Uncertainties can never be explicitly predicted or planned for, but it is crucial for companies of all sizes to understand where the dangers lie especially when it comes to information management.
Major challenges with information management and enabling technologies are:
Role of Automation Technologies in Digitization
Despite increased automation and use of technology paper remains an essential medium for storing information in any organization. However, extracting relevant information from the unstructured format found on paper is still challenging. Consider the statistics: active files grow at a rate of 25% per annum, an office worker spends about two hours each day searching for paperwork, a manager spends about four weeks per year searching for information on paper, large organizations lose a document every 12 seconds, and the fact it costs an average of $180 to recreate a lost document.
Enabling technologies and solutions:
Note1 : The Enterprise Content Management Market is estimated to grow from USD 28.10 Billion in 2016 to USD 66.27 Billion by 2021, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 18.7% .
Regulatory Requirements Compliance – Can We Do Away with Paper Documents?
Increased regulatory supervision has resulted in greater compliance requirements on stored data, both in physical and electronic forms. Regulators’ reliance on digital evidence while increasing, there’s still a great amount of emphasis on physical documentary evidence. Sahara and regulators in India have been in the news22 for having to manage truckloads of physical data2.
Hence organizations are striving to strike a balance between retaining physical data and also to digitize the same. The intention being reassurance that data is accessible for internal use or, if necessary, for investigative procedures. Most countries have laws governing maintenance of records and information.
Risks associated with regulatory compliance requirements:
Technological solutions & challenges:
Managing Information Deluge & Related Challenges
Recent news31 of data security breaches at Yahoo & Drop Box and resultant loss of information once again points to the grave risk we live with in this age of advanced technologies.
Increased adoption of BYOD policies and use of mobile devices to store and process data brings a whole new dimension to data integrity and management. Organizations are looking at ways to use information in smarter ways than ever before with the advent of affordable data analytics and big-data engines. However, this also has led to most organizations ending up having more than one technology solution and the inevitable spread of information in multiple platforms.
Smarter modern DMS solutions are being adopted by organization for its ability to aggregate information from multiple platforms. Any productivity improving solution of DMS should ensure that information contained in its repositories are properly controlled for access besides preventing any attempts to read the information bypassing security controls.
Therefore, document management solutions involving secure and intelligent technologies that are capable to handle large data from different platforms and which can optimally extract, store, analyze, use and purge when needed is the need of the hour to make information more productive for organizations big and small alike.
About the author
Srikant Krishnan is a Chartered Accountant by profession with almost 25 years mostly with big 4 accounting firms, of which about a decade was in Europe, before coming out with the venture dMACQ in 2011. As a co-founder of dMACQ (www.dmacq.com), Srikant has been instrumental in bringing productivity improving solutions to its MNC & Global clients with dMACQ’s digitization and technology solutions.
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