Special Interest Groups

When there is the demand for more in-depth analysis of a particular topic, IRMAC sponsors so-called Special Interest Groups or SIGs. A SIG provides a forum for discussion and more investigation on a critical data subject or hot technology.

We have run successful Special Interest Groups on:

  • Enterprise Information Management (see below)
  • Metadata
  • Business Intelligence, and
  • Data Warehousing

Details of the proceeding of these Special Interest Groups can be found in our online archives.

If you have a particular interest in a topic that you would like to see as the focus of a Special Interest Group , or would be interested in helping us establish one, then contact the President or any other Board member.

Enterprise Information Management

Information management is an important function within the enterprise, similar to financial management and HR management.  However, unlike Finance and HR, there is no “Corporate IM Function”.  Obviously, enterprises (even ‘information-intensive’ enterprises) get by without a corporate IM function – they have been doing so for a long time, and continue to do so without any apparent harm.  On the other hand, we see respected research organizations such as Gartner and Forrester proclaim the importance of organizations having an enterprise information management strategy. 

There’s a disconnect between what organizations should be doing, and what they are actually doing, with respect to EIM.  What is the reason for this discrepancy?  The SIG would examine what experts in this field are saying and what is actually happening in organizations, and discuss what can be accomplished, the hurdles to be overcome, and share ideas for doing so.

Goal: To identify realistic and effective strategies, models, techniques and tools for establishing Enterprise Information Management (EIM) as a critical program for an effectively functioning enterprise, in much the same way as Finance and HR.

Audience: Business and IT stakeholders in information management.

SIG Purpose: To provide a forum for discussion and consensus on realistic and effective approaches for establishing information management as a critical enterprise program.

SIG Format: Rather than an “expert presenter – learner audience” format, the format will be a round table discussing various EIM topics.  Each topic to be introduced and facilitated by a discussion leader.

This Special Interest Group has concluded. The final report was made in December 2012.

Frequency and timing of meetings:  Bi-monthly

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