Longtime followers of this blog know that I am, above all else, a Records and Information Management Professional. It is my chosen profession and one that I believe is both noble and – given today’s explosive growth of information – critically import to the success of any organization. Everything I’ve written here (and countless other places) has been focused, at least in part, on advancing the policies, procedures and technical methodologies records management professionals employ to better support our customers.
For seven years and over 135 posts, this blog has provided guidance on managing the lifecycle of content maintained exclusively in a SharePoint environment. (Clearly, this was hard to avoid given the clever burst of creativity that originally convinced me to call this site ‘SharePointRecordsManagement.com’.)
But we cannot grow if we do not change. And, just as my opinion on the DoD 5015.2 Standard radically evolved over time, my belief that the lifecycle of an organization’s information can be effectively managed within any single solution has also dramatically changed. There’s little doubt that SharePoint will continue to play a role in many enterprise records and information management strategies for the foreseeable future, but as newer, more agile technologies begin to capture growing shares of the ECM market and completely new sources of content continue to pop up at an accelerated rate, I no longer believe it makes practical sense to limit my conversation to SharePoint (or any single environment) alone.
Along with this philosophical evolution, my professional career has evolved, as well. I’ve recently joined a small, struggling little start-up in a role that will allow me to support our customers as they revolutionize their information lifecycle solutions and begin to implement the next generation records management methodologies that I have always been so passionate about.
Sadly, as a result of these changes, it no longer makes sense for me to continue to maintain this blog and I will be shutting it down over the next week or so.
To be clear, that does not mean I am going away for good. In fact, I am more committed than ever to advocating aggressively for the records and information management industry and you might even see a new blog spring up sometime in the near future.
As the long-time spiritual guide of this blog was often quick to point out, ‘aloha’ means both hello and good-bye. So I am saying aloha to all of our followers. Thank you all for your time, your enlightening commentary and your generous support.