"The amount of information generated by business today is continually increasing—some estimate 1.8 zettabyes of data will be created in 2011. While word processing, social media, and email have made it easier to create information, it remains important to effectively govern that information in order to minimize risk while maintaining the information's value to the organization. Information governance is important because it allows business to share information more effectively across departments and geography, and prevent the mistakes and wasted energy so often caused by lack of communication and information silos.
While a company cannot typically control the increasing number of lawsuits, audits, and investigations it may face, it can establish parameters around its response to those obligations, minimize the company's public scrutiny, remain compliant, and reduce business and legal risk, cost, and impact. To that end, it is important to establish guidelines and policies around information governance and leverage technology to help implement those protocols."