Author: Tom Green, Sales Executive Training and Events
As a new member of the training team at TFPL I thought I’d note down a few points gleaned from my work to date. In particular, Cloud technology and its future impact on organizations has become a regular topic of client conversations. The information, knowledge and records management sector is talking about this revolutionary hosted service and the effects that implementing it will have for their future. What it can provide to their current systems and what it has potential to has created an excited hype around its revolutionary infrastructure. However, with this air of potential does come challenge. A stigma of unreliability around how connective, compliant and secure it really is still holds prominence within the minds of information professionals faced with the future potential of having to use it.
However, not all information management professionals hold similar speculations or concerns. Some see the Cloud as only a technological change so are not yet focussing on how they will manage information services within it in the future. In fairness, if the intercompany talk which surrounds them only revolves around its impact as a technology, why would they think otherwise. This is however, what we have learned to try to avoid. We are trying to encourage our community to think about its impact and, in turn, fully prepare themselves and their information service for the future. As a recent example, SharePoint had a big impact on information services that were not completely prepared for what it could do and how it should be managed. Like Cloud it was optimistically seen as a revolutionary way to host organisational information yet, through lack of preparation, could not be properly used and in turn became recognised as disruptive. From my own experiences of perspectives toward Cloud this has the potential to happen again.
This is why I feel our future event by discussing Cloud specifically in terms of its impact on information, knowledge and records management professionals is important. By creating a space for organisations to learn, share and discuss about their future in Cloud it will help lay a foundation for it to be efficiently used in the future. Take your opportunity to join the discussion and start thinking about how it will affect you at ‘Sharing Information...re-defined’ on 20th October