by Angela Guess
Admire Moyo of IT Web reports, “Sound information governance policies can help organisations avoid the confusion that is being created by the increasing volumes of information they have to grapple with. So said Debra Logan, research VP and analyst at Gartner, presenting yesterday, in Johannesburg, on how big data and extreme information are transforming business and IT. ‘When it comes to information, we all have too much, but we almost never have enough. This is the information paradox. To solve the information paradox, organisations need to apply the principles of information governance,’ she said.
Moyo continues, “Logan defined information governance as the specification of decision rights and an accountability framework to ensure the appropriate behaviour in the valuation, creation,storage, use, archival and deletion of information. ‘This includes the processes, roles, standards and metrics that ensure the effective and efficient use of information in enabling an organisation to achieve its goals.’ Highlighting the paradoxical facts about information, Logan pointed out that, despite increases in volume and velocity of information, people seem to want more and more of it. On the other hand, she noted, as information creates more risk and requires more governance and policy to manage, enterprises seek to control it less and less.”