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At its most fundamental, the job of a professional records and information manager involves being able to sentence records for destruction. There have been many occasions when the frustrations and challenges of the job have left me wondering that I was the one being sentenced. So, you think the basic job of cleaning up information isn’t deadly work? Here’s proof.

Malicious or criminal attacks accounted for the main source of data breaches during the first year of operation of Australia’s Notifiable Data Breaches Scheme, according to a 12‑month Insights Report released by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC).

Enterprise organizations continue to push the boundaries in search of technologies that can understand and liberate meaning from unstructured content – documents, email communications, images, and text – given content is central to all business processes and activities.

Much of the progress we’ve seen in artificial intelligence in the past five years is due to deep learning. Advances in software algorithm models, processing power and dramatically lower costs have put deep learning within reach of more companies, opening the door for broader innovation in products and services, and also supporting the execution of complex business processes.

Internet traffic is set to explode, with predictions suggesting it could hit 4.8 zettabytes per year by 2022, which is more than three times the 2017 rate. In Australia, this traffic will consist of data flowing between people and applications, including Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and streaming services, and will increase even further when 5G services become mainstream.

Recently I attended a business networking event and, as you’d expect, the question “So what do you do?” was asked. I gave much the same answer as I’ve given hundreds of times before in that situation and my elevator pitch included the words, ‘business process automation’ (BPA). 

Several years ago, a Swiss Government ministry was sued after it imposed a ban on travellers from Asia entering Switzerland. The reason for the ban was the outbreak of an infectious epidemic in Asia. The ministry wanted to prevent infections in Switzerland, however the ban prevented a group of Asian business people from attending a very important conference, which for them was the key business event of the year.

It won’t surprise you to learn that I sometimes find myself writing a data governance policy for my clients.  Sometimes my clients assume that I will just take a previous policy I've written and tweak it for them. However, this really wouldn't be very helpful for the new client, as it wouldn't be designed to meet their needs!

We’re well past peak bitcoin. Are we approaching peak blockchain, the currency’s much-hyped underlying technology? Sold as a solution to all of life’s problems, blockchain offers a ton of legitimate solutions for businesses – but raises just as many questions.

While IT organizations are making progress with their own internal digital transformation, they are still struggling to support the broader enterprise, reallocate the technology portfolio, implement a more agile technology infrastructure, drive innovation, and improve customer-centricity, according to 2019 IT Key Issues Research from analyst firm The Hackett Group.

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