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Embrace Information Lifecycle Management in Your ECM Program

Assure the quality of your information assets from cradle to grave (and every stage in between) with an effective information classification scheme, policies, and governance.

  • Information lifecycle management (ILM) considerations are ever-changing. As regulations, industry practices, and organization priorities emerge and evolve, organizations must constantly adapt their approach. There is no one-size-fits-all approach.
  • Information volume continues to grow exponentially. As more information is created and managed, an organization’s need to mitigate the associated risk exposure through ILM is increasingly urgent.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Don’t tackle every information asset. The majority of your information does not merit the ILM investment; start by prioritizing information domains and tackle what is most important.
  • Keep the program simple, yet elegant. Balance the granularity of your ILM program with organizational need and resource availability.
  • Governance is a necessary evil. Without people and process to design, police, and enforce standards, ad hoc ILM practices will prevail.

Impact and Result

  • Scope and structure ILM projects by prioritizing your organization’s information domains based on risk and value, and tackling the most pertinent domains first.
  • Leave no stone unturned, and avoid expensive re-work, by researching and defining your organization’s ILM operating model (i.e. regulatory, industrial, and organizational considerations) ahead of classification and policy creation.
  • Take a two-step approach to defining the standards by which your information assets must be handled. Begin by articulating an information classification scheme that highlights various standards of care that must be adhered to for different classes of information and use detailed policies to flesh out the specifics at each stage in the information lifecycle.
  • Establish a governance model to enable, maintain, and optimize the ILM program. Effective ILM governance ensures the ILM program is adaptive to evolving operating models and technology trends over time.
  • Leverage ILM technology to structure and automate your ILM program.

Embrace Information Lifecycle Management in Your ECM Program Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out information lifecycle management is critical to extracting value and mitigating risk with respect to your information assets, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.

1. Establish the information lifecycle management foundation

Kick-start your ILM project and program by developing the ILM operating model and conducting an information audit.

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Workshop: Embrace Information Lifecycle Management in Your ECM Program

Workshops offer an easy way to accelerate your project. If you are unable to do the project yourself, and a Guided Implementation isn't enough, we offer low-cost delivery of our project workshops. We take you through every phase of your project and ensure that you have a roadmap in place to complete your project successfully.

Module 1: ILM Workshop Level-Set

The Purpose

  • Craft the driving statements for the ILM program.
  • Define the logical groupings of information assets that will fall under the ILM program.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Definition of information domains that support scoping of the ILM project.




Introductions and workshop overview.


Identify ILM objectives and drivers.


Define the ILM program vision and mission.

  • ILM program vision and mission statements

Identify and define information domains.

  • List of organizational information domains and definitions

Module 2: Organizational Context for ILM

The Purpose

  • Prioritize the information domains based on organizational value and risk.
  • Develop an ILM operating model.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Defined scope for the ILM project.
  • ILM operating model that compiles the key legal/regulatory, industry, and organizational considerations for ILM.




Conduct information domain risk assessment.


Conduct information domain value assessment.

  • Prioritized list of organizational information domains

Prioritize and scope information domains for ILM project.

  • Scope of ILM project

Develop ILM operating model.

  • ILM operating model (i.e. regulatory, industrial, and organizational considerations framework)

Module 3: Develop the Information Classification Scheme

The Purpose

  • Define an information classification scheme that serves as the foundation for policy development.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Defined information classification levels.
  • Defined standards of care that are applied to information assets at each classification level.




Review information classification schemes from industry.


Determine starting point for information classification.

  • Information classification scheme

Identify standards of care.


Define standards of care.

Module 4: Information and Program Governance for ILM

The Purpose

  • Establish the governance structures that will bring your ILM program to life.
  • Assess your existing policies/standards and create an action plan for addressing gaps.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Defined governance structure, roles, responsibilities, and functions.
  • Action items for developing ILM policies.




Review information lifecycle model for information governance policies.


Identify existing ILM policies and policy gaps.

  • ILM policy needs assessment and action plan

Determine action items to close ILM policy gaps.

  • ILM policy templates

Determine ILM governance structure, roles, and functions.

  • ILM governance model

Module 5: ILM Workshop Debrief

The Purpose

  • Create an ILM program stakeholder presentation.
  • Develop an ILM roadmap and communication plan.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Compelling summary of workshop activity outputs.




Assemble ILM program stakeholder presentation.

  • ILM program stakeholder presentation

Identify and validate roadmap of activities for ILM.

  • ILM program roadmap (i.e. high-level next steps)

Conduct senior leader presentation.

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Guided Implementation 1: Establish the information lifecycle management foundation
  • Call 1: Structure the ILM program and project.
  • Call 2: Develop your ILM operating model.
  • Call 3: Conduct an audit of information assets.

Guided Implementation 2: Develop ILM classifications and policies
  • Call 1: Set the information classification scheme.
  • Call 2: Determine ILM policy needs.
  • Call 3: Draft your ILM policies.

Guided Implementation 3: Implement and operationalize ILM
  • Call 1: Establish the ILM governance model.
  • Call 2: Implement your ILM program.


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