5 Questions About Information Governance in 5 Minutes: What is IG?

There is more interest in Information Governance than ever before, but there still continues to be a lack of clarity regarding IG fundamentals. To address this, I’ve produced a video series where I ask 30 IG experts the same 5 questions about information governance. Each interviewee had five minutes to answer the five questions, thus the name of the series: 5 Questions about IG in 5 Minutes. The, we edited the answers into as series of short videos. Watching 30 experts answer these questions rapid-fire is pretty compelling and instructive.

Each day this week I will post a new video, and I will be posting the full-length interviews as well. You will be able to find them here and on our YouTube channel.

Here are the 5 questions I asked:

  1. What is Information Governance?
  2. Who should own Information Governance?
  3. What is the biggest benefit of getting Information Governance right?
  4. What is the best way to fail at Information Governance?
  5. What is your favorite story about Information Governance?

I wanted to thank each one of my interviewees. I really believe the IG community will benefit enormously from your time and insight.

  • Janet B. Heins – Director, Collaboration and IG, Biogen Idec (LinkedIn)
  • Stephen Cohen – Records Manager, MetLife (LinkedIn)
  • Randy Moeller – Global Records Management and Governance, Proctor and Gamble (Twitter)
  • Patrick Cunningham, CRM, FAI – Senior Director, Information Governance, Fortune 500 Electronics Manufacturer (Blog)
  • Laurence Hart  – CIO, AIIM International (Blog)
  • Galina Datskovsky – Chair of the Board, ARMA International (LinkedIn)
  • Darren Lee – VP Governance, Proofpoint (LinkedIn)
  • Arlyce J. Vogel, CRM – Corporate Information Management Project Manager, Large Utility (LinkedIn)
  • Robert Smallwood –  Executive Director, E-Records Institute & Partner, IMERGE Consulting (LinkedIn)
  • Tamir Sigal – VP of Marketing, RSD (Twitter)
  • Bassam Zarkout – Chief Technology Officer, RSD (Twitter)
  • Robert F. Williams – President, Cohasset Associates, Inc. (Website)
  • Conni Christensen – Founding Partner, Synercon Management Consulting (Website)
  • Chris Perram, MBA – Owner, Perram Corporation (Website)
  • Amir Jaibaji – VP, Product Management, StoredIQ (LinkedIn)
  • George Dunn – President, Cre8 Independent Consultants (LinkedIn)
  • Tod Chernikoff, CRM (Twitter)
  • James Morganstern – Business Development Executive, Integro (LinkedIn)
  • Stephen Ludlow – Program Manager, E-Discovery and IG Solutions, OpenText (Twitter)
  • Francis Lambert – CEO, Records Technologies (LinkedIn)
  • John Montana – CEO, Montana and Associates (LinkedIn)
  • Craig Rheinhardt – Director, ECM Product Strategy and Market Development, IBM (LinkedIn)
  • Gordon Rapkin – CEO, Archive Systems (LinkedIn)
  • Keith D. Davis, MBA, CRM – RIM Program Office, Fortune 15 Healthcare Company (LinkedIn)
  • Tom Reding, CRM – Principal, Information Governance, EMC (Twitter)
  • Jill Hearn – Principal Product Marketing Manager, EMC SourceOne (LinkedIn)
  • Matt Hillery – CTO, Fontis International (Website)
  • Gordon E.J. Hoke, CRM – Independent IG Consultant (Twitter)
  • Eugene Stakhov – Senior Solution Architect, Lighthouse ECM Group, LLC (LinkedIn)
  • Beth E. Chiaiese – Director of Loss Prevention, Foley & Lardner LLP (Website)
  • Sue Trombley – Director Consulting, Iron Mountain (Blog)


  1. christianpwalker

    Here are my answers …

    1 – It’s treating information as an organizational asset, always keeping organizational goals at the forefront. IG is the policies and procedures that govern how information is acquired, disposed of, communicated, organized, stored, and protected.

    2 – A dedicated C-Level executive, sitting a half-step down from the CEO, and a half-step up from the CFO, CIO, CMO, Legal Counsel, etc.

    3 – Info-Efficiency. You have what you need, when you need it. You’re primed to deal with discovery & FOI requests if you have to. Your people can focus on their core functions, not managing information.

    4 – Try to achieve perfection & don’t engage relevant stakeholders.

    5 – No stories, just a quote from an old project: “We can find everything we have, we just don’t know if we have everything we’re supposed to find.”

  2. empecee

    Reblogged this on 3MPC Information Solutions and commented:
    Information Governance seems to mean many things to many people. However there does seem to be a commonality emerging. This Video covers the Term very well.

    My advice is to grab a coffee and take a 7 minute break and watch this very informative video.

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