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University lecturer reports bad news about your information governance program

LAS VEGAS -- The sad truth is that most information governance initiatives either fail or fall short. But there are some steps that companies can take to help increase the chances of success, according to Richard J. Self, a senior lecturer in informatics and business and information governance at the University of Derby in the U.K.

SearchDataManagement caught up with Self in between sessions at the IBM Information on Demand conference. Self explained that achieving success with an information governance program means first getting buy-in from senior executives. And to get buy-in, IT professionals need to put the benefits of information governance in terms the C-Level executives can understand.

Self went on to say that information governance skills are currently in low demand. He also had some additional tips for those considering an information governance program.

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Very disappointing. Richard Self (and the interviewer) is conflating IT Services, project delivery and Information Governance - they're not the same thing, and it's not at all helpful to do so.

There's nothing in this conversation that relates to Information Governance - it's all about computing and IT/tech. The notion that "there's low demand for Information Governance skills" is not evidenced at all in the interview - why make that up?!

I also disagree with the assertion that you "must have buy in from the C-suite" (although I concur with the concepts of couching messages in business and stakeholder language). There's a lot of emerging practice that illustrates democratisation, end-user oriented data quality and distributed data management can have a real impact and deliver business value in a bottom/up approach.

Grade: D- Must Try Harder....
Also, the assertion in the summary note that “IG skills are in low demand” is unfounded - there’s nothing in the interview that substantiates that claim so why make it up?