Why Does it Matter?

Can you imagine what would become of these mounds of data without an infrastructure to organize it? Intelligence no one can find has no value. Recognizing the value of business intelligence means it must protected. That protection begins with organization. The payoffs are obvious in terms of cost and benefit analysis.

Information sharing is expedited and simplified by employing information management software. This means new employees and managers are brought up to speed more quickly. Many mundane tasks are handled more easily as a result of improvements in software packages.

Results include increased productivity, disk space savings for backups, better information extraction, and user satisfaction. A system that streamlines the process and eliminates the virtual piles throughout the network delivers the greatest value. With written protocols and adequate staff and user training, planning and time mitigation is not difficult.

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