Records Management Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 1, January

Confronting the Big Lie: A Neo-Luddite Manifesto
The world wants to be deceived. Sebastian Brant (1485-1521) Ship of Fools Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Arthur C. Clarke (1917-) Note: This essay questions the uncritical preoccupation with technology which...
Cost Benefit Analysis
Today's Records and Information Management (RIM) professionals must be proficient in all aspects of business management as organizations seek to cut costs, improve productivity, and justify every aspect of their operations. Conducting a cost benefit...
Do Electronic Objects Create Business Risk?
Contemporary advances in computing technology and the increasing sophistication of document management software are offering very attractive solutions to improving any organization's business processes by providing fast, flexible, and productive work...
Evaluating Hybrid Systems
According to the Delphi Consulting Group we are now witnessing the release of "third generation" automated workflow packages. These third generation packages have been designed to facilitate a collaborative effort between MIS professionals and end users...
Information Management Legislation in the Last Quarter of the 20th Century: A Records Management Disaster
On October 3, 1977, the Commission on Federal Paperwork issued its final report to the President of the United States. The report said, Information Resources Management is the answer! It did not state what the question was. The essence of the Information...
Selecting an Offsite Commercial Records Center
Over the last 15 years, American businesses have witnessed an explosive growth in the volume of documentation and information which they are required to retain. Although predictions have been bantered about for more than a decade, the "paperless office"...
So You Want to Be a Consultant
Once upon a time, the perception of a consultant was that of an annoying, bespectacled, "nerdy" little Casper Milquetoast guy in a three-piece suit, with business cards, a briefcase, a slide presentation in tow, and working at least 50 miles from home....
Statutes of Limitation and International Records Retention
Readers of this column may recall several previous articles in which we discussed laws of various countries requiring business corporations or other regulated parties to retain certain types of records for specified periods of time. In "International...
Statutes of Limitation and Records Retention
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The Future of Bureaucracy
Whether liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican, Communist or Fascist, teenager or octogenarian, all of us can agree on one thing: Bureaucracy is bad. Bureaucracy is what burdens the elderly on their deathbeds with reams of paperwork which they...