As we move into a new year, it’s a great time to reflect on how our industry has changed and look ahead to more progress and innovation to come! While we don’t know for sure what lies ahead, let’s take a look at what might be just around the corner. Here’s Adlib’s TOP 10 Predictions for 2016:

  1. WORLDS COLLIDE AS STAR WARS DEALS WITH DARK DATA
    JJ Abrams edits script for Episode 8 to include Jedi using The Force to draw out the dark data the Sith Inquisitors have kept hidden for years.

  2. CONTENT PREPARATION GETS A FRONT SEAT
    There is a misperception in the industry that by bringing in a big data player like Hadoop, organizations can just plug in the technology to existing systems and they’re off to the analytics races. Unfortunately, it is never that easy. In fact, 80% of the effort in a project like this is preparing your content. We see this becoming an anchored trend in 2016. For big impact, companies need to cleanse their content and they WILL get results faster!

  3. US GOVERNMENT HIRES ITS FIRST CIGO
    There’s been a lot of talk in the industry around new roles and titles as organizations struggle to get a handle on managing their content. Chief Data Officer and Chief Information Governance Officer are two that we have our eye on. Given the complexities of the content management sphere within the US government, it wouldn’t surprise us at all if they jumped on the bandwagon and hired their first CIGO!

  4. CAN YOU SEE ARMER IN OUR FUTURE?
    We work with a lot of customers on M&A activity. It seems to be a trend that just keeps on accelerating. But what about our own industry? For example, we work with a number of industry organizations that have overlapping membership lists. What if MER & ARMA were to merge? With both organizations having a focus on records management, a marriage made in heaven or a “never gonna happen” scenario?

  5. ADDRESSING ROGUE DATA
    The focus of information governance programming is changing. It’s not just about Big Data anymore. It’s about finding and leveraging information locked in formats that don’t follow traditional rules. It’s about unlocking the value in unstructured information. As we move into another year, we think we are going to see a lot of organizations realizing this and putting programs in place to support this trend.

  6. PLANNING TAKES PRECEDENCE
    Going hand in hand with dealing with unstructured content, organizations will begin to shift from a reactive state when it comes to IG to a proactive one. From reactively getting their house in order to proactively putting technologies in place to manage information – so that compliance, collaboration, archiving, ediscovery tasks are not just an afterthought. We like where organizations are headed!

  7. NFL CANCELS 2017 SUPERBOWL DUE TO INABILITY TO FIND CONCUSSION DATA
    With large amounts of concussion data unfindable, the Society for Neuroscience forces NFL to shut down the 2017 Superbowl, saying this poses a danger to every player in the game. This may actually be a real boon for productivity as millions of football fans focus on work as opposed to their football pools…

  8. THE UBER MODEL STRIKES GOLD!
    In 2016, Uber’s approach will become the go-to business model. G500 companies will start using Uber to retrieve and transfer their Iron Mountain-stored documents, leading to a 10% reduction in file retrieval costs. Could they replace Iron Mountain? Uber could be the ultimate document retrieval/transport service.

  9. EMAIL UNDER FIRE
    Recently, presidential front runners have come under fire for viewing and storing highly sensitive government emails in personal inboxes like gmail instead of secure government systems. We predict that unlocking dark data trapped in these email systems throughout Congress will lead to a large-scale scandal in Washington and potential resignations. Going forward companies and governments alike will revisit email policies and begin to take a more holistic view.

  10. ADVANCED DRONE TECHNOLOGY LEADS TO NEED FOR ADVANCED DATA SYSTEMS
    The advancements in drone technology force G500 companies to invest in more effective data classification as even larger amounts of data are collected and need to be analyzed so that information can be managed securely as well as organized and stored for future reference.

Disclaimer: These predictions are based on the imaginative and creative minds at Adlib and are not factual.

There it is – our TOP 10 – Agree? Disagree? Agree to disagree? Whatever happens, it’s certainly going to be an exciting year!