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Cohasset | ARMA 2016 | 2017 Information Governance Benchmarking Survey White Paper – Transforming Information Management

Cohasset Associates and ARMA International are pleased to announce their ninth biennial survey white paper. Since the survey’s launch in 1999, these editions chronicle the practice of Records and Information Management (RIM), and more recently, its advancement to Information Governance (IG). They document this relentless evolution, examining RIM, and then IG, as the profession navigates the business complexities, the regulatory... Complete Abstract...

2013 | 2014 INFORMATION GOVERNANCE BENCHMARKING SURVEY FOR THE UTILITIES INDUSTRY

A Call for Modernization in the Utilities Industry

Cohasset Associates is pleased to complement its recently published, eighth biennial survey white paper with this study, borne of industry-specific analyses of the broader survey outcomes. The impetus for this industry study was driven by Iron Mountain and its desire to identify drivers and differences associated with industry practices. This white paper explicitly addresses the... Complete Abstract...

Cohasset Associates | AHIMA 2015 Information Governance In Healthcare White Paper

Professional Readiness and Opportunity

The healthcare industry has declared: information governance (IG) is a business  imperative! As a result, challenges and opportunities abound for the many  healthcare professionals, regardless of their role and position, whose  responsibility it is to execute on this declaration.

A breakthrough survey, conducted by Cohasset Associates, in conjunction with the... Complete Abstract...

2013|2014 INFORMATION GOVERNANCE BENCHMARKING SURVEY FOR LEGAL SERVICES

The State of RIM and IG in Legal Services

Cohasset Associates is pleased to complement its recently published, eighth biennial survey white paper with these industry-specific analyses of survey outcomes of Records and Information Management (RIM) and Information Governance (IG). The impetus for this study was driven by Iron Mountain and its desire to identify drivers and differences with industry practices. This... Complete Abstract...

Cohasset | AHIMA 2014 Information Governance in Healthcare Benchmarking White Paper

A Call to Adopt Information Governance Practices

This white paper describes findings from the first major survey of information governance practices at healthcare organizations. This landmark study, prepared by Cohasset Associates in conjunction with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), evaluates and quantities the state of information governance (IG) maturity and effectiveness, while explicitly... Complete Abstract...

2013|2014 INFORMATION GOVERNANCE BENCHMARKING SURVEY FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES AND INSURANCE

A Call for Modernization in the Financial Services and Insurance Industries

Cohasset Associates is pleased to complement its recently published, eighth biennial survey white paper with this study, borne of industry-specific analyses of the broader survey outcomes. The impetus for this industry study was driven by Iron Mountain and its desire to identify drivers and differences associated with industry practices.... Complete Abstract...

2013 | 2014 INFORMATION GOVERNANCE BENCHMARKING SURVEY FOR THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY

A Call for Modernization in the Oil and Gas Industry

Cohasset Associates is pleased to complement its recently published, eighth biennial survey white paper with this study, borne of industry-specific analyses of the broader survey outcomes. The impetus for this industry study was driven by Iron Mountain and its desire to identify drivers and differences associated with industry practices. This white paper explicitly... Complete Abstract...

2013 | 2014 INFORMATION GOVERNANCE BENCHMARKING SURVEY FOR LIFE SCIENCES

A Call for Modernization in Life Sciences

Cohasset Associates is pleased to complement its recently published, eighth biennial survey white paper with this study, borne of industry-specific analyses of the broader survey outcomes. The impetus for this industry study was driven by Iron Mountain and its desire to identify drivers and differences associated with industry practices. This white paper explicitly... Complete Abstract...

2013|2014 INFORMATION GOVERNANCE BENCHMARKING SURVEY FOR FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS

A Call to Modernize Information Governance in Federal Governments

Cohasset Associates is pleased to complement its recently published, eighth biennial survey white paper with this study, borne of an analysis of the broader survey outcomes. The impetus for this study was driven by Iron Mountain and its desire to identify drivers and differences associated with practices in selected organizations. This white paper explicitly... Complete Abstract...

Cohasset | ARMA | AIIM 2013 | 2014 Information Governance Benchmarking –A Call for Modernization 8th Biennial Survey White Paper

Cohasset Associates, ARMA International and AIIM are pleased to announce this eighth biennial survey white paper. Beginning in 1999, these biennial white papers document the discipline as it evolves from Records and Information Management (RIM) to Information Governance (IG). This year's survey results provide authoritative, up-to-date benchmarking metrics on information lifecycle practices with an emphasis on electronically stored... Complete Abstract...

Cohasset / ARMA International Electronically Stored Information (ESI) - Holds & Proactive Disposition Survey

This White Paper conveys insightful data on the challenges and issues organizations face on the very important topics of legal holds and proactive disposition (deletion) of unneeded and unwanted information.

  • It provides benchmarking data for comparing your organization's progress on hold and disposition/deletion processes.
  • It informs the legal community about the challenges that records and information management... Complete Abstract...

