CIGO - Leader of the Wolf Pack

Information Governance is situated in an ever changing digital landscape with a temperamental climate. As enterprise content management and big data has evolved to become high litigation risks, it’s only pragmatic for organizations to move towards and take into account the value of a Chief Information Governance Officer, CIGO.

In a panel discussion between three industry experts, Vicki Lee Clewes, Ann Snyder, and Aaron Crews, each presented their cases for the critical role and subsequent “Emergence of the Chief Information Governance Officer.” (InfoGov Conference 2015)

The CIGO operates as the leader of Information Governance, owning all responsibility for the enterprise content within the organization.

Since the introduction of the first CIGO summit last May, we are now able to see how a CIGO model has been developed, streamlined, and implemented into organizations of different industries. Law firms have taken an emerging spotlight within this conversation, as this role has been a pragmatic solution to many. Jim Merrifield, Information Governance Manager at Robinson+Cole presented this argument nearly a year ago within his article, “The Rise of Information Governance in Law Firms.” Merrifield restates a very poignant fact that, “ungoverned information equals litigation disasters,” taken from the 2014 International Legal Technology Association’s annual meeting.

Information Governance must be a primary factor within executive discussions as the responsibility of big data is an ever looming litigation threat. Creating executive space for this role could account for a major decline in ECM mis-management. Enterprise content management is a significant priority when analyzing an organization’s vision and execution of that vision. It seems to be a lesson learned the difficult way, but it could be said that we were unprepared for big data being a big mess, and this very much might be the organic solution.