President's Message Dear fellow information achievers Welcome to the Olympic edition of your newsletter. I am sure that most of you are like me, proud of the fantastic success the Team Australia achieved in Tokyo in the last few weeks. For a data analyst perspective on the Aussie Team Tokyo achievements, visit <AUS Team success stats> If you, like me, are interested in the detailed information, you can find it at <Tokyo 2020 Australian Olympic Team in Numbers> Training. Exhaustive planning. Hard work. Focus. Goals. Pressure. Unmovable deadlines. Peak performance. High expectations. Desire to excel. Hope to accomplish the target result. Aspiration not to disappoint. No second chances. Fear of failure. Only winners are remembered. Sounds familiar? But what happened with Coubertin’s motto "It is not important to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle”? We all had our peak moments. My medal is not Olympic. I am pretty sure that it is not made of gold. But it is precious to me. It is a small token of recognition for my humble achievement. I think of nurses, fighting health challenges and saving lives every day. I think of firefighters, risking their lives to protect us from disasters. I think of soldiers ensuring we live in peace. I think of our colleagues information professionals working tirelessly to analyse data and trace COVID contacts to stop this outbreak and get us out of the lockdown nightmares. So many of you deserve a medal. Perhaps not on the podium, most likely not made of gold, but a simple and humble form of recognition for your amazing and selfless efforts. One of those humble achievements in most recent challenging times was the delivery of the Information Awareness Month (IAM) earlier this year, surrounded with very frustrating and challenging circumstances. Recently, a brochure that summarises this event was published. It contains views, questions, thoughts, dialogues and recommendations from hundreds of information professionals, focused on a range of information management related hot topics and challenges. You can access it at <IAM 2021 Summary>. I would like to thank all the organisers, facilitators, participants and other contributors to this great activity. I also congratulate to all of you, information professionals and knowledge workers, quiet achievers offering your contributions in making Australia a better place by improving the way we appreciate, understand and handle one of the key resources needed for our brighter tomorrow. “Citius, Altius, Fortius - Communiter” (“Faster, Higher, Stronger - Together”). Yours sincerely Vladimir Videnovic Proud Australian
Vladimir Videnovic IIM President
Information Governance White Paper - Part 2 Author: Vladimir Videnovic, IIM President The volume, velocity and variety of information that most organisations today need to acquire, register, store, manage and protect often exceeds their ability to address information governance challenges. According to the AIIM Industry Watch, up to 79% of organisations realise that they must transform into true digital businesses in order to survive: “as the currency that fuels and funds the journey, information is an organisation’s most valuable asset”. Information Governance is a vital foundation for a modern digital workplace that defines how information assets of an organisation are created, managed and used, in order to derive business value in modern ways.  AIIM Industry Watch: “Best Practices for Automating Information Governance”, 2019
IAM 2021 Summary Information Awareness Month (IAM) is the opportunity for industry bodies and industry practitioners to work together to celebrate the profession of managing information.
The theme for 2021 was “Building Trust – Adaptability and Capabilities”.
This booklet provides collaborative group members a summation of the discussions that occurred at each of the round tables with ideas to follow up in the ensuing years.
Nurturing A Contemporary Project Teams Author: David Williams, IIM Member We often use project management practices to uplift the capabilities of an organisation to manage its information management practices. How we manage IM projects is evolving and the Australian Institute of Project Management regularly publishes articles on where the practice is going. One of our IIM members, David Williams, has an article published in the winter edition of Paradigm Shift on how to nurture project teams.
Are We Really Setting Things Up For Our Successors? A brief review of recent changers in our industry. By Rainer Krause, Managing Director, ELO Digital Office Australia/New Zealand
Things have changed way before Covid and if there is anything positive coming out of our current situation and forced re-thinking whether or not we like it.
We have looked at the trends over the years and in no particular order, we noticed some shifts in thinking:
Responsibility shifts in Cyber Security
The rise in multi-purposes systems
Is Artificial Intelligence / Auto-classification helping us?
The death of legacy systems may be exaggerated but ....
Cloud vs On-prem , or better large versus small
NAA report provides eGovernment reality check Despite more than 10 years of concerted effort to encourage a digital transformation of Australia’s federal government agencies, only two thirds “always or almost always” work digitally by default i.e. create, store and manage information digitally. This is one of a number of issues of concern contained in the latest Checkup Plus survey by the National Archives of Australia, which shows government paper archives continue to grow.