Information Management – The Technology Does’t Matter Presentation at AIIM 16

Pre-Presentation Call Tonight at 8 PM EDT

I will be presenting: “Information Management – The Technology Doesn’t Matter” on Wednesday, 27 April, 11:40 AM-12:25 PM at AIIM 2016 and I am hosting a Presentation Pre-Call on April 20th at 8 PM EDT to provide a very short discussion of some main topics I plan to cover and then open up the call for you to provide any feedback, questions, or topics you would like to me to include during my talk at the AIIM conference.

Here is the Presentation Description:

Any successful information management implementation requires people to be successful. Technology is important but it is only one piece of the puzzle. This presentation will focus on the governance, frameworks, programs, and training needed to successfully manage information in the enterprise and make the technology you choose succeed. Learn how to help your customers manage information as a business asset and deliver on the promise of discovering new insights and creating value from the information and data.

Presentation Pre-Call Details: 

Presentation Pre-Call on April 20th at 8 PM EDT

Call-in Number: (712) 770-4010

Passcode: 676-296

 

What Does Culture Have to Do with Information Management?

My latest article for Document Strategy magazine,  “What Does Culture Have to Do with Information Management?” has been published.

When we think of rolling out information management solutions, what is the single biggest risk factor for success of the project? The answer is the adoption of the new solution by the people. Why is this? In most cases, we are asking people to change their behavior. We are asking them to use a new application or change the way they create, save and find information because of this new solution. We are asking them to change their relationship with information. For some, this is a big change. Read More…

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Change

Something to Ponder This Weekend...

Albert EinsteinIf the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts. ~ Albert Einstein

I love that quote! Change is that scary word that most people shy away from.  I don’t want to change. Why should I change? Why doesn’t everyone else change to accommodate me? If I change, then I will be out of my comfort zone. Why change something that isn’t broken?

Asking someone to change is like expecting the sun to not rise. Isn’t it a pointless request? Change comes from within. Change is something we do with ourselves. Only we can control us, no one else. So why ask, expect, anticipate, anything from someone else?

Let’s focus on how to change us. First why would anyone want to change themselves? Is it because they don’t like the outcome? Have you ever had a conversation with someone and you really want to change their mind about something? You try so hard to convince them that your point of view is right and theirs is wrong! Can’t they see that?  I mean do they realize just how foolish their ideas are? Ha!

Cause and Effect. Facts and Theory. Yin and Yang. If you don’t like the end result, then you need to change the actions. If the facts don’t fit the theory, in other words, the end result of the facts is not the theory then the facts must change.  Your actions (cause) create an end result (effect).  If you don’t like the effect, change the cause.  If you want a particular effect, but aren’t getting it, then change the cause.

It is really simple but we complicate it because we think it is everyone else that needs to change and not us.

Stop. Take a breath.

Read that again. It is really that simple. We want a different end result. We need to make a change.

If you want to convince someone you are right and they are looking at you like you have three eyes… stop. Look within. Why do you want to convince anyone of anything? If someone cannot see your point of view for whatever reason, if someone is doing something that you do not like, if someone or something is not what you expected… then look within.

Look at what you are doing, thinking, saying,… take the blame off others and look at your actions and make the necessary changes and adjustments to achieve the end result you so desire.

What Does Culture Have to Do with Information Management? …Everything!

ThumbsUpCultureLater this week my latest article for Document Strategy magazine will be published with same title as this post.

We have all heard some of these IT project failure statistics.

  • One in six IT projects have an average cost overrun of 200% and a schedule overrun of 70%. Source: Why Your IT Project May Be Riskier Than You Think, Bent Flyvbjerg; Alexander Budzier, Harvard Business Review, September 2011.
  • 33% of projects fail because of a lack of involvement from senior management. Source: University of Ottawa.
  • The United States economy loses $50-$150 billion per year due to failed IT projects. Source: The Cost of Bad Project Management by Benoit Hardy-Vallee, Gallup Business Journal, February 7, 2012

When we think of rolling out Information Management solutions, what is the single biggest risk factor for success of the project? The adoption of the new solution by the people! Why is this? Because, in most cases we are asking people to change their behavior. We are asking them to use a new application or change the way they create, save, and find information because of this new solution/application. We are also asking them to change their relationship with information. For some, this is a big change. They are being asked to “share” the information in the new application repository when they are so used to just saving everything to their hard drive.

What do we do to help ensure success?

My article will address this challenge and offer actionable steps to address this challenge. Stay tuned!

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Steal The Show: From Speeches to Job Interviews to Deal-Closing Pitches, How to Guarantee a Standing Ovation for All the Performances in Your Life (New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015)

Steal the show written by Michael Port is a must have book for anyone who wants to effectively influence others. It is especially helpful, proving actionable strategies, for speaking in front of an audience, your peers, or other groups. I loved the “seven steps to successful rehearsals that produce great performances.”

If you have a high stakes performance (speech, presentation, job interview, or high stakes discussion with a spouse or child) why would you attempt it without rehearsing? This is a must read for everyone.

unlocking data to solve real world business challenges

Yesterday, I had the privilege to speak at the Olin College of Engineering at the Olin Innovation Lab hosted by the Olin CIO Joanne Kossuth.

OIL-March2016My keynote was titled “unlocking data to solve real world business challenges”. Think about it. The very data you need to solve a problem may be hidden away. Hidden, because that data can be located inside documents, images, videos, emails, or even inside a database. And what about file shares.

I shared some of the lessons I learned over the last 5 1/2 years leading the team at BP managing the information and data from the Gulf Oil Spill.

One example was the data locked away inside invoices for the spend responding to the spill. Some of the invoices were over 1000 pages. So, how do you unlock this data? We used intelligent optical character recognition to extract the data from the invoice. Then we imported that data into a database and linked that data to the invoice. Now invoice line item data within the invoice was available for queries and search. When the data of interest is found the analyst could click on the data result and view the original invoice information.

I will be sharing other examples of unlocking data over the next few posts. Eventually I will make my keynote available here on this site.

Question: What are some other examples of hidden data that you can think of? Leave a comment below.

I will be participating on the panel “Big Data: Real-World Challenges, Insight and Business Value” along with Panelists: Carl Jaekel, Med Mutual; Declan Moss, Navistar Inc.; Brett Collins, Navistar Inc. and will be moderated by Lane Severson, Doculabs.

Date: May 10, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM
Event: 2016 DOCUMENT Strategy Forum Conference (DSF ’16)
Topic: Big Data: Real-World Challenges, Insight and Business Value
Sponsor: Event Evolution
Venue: Hyatt Regency O’Hare
Location: 9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont, Illinois 60018
USA
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

Russ Stalters Writing For DOCUMENT Strategy Media Again

Winter 2015 Document Strategy

Several years ago I was a contributing columnist for DOCUMENT  Strategy Media. I am happy to announce that I will be writing a monthly column once again. Back when I was writing at BetterECM I wrote some articles for DOCUMENT Strategy.

Once my first article, “Legaltech 2016: A Report from The Conference”, is available I will send out a post with the link to the article. I want to thank Allison Lloyd, editor of DOCUMENT Strategy Media, for the opportunity to come back as a columnist.

I am excited to speak at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, 13th Olin Innovation Lab.

Date: March 22, 2016
Event: Olin Innovation Lab
Sponsor: Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Venue: Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Location: 1000 Olin Way
Needham, MA 02492
United States
Public: Private