Organizations of all types and sizes recognize they must improve their information governance capabilities—and they must do so soon. They are already dealing with too much information, but data collection rates continue to accelerate, further increasing the cost and complexity burden on IT while raising legal, compliance and security concerns throughout the organization.

Conceptually, the solution is simple. If we reduce the amount of information we store or slow its growth, we reduce both risk and costs. For many organizations, however, taking the first step toward developing an information lifecycle governance (ILG) program that addresses data growth is the most difficult one. Most people think that ILG programs are tedious and fraught with complexity. They worry about a significant commitment of effort and budget. But companies that rely on ILG resources and best practices developed by the Compliance, Governance and Oversight Counsel (CGOC) often find that getting started on the journey can actually be much simpler than most people think. CGOC is a forum of legal, IT, records and information management professionals.

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