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Understanding The Information Strategist

Understanding The Information Strategist
The world of associations and groups that serve the enterprise information sector currently looks something like this:‚Äč

Each association and group has a body of knowledge and a specific profession, that leverages enterprise information, and focuses on that specific profession (e.g. Records Managers are served by ARMA, ECM is served by AIIM, Privacy Professionals by IAPP, etc.). The Information Coalition serves a gap in this structure that isn't quite visible in our typical understanding of associations and groups, let me show it to you...

You can find the gap with me by asking some very simple questions:

  • Which group sets organizational policy?
  • Which group is "in charge" of information?
  • Who coordinates between the various roles?


Who is it that does that cross functional work that aligns enterprise information policy and structure across disciplines? In some companies it's the CIO, in others it's the CTO, in many others (I daresay most), it's no one at all. There's the huge gap. We call the people that fill that gap, whatever their official title, an information strategist.

It's the information strategist, and the people that are de facto Information Strategists, that the Information Coalition serves, and we believe that the real picture of where things are going is something akin to this:

We believe that the information strategist's role is incredibly challenging and incredibly important, whatever their official title may be (CIO, CTO, CIGO, Information Manager, Records Manager, Privacy Director, etc.).

The deep knowledge of the associations and groups that cover our broad sector should be cherished and honored; but let's be clear - we aren't that. The information strategist needs to have knowledge across disciplines, a bit of everything. The information strategist needs to have knowledge about how to align the various disciplines. This is where we serve and it shows in how we operate.

What many don't know is that we invite as many of the groups you see above to speak, present, and display at The Information Governance Conference. A few have taken us up on that offer (ARMA has in the past, the ICRM board has joined us, and IAPP and the PDF Association will be joining us this year).

Unfortunately, some have decided to not take us up on our offer, viewing us instead as competition. We'd like to clear the air and help everyone better understand our positioning, so that we can all move forward, together, and help our various professions advance, together. Consider this an open and public call to any and all of the aforementioned groups (and any we might have missed) to come and join us this year. We are paying for the costs of their registration and their tables (which we are charged for by the convention center) ourselves, that's how deep our commitment to this cross-functional work is.

As for the Information Coalition, we're continuing to gain momentum and are growing at a breakneck pace, not because we are fighting against the disciplinary focused associations. We're growing because we are enhancing their offerings, providing guidance on how to move from the tactical roles of a specific discipline into the broad role of an information strategist. If you're seeing your role shift towards the role of an "information strategist", join us, our basic membership is free (and we're committed to your success) and ALSO join the association that serves your specific domain of knowledge, we all have a role to play in the future of our professions.

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Introducing Information Coalition

Introducing Information Coalition

I believe in the strength of the information community.

The Information Governance Conference team has been providing resources to the community for nearly three years now, resources like the Conference itself, the Information Governance Model, Information Symposium, and now Research.

It is now time to unify and bring together the community once again, this time bringing every resource, event, and educational offering under one new banner...

Information Coalition.

Information Coalition is focused on your needs as an information professional. We're the same team that crowdsources conference sessions, makes your voice heard through community awards chosen by you, and now we're taking that community connection to the next level.

Information Coalition is your resource for Enterprise Information success and we have a ton of resources for you.

  • We've got unlimited education for our Professional Members, along with facilitated Peer Groups that are focused on your specific information challenges.

  • We've got an online community, and you're reading from our community blogs right now. It is a new, strong forum for the exchange of ideas.

  • We've got exclusive, foundational resources just for you, from The Information Governance Model to the Enterprise Information Management Maturity Model.

So you see, we're the Information Coalition, and so are you.

Join us by becoming an Information Coalition Member, at the level most appropriate for you:

  • Essentials Members: Free membership for life. IC Essentials Membership gives you access to many of the resources you'll need for your Enterprise Information success. Nominate for #InfoGov Awards, Vote in #InfoGov Awards, Download Research, Join the Community, Download Resources, Register for Events, and more.

  • Professional Membership: Low cost annual membership. IC Professional Membership is unmatched in its' benefits including our Peer Groups and Unlimited Education. All of the benefits of Basic Membership plus... Expert Facilitated Mentoring Peer Review Group, Early Access to Research, Special Bi-Annual Analyst Briefing, Discounts on Events, Access Research Archive, Access Webinar Archive, and Unlimited Education.

  • Enterprise Membership: IC Enterprise Membership is available for organizations with an ongoing commitment to their information. We offer a group discount for Professional Memberships under our Enterprise Membership. All of the benefits of Professional Membership for your employees, available at a progressive group discount.

  • Underwriters: IC Underwriters are vendor organizations that have a commitment to the Enterprise Information community. Underwriters put their support and their money behind this effort, in return they are featured in our Solutions Directory, get discounts across all sponsorship products, unlimited education access, and loads more. Contact us to become an IC Underwriter as we begin rolling out Underwriter status and features in the coming weeks.

Information Coalition is focused on your needs, not the next shiny new distraction. We are invested in your enterprise information success. We thank you for your support.

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