MER 2012 Survey
Electronically Stored Information (ESI)- Legal Holds & Disposition

This survey focuses on (a) destruction/deletion of information and (b) preservation in response to Holds (i.e., Legal Holds, Litigation Holds and Tax Holds), which are issued to stop destruction and preserve information needed for reasonably anticipated, threatened, or pending litigation, government investigation or external audit.

Registrants of the 2012 National Managing Electronic Records (MER) conference were invited to... Complete Abstract...

2011/2012 Electronic Records Management Survey - Call for Action that Manifests Reasonableness and Good Faith

This is the seventh, bi-annual Cohasset/ARMA survey and white paper on Electronically Stored Information (ESI) practices.

The results of this survey clearly show:

  • There are many problems,
  • These problems create unacceptable business risks, and accordingly,
  • There is a need for organizations to initiate prompt action.

Bottom line: This white paper is a "call-to-action" for both users and... Complete Abstract...

Meet the Content Tsunami Head On

Organizations of all sizes need a robust information governance capability for organizing structured and unstructured information assets into meaningful and sustainable categories without a significant reliance on users. To that end, the power of computers must be used to appraise, organize, and retrieve content at a pace that can match the rate at which it is received and created.

This means that organizations must:

Managing Records Across the Enterprise

Electronic record content is proliferating exponentially as commercial and public organizations conduct more and more of their day-to-day business using electronic documents and data. The greatest legal and business risks associated with this vast volume of electronic content are those records typically stored and managed on local hard disk (“C”) drives, network storage servers or shared drives, e-mail servers or related backup media... Complete Abstract...

Authenticity: The Gateway to Admissability

The 2006 revisions to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) manifest many significant legal changes, particularly with respect to the legal policies regarding the management of electronically stored information (ESI).

Record integrity and timely production of ESI are now essential goals for all organizations. In support of these two objectives, this Cohasset white paper seeks to identify how the FRCP provide opportunities,... Complete Abstract...

2009 Electronic Records Management Survey - Call for Sustainable Capabilities

The findings of the 2009 Cohasset Associates ARMA International Electronic Records Management Survey reflect both progress and significant problems:

  • Considerable improvements have been achieved in some key programmatic components associated with the successful management of electronic records.
  • For an alarming number of organizations, the efficient and systematic management of records is still not getting done.
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The Legality of Digital Image Copies of Paper Records

This Cohasset white paper seeks to help organizations make informed decisions to convert their paper records in digital image copies. Specifically, it addresses the extent to which digital image copies, a subset of ESI, a) are legal as records, b) can substitute for paper originals and c) can be admitted into evidence in a court of law as credible records - imbuing accuracy, reliability and trustworthiness. Authoritative answers to four... Complete Abstract...

No Paper Weight – ROI Assessment

Although electronic records management systems have been available for nearly ten years, they have not been implemented at the anticipated level of success because the process of declaring and classifying their records still has been largely manual. Today, the automation of records management policies, processes and business practices is no longer an option; it is a necessity.

To facilitate the needed adoption of needed new... Complete Abstract...

Information Governance: A Core Requirement for the Global Enterprise

This Cohasset white paper details the major disconnect that exists between managing the information lifecycle to meet operating requirements and enforcing information policies – a problem primarily due to organizations not recognizing:

  • Policy enforcement is the keystone of successful records management and
  • Enforcement of enterprise records management (ERM) policies is an integral part of ERM management
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The Eternal Charter: Improving Corporate Governance through Compliance and Assured Records Management

In today’s business world, companies face heightened stakeholder, legal, and regulatory pressures. With investors increasingly comparing companies on the basis of the quality and effectiveness of their governance, the ability of a business to leverage the value of its records will directly influence the valuation of the company.

This Cohasset white paper provides a compelling new perspective on how effective records management... Complete Abstract...

Compliance Requirements Assessment: IBM DB2 Records Manager and Record-Enabled Solutions

With their respected accuracy, detail, and completeness, records have historically been regarded as the “corporate memory” – documenting daily business actions and decisions. When records meet both operational and legal requirements, they are recognized as the most trustworthy evidence of an organization’s voluminous transactions and processes. As such, records enable companies and government agencies to review, analyze or... Complete Abstract...

IBM FileNet Records Manager - Cost Effective Electronic Records Management: An Assessment

This white paper is Cohasset Associates’ assessment of FileNet’s Records Manager software and associated products – regarding the capabilities of these products to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of managing electronic records.

Cost-effective electronic records management is possible if the management process is automated. This white paper is an analysis of how FileNet’s Records Manager automates the declaration... Complete Abstract...

Assured Records Management: Establish and Maintain a New Level of Perfomance

The beginning of the twenty-first century has been marred by an erosion of trust in corporate and government institutions. Waves of regulatory investigations and sanctions, the proliferation of electronic content, and concerns about the protection of privacy and intellectual property have raised awareness among business and political leaders of the urgent need to improve enterprise information management.

This Cohasset white paper... Complete Abstract...

Realizing the Need and Putting the Key Components in Place to "Getting it Right" in Records Management

To meet the increasingly stringent and complex legal, regulatory, and operational requirements for managing records, there must be significant improvements in the process by which organizations manage all of their records.

This white paper was prepared for AIIM International.