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IN FOCUS A Message from the Editor Learning Which Risks to Take and How to Minimize the Rest elcome to this issue of Information Magazine , which pays off on our promise to bring new features to our new, all-digital format. Our new series called “Notable Pros” is one such example. These arti-cles, which profile an accomplished information professional, begin with an introduction to Alison North, FAI, a true pioneer in the field and a self-described “disruptive consultant.” North’s record is impressive and her comments are frank and enlighten-ing; at times, they might be viewed as “disruptive” to the profession’s more usual ways of thinking. Flip to page 27 to read this article by Nikki Swartz. Also new to this issue is electronic polling, which has a two-fold intent: 1) To get insight about issues that are important to you as an information professional and to the advancement of the profession itself; and 2) To use this intelligence to improve our association’s products, services, and support to members and others in the professional community. Our first polls, which we expect to launch at the end of March, will ask you to 1) weigh in on possible pre-conference Designation Academy session topics at ARMA Live! 2017 and 2) tell us where RIM reports in your organization. Andrew Altepeter has an opinion about the latter topic, in his article, “The Case for Including RIM in Information Security,” which begins on page 40. The cover article is a new entry for a long-standing series. For the eighth time, ARMA International and Forrester Research have teamed to track the RIM profession’s challenges and trends. Starting on page 20, Forrester analyst Cheryl McKinnon, IGP, CIP, summarizes the results of the Forrester Research and ARMA International Records W Management Online Survey Q1, 2017; she also describes the three ma-jor challenges in “The Next Frontier for RIM Pros.” As in the challenges McKinnon describes, the need to minimize or-ganizational risks is inherent to most challenges RIM professionals face; you may notice that risk is a common theme for the articles in this issue. North certainly has taken many risks in her trailblazing career featured in the Notable Pros article. April Dmytrenko, CRM, FAI, personalizes the risk theme in our Fellows Forum, in which she and six other Fellows of ARMA Internation-al describe risks they’ve taken, what they’ve learned from them, and how these risks advanced their careers. Go to page 32 to read about them. Kurt Brenneman, a records analyst with the government re-cords section of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, gives an account of his department’s efforts to minimize the risk of losing historically significant e-mail. His organization adapted the Capstone approach used by the National Archives and Records Ad-ministration to preserve all e-mails, regardless of content, in the e-mail accounts of those whose positions are in the upper levels of the organiza-tional hierarchy or in lower-ranked positions that “are likely to create or receive permanent e-mail records.” We trust that as you read through this issue, you’ll be encouraged to take personal risks that will enhance your career and add to your knowl-edge about minimizing your organi-zation’s risks related to information assets. Please e-mail editor@armaintl. org to let us know how we can sup-port you in your professional efforts. Vicki Wiler Editor in Chief 4 March/April 2017

IN FOCUS

A Message From The Editor

Learning Which Risks to Take and How to Minimize the Rest


Welcome to this issue of Information Magazine, which pays off on our promise to bring new features to our new, all-digital format.

Our new series called “Notable Pros” is one such example. These articles, which profile an accomplished information professional, begin with an introduction to Alison North, FAI, a true pioneer in the field and a self-described “disruptive consultant.” North’s record is impressive and her comments are frank and enlightening; at times, they might be viewed as “disruptive” to the profession’s more usual ways of thinking. Flip to page 27 to read this article by Nikki Swartz.

Also new to this issue is electronic polling, which has a two-fold intent: 1) To get insight about issues that are important to you as an information professional and to the advancement of the profession itself; and 2) To use this intelligence to improve our association’s products, services, and support to members and others in the professional community.

Our first polls, which we expect to launch at the end of March, will ask you to 1) weigh in on possible pre-conference Designation Academy session topics at ARMA Live! 2017 and 2) tell us where RIM reports in your organization. Andrew Altepeter has an opinion about the latter topic, in his article, “The Case for Including RIM in Information Security,” which begins on page 40.

The cover article is a new entry for a long-standing series. For the eighth time, ARMA International and Forrester Research have teamed to track the RIM profession’s challenges and trends. Starting on page 20, Forrester analyst Cheryl McKinnon, IGP, CIP, summarizes the results of the Forrester Research and ARMA International Records Management Online Survey Q1, 2017; she also describes the three major challenges in “The Next Frontier for RIM Pros.”

As in the challenges McKinnon describes, the need to minimize organizational risks is inherent to most challenges RIM professionals face; you may notice that risk is a common theme for the articles in this issue. North certainly has taken many risks in her trailblazing career featured in the Notable Pros article.

April Dmytrenko, CRM, FAI, personalizes the risk theme in our Fellows Forum, in which she and six other Fellows of ARMA International describe risks they’ve taken, what they’ve learned from them, and how these risks advanced their careers. Go to page 32 to read about them.

Kurt Brenneman, a records analyst with the government records section of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, gives an account of his department’s efforts to minimize the risk of losing historically significant e-mail. His organization adapted the Capstone approach used by the National Archives and Records Administration to preserve all e-mails, regardless of content, in the e-mail accounts of those whose positions are in the upper levels of the organizational hierarchy or in lower-ranked positions that “are likely to create or receive permanent e-mail records.”

We trust that as you read through this issue, you’ll be encouraged to take personal risks that will enhance your career and add to your knowledge about minimizing your organization’s risks related to information assets. Please e-mail editor@armaintl.org to let us know how we can support you in your professional efforts.

Vicki Wiler

Editor in Chief

Read the full article at http://imm.arma.org/article/IN+FOCUS/2734034/390609/article.html.

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