The Nuix Information Governance Forum, which has just closed in Palm Beach, Florida, was a late entry into my calendar. Nuix CEO Eddie Sheehy mentioned it to me when we were in Hong Kong a couple of weeks ago and it sounded too good to miss.
So it proved. It will take me a while to assimilate everything which was said there and to boil it down to a readable article, not least because I have yet to write up the Asia eDiscovery Exchange 2012, and all hell seems to have broken loose on multiple other fronts – that is a positive thing, by the way, but it disrupts the writing schedule more than somewhat.
Eddie Sheehy opened and closed the show, leaving us in no doubt that we are entering a new period in our thinking about how companies manage and (more significantly) use and extract value from data and turn it into information and thence into a business asset.
The excellent Debra Logan from Gartner gave us five information governance mistakes and twelve practical suggestions for improving it. We need multi-skilled people who will take us beyond servers and “lights which blink” and into the crossover between legal, compliance, business units, and IT. The technology itself, she suggested, is not our biggest problem.
David Cowen of The Cowen Group brought his usual energy to the discussion sections of the forum, drawing out contributions from an audience which brought experience from every corner of the information governance world, and keeping us on our toes during a day and a half in which session followed interesting session with barely a break.
The panels were well chosen, each bringing forward a different aspect of the problems, the solutions and the future development of information governance ideas and practice.
An efficient team from Nuix and The Cowen Group made it all work, ….
…the social events as well as the serious stuff.
The Breakers at Palm Beach provided a first-rate setting, grand yet understated, with fine rooms, good food and (miracle of rare miracles) Wi-Fi included in the room rate which worked in every corner of the building. Any conference veteran will tell you how significant this apparently trivial benefit can be.
The Breakers has another advantage as well – its doors open literally onto the beach.
This was a first-rate event, mixing serious business with social pleasure in fine surroundings. I will write it up properly shortly.
By the way, Nuix has a new web site. I haven’t got to the content yet, just admired the photographs of Eddie Sheehy and Jim Kent. How nice to use one’s own staff to bring the business closer to its customers.