UPDATED 02/12/10: Thanx to @Bearshield for the heads up that the download links were broken in this post. They are all working now.
Below is the full press release for the e-book John Mancini, put together and recently released. It is an easy and very informative read and I think readers of this blog would enjoy it. I'm thrilled to be in the company of the other authors!
Press Release Follows:
AIIM Releases First Book in E-Book Series
8 Reasons You Need a Strategy to Manage Information -- Before It's Too Late
Silver Spring, MD -- October 1 -- AIIM President John Mancini announces the release of the first in a series of e-books focused on the information management challenges facing organizations. 8 Reasons You Need a Strategy to Manage Information -- Before It's Too Late contends that the strategic imperative to manage information effectively will soon become irreversible -- with devastating consequences for those who assume it is otherwise.
"The sheer quantity of information that is descending upon our organizations is rapidly creating a set of circumstances in which we will not longer be able to just ignore this problem," notes Mancini. "As our employees reach outside the firewall to access critical expertise, networks, content, and markets -- and as we simultaneously require 365/7/24 availability -- the lines between what is 'organizational' and 'personal' are becoming meaningless."
8 Reasons You Need a Strategy to Manage Information -- Before It's Too Late is a compilation of the best information management columns from the popular 8 Things series in the Digital Landfill blog (http://www.aiim.typepad.com).
The free e-book can be downloaded at this link -- http://www.aiim.org/forms/8-reasons.aspx.
"It not unrealistic to think that our employees -- who currently say they are overwhelmed by the volume of information they must manage and who currently say they spend hours each day just dealing with email -- will need to manage 10X as much information in the near future," continues Mancini. "How will they handle this tidal wave? Simply extrapolating the current tools and approaches to deal with this tidal wave will not solve the problem. A new approach is needed. And yet many organizations are frankly in a state of 'they don't know what they don't know' when it comes to their information management capabilities."
The 8 Reasons are as follows:
- A tidal wave of information.
- Ubiquitous computing.
- Social everything.
- Collaboration without governance is a disaster.
- The era of simplicity.
- The Tree-Hugger’s time has come.
- You can no longer do this manually.
- Mismanagement risks are rising.
Mancini concludes, "There is a commercial for car repair where the mechanic says, 'You can pay me now, or you can pay me later. But you will pay me.' The information management landscape is changing quickly and dramatically and the stakes of getting it wrong are rising. Now is the time to finally create and implement a strategy to treat your organization’s information as a critical business asset."