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Licensing third-party information comes with risks relating to access, security, accuracy and cost. Assess these risks so that you can prioritise how to address them.
Information teams are fully aware of their value but knowing how to communicate it to the organisation is key to bridging the gap between perception and value and reducing risk. This article helps you assess that risk and includes a worksheet to help you document your current value foundations.
Working remotely within a team can initially be plain sailing but after a few weeks, productivity may begin to be adversely affected. To enable you to address the long-term risks of managing your information team, we have developed a worksheet to help you analyse and improve the key components of team management including, communication, collaboration, culture and accountability.
Whilst your business may be running smoothly now, have you considered what would happen if an unexpected event interrupted your ability to provide a continuous, high-quality service? This article looks at some of the challenges that could arise along with a practical worksheet you can use to address them.
With so many tools available to help us work, collaborate and manage remotely, it can be hard to know which key features can best help us manage our workflow and manage projects. This article helps you ask the right questions and hones in on the elements that make up the basic optimisation toolkit and includes a practical worksheet you can use to help you with this.
Globalisation has produced a more interconnected world but this has also meant information teams are often having to work longer hours with fewer resources. Jinfo has spoken to senior information managers at a range of organisations about how they are navigating these challenges to create a more collaborative and motivated work environment. In this article, we focus on the variables needed to create a successful global team, what tools can be used and how to improve over time.
Technology plays an increasingly key role in enabling information professionals to work with optimal efficiency and productivity. In this article, Andrew Lucas looks at how two emerging technologies - chatbots and Digital Adoption Platforms - could be used to improve things, if deployed smartly.
How best to disseminate information within an organisation is a topic that continually preoccupies information professionals and this article looks at the some of the different variables and approaches that need to be considered to help work out the best channels for effective evaluation of messaging channels.
Successful information teams have developed the skills needed to communicate with team members as well as understand information needs and deliver executive-level results. These skills include active listening as well as presenting clear and actionable results. A recent Jinfo Community session looked at what it takes to be an effective team and provided specific actions you can use to upgrade your communication skills.
Information professionals have a range of skills at their disposal to deliver information services within their organisations, but it can be quite demoralising when those skills aren't recognised. It's essential to stand out and make your voice heard and this article looks at what it takes to be an effective communicator and get your message across. It also shows you how to successfully collaborate with others to do this and offers many useful tips to put this all into practice.
This article looks at how intranets currently support knowledge sharing and knowledge management and explores some of the ways in which they could be used to provide further support in this area. James Mullan also suggests some practical steps to take if you are planning on developing your intranet to support knowledge management initiatives.
As part of the current Research Focus, "Strategic Alignment of Information Services and IT", Jinfo held a webinar looking at the "digital workplace", exploring why the relationship between IS and IT has been so problematic. The webinar introduced new ways of thinking about this relationship and how we can move towards a more holistic approach.
Bernadette John explains what digital professionalism means and how it goes far beyond an understanding of social media. She goes into detail about why gaining these skills is essential, not just for employees but also for their families and friends, and where knowledge of information governance and confidentiality issues, correct use of images and understanding the risks of shadow IT become particularly important.
It probably won't comes as much of surprise to many people that we're not as productive as we could be. Emails, phone calls, questions from colleagues and meetings mean the time that we can actually spend working is becoming less and less. In light of this many vendors are looking at how they can facilitate better productivity by providing enhancement to existing tools. The latest company to do so is Microsoft, which has developed a number of enhancements of Office 365, which would seem to enrich the experience and help make users more productive.
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"Remote Information Teams"
If you're newly remote, you may feel like you've been thrown into a mysterious culture where you sort of speak the language but sort of not. Use Jinfo's "Focus on Remote Information Teams" to become fluent: