Have you ever tried to fix something and just made it worse? We’ve all probably heard the “Don’t worry guys, I got this” phrase. We try to remove a stain, and it ends up growing ten times its original size. Or we try to fix a slow computer, and it ends up crashing and burning.
Effective problem solving is a challenge, and CIOs are constantly under pressure to solve information-related problems in every department. However, in solving those problems, they have to be careful not to create new ones. They need to incorporate enterprise-level strategies that support the requirements of their organization and deliver access to data in an efficient manner.
Below are four key characteristics of an effective information management solution CIOs can use to create a strong information-driven enterprise:
1. An effective information management solution has the ability to connect data and documents.
A system should automatically connect metadata with rational data captured in a structured and unstructured fashion. This functionality means that you only have to rely on a few integrations to maintain connectedness. It also provides service and self-service capabilities in a seamless, timely, and efficient manner.
2. An effective information management solution makes content available for simultaneous action.
According to Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, a whopping 31 percent of organizations fall into the “unintegrated” category, meaning their data is usable but in functional or process silos. Centrally storing data and automating workflows can drastically enhance collaboration around documents and data. It provides a “single version of the truth” and gives users a common location to store, collect, and combine data and information.
3. An effective information management solution provides an easier system maintenance for IT staff.
The ability to perform common maintenance tasks should be built into the application, and a highly-configurable, low-code solution provides that. This creates the ability to incorporate as much or as little maintenance as needed. The solution should also provide “built-in” quality assurance and debugging so monitoring information is easy.
4. An effective information management solution should be future-proofed.
Since business problems change over time, there is a lot of capability in a platform that can easily adapt to whatever comes its way. There is also true power in a platform that puts business users in charge of modifying the platform themselves, rather than relying on IT for help.
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