Defining Information

Defining Information

What is this Information Management business all about?

It is all very well saying that Scan Data Experts can help you with information management. But what does that really mean? What information are we talking about exactly?

Well, in truth, pretty much anything that facilitates your business processes qualifies as information. That can mean databases and software systems that you use or paperwork or forms that you generate and store in order to get things done. Information is also your emails, files on computer hard drives or shared file servers and collaborative documents in SharePoint. Information is the life blood of your organisation and includes the knowledge you have in the form of Wiki’s, blogs or on your website. Some information is transient and others are vital to your ability to function. Some information exists for the briefest of moments and some needs to be kept for years or even decades. Information is a rich tapestry.

All that information comes with responsibilities and opportunities. Responsibilities to keep it secure and to protect information about third parties like your customers, collaborators or patients. Opportunities to use information effectively to gain insights or recognise patterns that may allow you to provide a better service or invent a new product.
Most of the time the sheer range of information organisations have is overwhelming. We can help you get a 64,000 foot view of your information landscape; define a strategy and then put it into practice.