November 3, 2014

Dear Boston Chapter Members, 

I’ve just returned from the ARMA International Conference in San Diego.  It was great to see so many of our Chapter members in attendance!  For those of you who were unable to make the trip, here are some highlights that I took away about the hottest topic -  big data: 

Our keynote speaker, Rick Smolan, impressed us all with a sampling of the uses of data that is collected by so many new tools in the healthcare, manufacturing, retail, and other sectors.  (Check out his book, The Human Face of Big Data, for a great read.) This year alone, 90 million of us will be wearing devices that record our steps, sleep cycle, and more!  As a result, many of our healthcare providers are now capable of monitoring our stats as part of a personal wellness program.  A key take away for me is, how do enterprises catch up to these consumer trends to make the most of the data that we create and receive – and rarely dispose of – to advance competitive advantage while being mindful of compliant records and information management? 

In the same vein, Gartner tells us that by 2020 we will be sporting 26 billion wearable devices, such as Google glasses, FitBits, and more.  As RIM professionals, we need to be on the forefront of determining policy for their secure and acceptable use.  And what will happen when our employers start using drones to conduct business, such as delivering contracts for signature across town?  Let’s start thinking about these things now. 

As you can see, this year’s Conference raised some very provocative topics.   I encourage you to enter our contest for an all-expenses paid trip to the 2015 ARMA Conference in Washington, DC so that you can hear first-hand how your peers and subject matter experts are tackling these new developments. 

See you at our November program,