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Continued calls for deregulation may sound like the death knell for information governance (IG), but such investments
may prove to be more vital than ever for businesses now and into the future.
Regulatory compliance is no longer the biggest driver for IG. Rather, it is the need for trusted data in all forms of
business transactions – including mergers and acquisitions – as more companies adopt digital capabilities. In fact,
this is precisely what many organizations are using to justify shifts in their own corporate compliance programs.
First, corporate business records in a digital format are more accessible to enforcement investigations. Auditors and
forensic investigators can digitally detect violations through real-time supervision of corporate digital data, such
as SEC supervision of market trading in the financial sector. Second, it is far easier to share digital records
among governments, enabling cross-border investigations and enforcements in highly regulated (and often complex)
industries and markets.
Both shifts have made it easier for information governance to justify the spending on their work, as well as related
improvements to corporate compliance programs.
With countless stories emerging of falsified business information and records, more rigorous due diligence of
corporate records and information has become a starting point for increased information governance. No commercial
transaction of any meaningful value will move forward without increasingly rigorous validation of the integrity of
the data / records involved. Mere promises of legal compliance and properly disclosed any violations are just not
Here is the new business case for information government investment: Companies that spend less on IG are discovering
frugality impairs both their agility and ability to create wealth during commercial transactions.
Conversely, organizations that invest more in IG have realized less expensive direct due diligence costs, deals
valued more for their key qualities and greater trust – both for the information that fuels the negotiations and the
structure of the final deal.
Trusted information is the essence of a business deal – from supplier purchases to mergers and acquisitions. And that
is the essential deliverable effective IG investments provide: trust in the digital records that will be evaluated,
vetted and ultimately influential in the pricing and structure of the deals themselves.
Via data licensing, big data analytics, and beyond, trusted digital information is the most substantive business
asset today. Companies will succeed or fail based on how well they establish trust in their data. Looking forward,
this will be the driver that matters. After all, when did effective compliance ever create new wealth? What creates
wealth is trusted information.
Those companies that understand the value of engineered, well-designed IG are the ones that will dominate their
markets in the years ahead. Those who continue to undercut IG investments and funding in the expectation that lower
compliance demands will justify those cuts will find themselves falling behind.
Tomorrow’s technology is shaping business today. To learn more about how MNP can help you improve your information
governance initiatives, contact John Desborough, Director Consulting and Technology Solutions at [email protected].
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