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10 principles of effective information management

Written by James Robertson, published November 1st, 2005 Categorised under: articles, information management Improving information management practices is a key focus for many organisations, across both the public and private sectors. This is being driven by a range of factors, including a need to improve the efficiency of business processes, the demands of compliance regulations and the desire to deliver new services. In many cases, ‘information management’ has meant deploying new technology solutions, such as content or document management systems, data warehousing or portal applications. These projects have a poor track record of success, and most organisations are still struggling to deliver an integrated information management environment. Effective information management is not easy. This article draws together a number of ‘critical success factors’ for information management projects. From the outset, it must be emphasised that this is not an article about technology. Ten principles Related:  ITIL and Infosec Best Practices

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10 Habits IT Administrators Should Avoid Most experienced system administrators have inherited an IT infrastructure at least once and have been unsatisfied with the work of a predecessor. The complete revision of the entire infrastructure is a painful and costly process, but may be inevitable to reclaim control, minimize the risk of system downtime, check and update internal workflows or even get rid of processes that might increase the risks of security violations. Even experienced professionals can fall into bad habits that affect performance and put the IT infrastructure at risk. So, it’s important to acknowledge these bad habits to avoid them. Failing to keep and review documentation. This is a classic bad habit because no one enjoys documenting. Sticking to old defence methods. There’s no solution to guarantee protection against a sophisticated targeted attack but your current security strategy should reflect your needs and capabilities. Forgetting to document changes. Doing everything manually. Failing to make backups.

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