20 years ago today, part 6: Records management emerges from dusty basements

This post is a continuation of a series of reminiscences and predictions on all things
information management, to celebrate 20 years of Metataxis.

Records management was slowly coming out of  dusty basements as we stated to get to grips with the definition of electronic records – the now familiar authenticity, reliability usability and integrity of records. A range of shocking events, culminating in September 11 had made both business and digital continuity de rigueur days after paper had rained from the sky in lower Manhattan. Organisations were finally getting their heads around ERMS systems as important lifecycle management tools.

20 years ago today, part 4 Knowledge management: vital or fad?

This blog is a continuation of a series of reminiscences and predictions on all things
information management, to celebrate 20 years of Metataxis.

“Knowledge management” was fashionable, with many KM systems being expensively developed. In reality this was an over-hyped technology that even now has limited uptake. Users were too busy grappling with the more fundamental information management (as they still are) before they had the headspace to think about KM systems. That said, I think that some implicit KM systems are in use today:  M365 of course, if you set it up right…

20 years ago today, part 2: The rise of hand-held devices

This post part of  a weekly series of reminiscences and predictions on all things information management, to celebrate 20 years of Metataxis.

The use of hand-held devices was picking up speed. The innovative Palm Pilot was the latest gadget for early adopters, once you learnt it’s quirky “shorthand” style input. There were a growing number of people using these devices (I had the lovely full-colour screen iPAQ – remember that?!). The ultimate conclusion of this trend being the now ubiquitous smartphone. A powerful computer in everyone’s pocket – we’ve come a long way.