Information Management

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Information Management - provides a path to good decision-making and business success.

With more information moving faster than ever before, the core competency of information management is key to an organization's future growth and business planning success.

The tremendous amount of small business information and data coming from multiple sources that needs to be processed, filtered, and disseminated to multiple audiences is a growing challenge as companies strive to become more competitive in their respective industry.

Sources of information may include paper, computer data, or both. Information can come internally from within an organization, or externally from industry publications, professional associations, news, customer/clients, training, vendors, and consultants to name a few.

As online data has become the dominant source of information, technology has gained an increasingly larger role in managing management. Given the lightning-fast pace technology continues to advance, a specialized IT (information technology) work force has evolved to support IT departments.

With a multitude of hardware, software, network, mobile and cloud-based technologies, IT is an critical resource. Information management has evolved to include the evaluation, organization, control, planning, structure, process and reporting of information; the foundation of good decision-making for today's leaders.Good decision-making leads to success for every business owner or team leader.

Consider following a basic process to information management for your team. A great first step is to answer these key questions as you determine the value of the information being managed

  • What is the key message or call to action? How does the key message support the organization's priorities? If it does not support the organization's priorities, reconsider the actual value of the data. Perhaps you will decide to filter it out to help effectively lighten the load of information.
  • When does the information need to be disseminated? Is it time-sensitive or confidential? Prioritization of information and coordinated communication is central to effective management.
  • Who is the appropriate audience? Determine if there are multiple audiences. If so, go through the same basic process for each audience. Pay special attention to coordinating the timing of communication between audiences.
  • How will the information be communicated? Will the message be delivered electronically, printed/mail, phone, in-person? Thoughtfully plan to coordinate the scheduled timing of the communication.

Information management is foundational to an organization's success. The effective management of information within your organization, as well as externally to your client base, will provide a source of power and momentum for meeting your most important goals and objectives.

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