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Mapping: The Basis of Information Management

Know what information you have, know where it is and know how you can use it

In this blog I usually cut right to the e-discovery chase. However, e-discovery does not exist in a vacuum but is one of several business processes that depend on information visibility. Typical related processes include compliance, internal governance, risk management and storage management. The universal theme controlling them and e-discovery is information management: Know what information you have, know where it is, and know how you can use it.

 

The foundation of this knowledge is a dynamic and actionable map of collected electronically stored information (ESI). It may be called a map or table of contents or index (just don't call it late for dinner). The map is an automated table of contents of electronic data that is searchable, visual and reportable. This indexed listing of files should include the whole gamut of electronic records in the enterprise including email and file servers, archives, desktops and laptops and remote locations.

 

Christine Taylor, an analyst with The Taneja Group, has more than a decade of experience in covering the IT and communications industries. She has written extensively on the role of technology in e-discovery, compliance and governance, and information management. View Full Bio
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