- In the face of exponential growth in the variety and volume of content, organizations everywhere are transforming their information management practices in order to take advantage.
- Investments in enterprise content management (ECM) systems have steadily increased as organizations turn to technology to help manage their digital and physical content.
- The promised benefits of ECM systems are not guaranteed out of the box; information quality, findability, availability, and compliance to regulations and standards require people and process to enact enforcement.
- ECM projects often evolve out of point-in-time need, and afterwards users often revert back to ad hoc and informal behavior patterns that jeopardize the efficacy of an ECM system.
- You cannot not manage content. Every organization, and every unit, is managing content; the question is how well are you doing it?
- Governance prevents the sins of the past. Without people and process to design, police, and enforce standards, ad hoc content management prevails.
- Rome wasn’t built in a day. Start with minimum-viable governance, and optimize the model over time as part of the ECM program's continuous improvement.
Impact and Result
- Understand the need for ECM governance to make your desired ECM program a reality, and coordinate your governance projects by setting a vision and mission aligned to the overall ECM program vision.
- Set the initial project scope by knowing where your ECM governance maturity stands today and where you’re headed tomorrow.
- Support your organizational dynamics by choosing an ECM governance model with the right mix of centrality and formality.
- Define the structures, roles, and functions that will comprise your ECM governance model.
- Ensure quality across the information lifecycle by determining classifications and policies.
- Gauge ECM program success and inform continuous improvement by setting performance metrics.
- Create a roadmap of work initiatives to establish ECM governance and execute an ECM program release.
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Workshop: Right-Size the Governance Model for 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: Structure the ECM Governance Project
- Determine the major gaps preventing you from attaining your desired ECM governance maturity and craft a vision to coordinate all projects.
Key Benefits Achieved
- Embrace the ten principles of ECM governance into plans.
- Build consensus among stakeholders for ECM governance plans.
Workshop introduction, overview of activities, and educational primer.
- ECM Governance Educational Primer
Complete organizational context assessment to level-set understanding.
- ECM Governance Maturity Assessment
Review and finalize project drivers, objectives, and scope.
- ECM Governance Project Scope
Determine ECM governance vision and mission statements.
- ECM Governance Vision and Mission
Module 2: Determine Your ECM Governance Model
Right-size the structure, roles, functions, and policies included in your ECM governance model.
Key Benefits Achieved
Understand the ECM governance art of the possible and make informed decisions about the model you will adopt.
Review spectrum of ECM governance models and select the high-level aspirational model.
Determine a structure for the ECM governance model.
- ECM Governance Structure
Review and identify necessary roles for the ECM governance model.
- ECM Governance Roles
Identify and define the functions necessary as part of your ECM governance model.
- ECM Governance Functions
Identify policies to support ECM governance.
- Information Governance Policies
Module 3: Plan the Next Release of Your ECM Governance Model
Build a roadmap of work initiatives to establish and evolve your ECM governance model.
Key Benefits Achieved
Robust, well-thought-out ECM governance project plan.
Set ECM program performance metrics.
- ECM Program Performance Metrics
Develop ECM governance work initiatives and roadmap.
- ECM Governance Roadmap (Establish and Optimize)