Magazine article Information Management

RIM Professionals of the Future

Magazine article Information Management

RIM Professionals of the Future

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Fast-forward 15 or 20 years into the future. The year is 2023. Records and information managers are now called "records and information technologists" because the primary tools of their trade--file cabinets, file folders, and paper documents--have been permanently replaced by virtual filing systems, digital storage, and electronic documents. In this future, instant messaging (IM) and e-mail have replaced phone communication, online libraries have made physical libraries all but obsolete, and electronic records have rendered paper records a mere rumor.

What will the profession and your job be like in the next few decades? Only time will tell. But today, whether or not the fabled paper-less business environment ever becomes reality, the fact remains that our professional lives will he markedly different. We can safely predict that records and information management (RIM) professionals will rely much more on technology to help them do their jobs in the future--IM, the Internet, electronic storage, radio-frequency identification systems, and perhaps even eye or fingerprint-scanning security systems will be common in the workplace.

In this issue of The Information Management Journal, we explore the future of RIM and technology that may change the face of the profession in the coming years. Patrick Cunningham, CRM, discusses a sometimes-controversial technology that is gaining popularity in the corporate world, for better or worse, in his article "IM: Invaluable New Business Tool or Records Management Nightmare? …

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