Embracing a New Information Generation at IRMS 2023

21 April 2023 – Hear thought-provoking keynotes from leading speakers discussing the role of information management in the future.

The Information and Records Management Society (IRMS) annual conference takes place from 14-16 May 2023 at the Klimpton Clocktower Hotel in the heart of Manchester city centre.

And we are really looking forward to being part of this exciting event.

IRMS 2023

Bringing together 400 practitioners, compliance managers, senior executives and other key stakeholders from a range of organisations across all industry sectors in the UK and beyond, this year’s IRMS conference features a diverse programme with many points of interest.

From records management with ‘only’ a Microsoft E3 license to managing data governance in a “move fast and break things environment” as well as a closing keynote asking what the future holds for records management, this year’s event promises to be full of informative content and networking opportunities.

Siobhan King, Senior Consultant at Metataxis explains: “The IRMS 2023 is a great opportunity to network with peers and hear from a great line up inspirational speakers – as well as discovering the latest innovations in records management. I’m really looking forward seeing everyone there.”

What is the IRMS?
The IRMS is the association for information professionals and students, supporting and bringing together all those working in information governance, records management, data protection, information security and more, across all industry sectors, in the UK and beyond.

Find out more and book your place at the IRMS Conference 2023 today.

Addressing information management issues

Join the Information Revolution!

Our latest podcast is now live!

This new episode discusses the Records and Information Management issues faced by many organisations.

You can listen to the Metataxis team in New Zealand, Judi Vernau and Michael Upton, along with their guest, Karl Melrose (Leadership Through Data), and hear them discuss the future of information management and how you can raise the value of information management and increase the visibility of records management in the workplace.

Watch it here.

You can also check out their other podcasts where they discuss topics in information management practice that are relevant for today and the future.

The team also invite other industry insiders to talk about what they’re doing, and how their practice is changing.

Watch our entire Information Revolution podcast series today and discover more about the latest trends and best practices around information management, information architecture, data retention and more.  issues

Taxonomy expertise delivers single version of truth

Metataxis taxonomy expertise improves information management for Central Government department.

Metataxis is delighted to be helping a UK Central Government department to improve the management of its information.

Our experts have been commissioned to create a single taxonomy for use across the entire organisation.

This new taxonomy will name, describe and classify all information held by the department. Once defined, the taxonomy will enable a “single version of the truth” for the improved handling, analysis, and interpretation of the information they hold.

It will also support a real cultural change towards end-to-end system management as well as consistency and standardised working for data, information, and records management. 

This six-month project will consist of phases to collate, validate, and deliver the taxonomy. 

The Metataxis team of experts will then go on to provide key recommendations on its transition to real-life operation and its ongoing maintenance moving forward, to maximise value.

If you would like to learn more about how we help both public sector organisations and private businesses address the challenges of information management simply contact us.

Methodology: Mystical or meaningful?

Addressing the methodology hype

In his latest blog, Marc Stephenson, Director at Metataxis, discusses the mystique around methodologies typically presented by consultancies and the Metataxis approach to success.

The methodology mystique

There is often a lot of nonsense surrounding how consulting actually works and how consultants speak. In particular, how consultancies sell the specialness of their services by selling the specialness of their methodologies (I’m looking at you, big consultancies). Often “The Methodology” has an impressive, long, acronym, that has good marketing impact, and an even more impressive diagram explaining the methodology. 

I’m not saying that such methodologies have no value, but I do think they are over-hyped. In my view, they are often conceived to be clear enough to sound useful, and be a clear consultancy differentiator, but also not so clear that the potential client can simply use them without hiring the originating consultancy! I also question whether a fixed methodology (as they usually are), is always well suited to the variable, unstructured world of information management.

The Metataxis approach

Metataxis takes a different approach. We have some methodological tools at our disposal of course, but when and how we use them really depends on the client and what the client is trying to achieve. Metataxis is focussed on delivering value to our clients and we’ll use any techniques and approaches that does just that – we are not slaves to The Methodology.

Listening to customers

If I was forced to define the Metataxis methodology, I would say we take the time to understand the client’s context, ask about what the client needs, and most importantly, listen to what our clients’ say. Not complicated, and definitely no methodology mystique.

Interested to learn more? If you’re looking for a fresh, clearer approach to consulting, we can help. Get it touch today.

Mitigate risk with SharePoint records management training

10 Feb 2023 – Metataxis delivers Microsoft 365 and SharePoint Records Management training course in partnership with training experts, Leadership Through Data.

Once again, Metataxis is pleased be presenting the Microsoft 365 and SharePoint Records Management course, in partnership with Leadership Through Data.

Designed and delivered by Records Managers for Records Managers, this comprehensive training course explores the information governance features of Microsoft 365, including licencing and information architecture requirements to support information governance.

This “all you need to know” Microsoft 365 and SharePoint Records Management course is delivered by Metataxis Senior Consultant, Siobhan King. With her specialist background in records management and information governance, this course will help students to improve their SharePoint record management skills and strengthen information governance across their organisation.

Siobhan explains: “It’s always fun teaching this course because with Microsoft things never stay still for very long. This means there are always new things to teach and learn in every session! Upon course completion, students will know how to design, configure and implement Microsoft 365 to get the most of the features, mitigate risk and gain a better understanding how to protect the valuable information created and shared by colleagues on a daily basis.”

This virtual training course is delivered over 4 half days and all attendees will achieve 12 CPD credits. It’s a very popular course and is now fully booked, however it will available again in in April, June, September and November this year.

Learn more and book your place now!