June 2016 Member Spotlight: Rafael Moscatel, IGP, CRM

June 2016 Member Spotlight: Rafael Moscatel, IGP, CRM

Very proud to be featured by ARMA’s Info Pro publication this month!

Jun 15, 2016

Meet Rafael Moscatel, IGP, CRMMoscatel - Member Spotlight

ARMA received the following nomination from April Dmytrenko, CRM, FAI, for the Member Spotlight:

Rafael Moscatel is a Certified Records Manager (CRM) and Information Governance Professional (IGP) with more than 20 years of experience implementing world-class records retention, data governance, and compliance programs for large enterprises. He designed process transformations, led team-building efforts, and spearheaded change management initiatives in a variety of complex and highly regulated industries. His expertise includes developing document management strategies, decommissioning legacy systems, performing risk assessments, and performing audit remediation.

Rafael truly understands his field and specifically IG and technology. He was instrumental in rolling out the enterprise-wide program at Paramount Pictures. Now he is working for Farmers Group, where he has established an outstanding IG framework from which to continue to support an effective program. He is proactive, strategic, and not only a talented RIM professional but an excellent business professional. He develops outstanding collaborative relationships, understands the value of senior management support and involving the business units, and is a strategic risk taker.

Moscatel lives and works in Los Angeles. He serves as the director of information governance for Farmers Group, Inc. He has been an ARMA member for 12 years.

As you can tell, Rafael is a great fit for the Member Spotlight, an honor meant to recognize members’ involvement within the profession and the association. If you would like to network with him, you can contact him through LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/rafaelmoscatel or at rafaelmoscatelcrm.wordpress.com


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ARMA International announces new mission statement…


As I mentioned in my previous letter to you, the board of directors and HQ staff have been working on making strategic changes, largely based on your feedback. In that letter I told you that our first goal would be to better define who we are and address some existing confusion in the market place.

I am pleased today to announce that the ARMA International board of directors has approved a change to our formal vision, core purpose, and mission statement on behalf of the international association.

Our vision:
ARMA International is a leader in information governance because we are the authority on records and information management (RIM). RIM is broadly recognized as the foundation of information governance.

With this shift, we affirm our long-held commitment to the aims and outcomes of the records and information management profession and establish our goal to be a strategic thought leader in information governance.

Our core purpose:
To promote principles and practices that 1) result in organizations understanding that their success relies on the effective management and governance of information and 2) create career and professional development opportunities in RIM and information governance.

Our mission statement:
To provide information professionals the resources, tools, and training they need to effectively manage records and information within an established information governance framework.

I speak on behalf of ARMA headquarters staff in saying that these newly approved statements reflect our focus on helping you better manage information as the strategic asset it is so that you and your organizations can meet with greater success.


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The Paperless Office

By Rafael Moscatel

The extent to which any organization can reduce its dependency on paper is largely determined by laws and the industry regulations it faces, the technology available to it and how well its leaders manage change, internally as well as for customers.

Here are some thoughts on how to begin solving the paper problem around your office:

Understand the affordances of paper  One of the most thorough examinations of the issue of paper and its role in our lives and workplaces came in 2002 when MIT press published The Myth of the Paperless Office.  The book’s findings make a case for the “affordances of paper” and stress that to reduce paper production and consumption we must understand the underlying habits and processes driving how our clients and colleagues work.

Attorneys for example often require a contextual or “case at a glance” perspective that a chronological or issue focused file offers… a “story telling” approach to presenting information which can’t always be matched even with the best software. Similarly, auditors or project managers will often work with and create aggregated records which serve a specific purpose for which imaging might be overkill or too costly. And contrary to popular belief, there still exist quite a few scenarios where it remains more affordable, practical and efficient to even store information in paper form. Conversion costs and risks required to maintain the digital lifecycle of infrequently referenced documents and avoid bitrot* can often exceed those associated with retaining the same materials in paper form.

Make the right policy changes with executive level support  Every Records or Information Governance policy initiative or project your business undertakes should have senior level executive support and reflect the best practices within your industry.

Here are some policy and procedural ideas to consider that can act as catalysts for change.

  • Get a Retention Policy / Schedule, implement it and regularly enforce it -A Retention Schedule (often in line with a data map) is the most effective tool for properly managing records and information and its necessity cannot be understated.  It not only protects an organization and keeps paper and electronic storage costs low, it gives executives a tool for understanding and navigating the massive network of silos and records their businesses create.
  • Institute an E-signature Policy for all contracts under a specified financial threshold
  • De-duplicate emails and all other electronic content repositories systematically
  • Identify where duplicates are created, determine why and what can be done to prevent them going forward
  • Take a “final draft and / or executed version” approach to your document lifecycle rules
  • Establish “uniform” email retention rules.  For example –  enforced retention period, tools and rules for what to do with attachments
  • Standardize e-mail signatures corporate wide
  • Discourage personal chronological or “work” files
  • Place restrictions on file shares and acceptable file formats within repositories
  • Evaluate all forms and documents in all files to identify consolidation opportunities and streamline workflows
  • Train employees to properly recognize records and understand legal holds and custodianship

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Information Governance vs. Data Governance – Who Cares?

From Informatica:

I just discovered this post Information Governance is more than just Data Governance by E.G. Nadhan.  In general, the terms “Data” and “Information” have been used by many to mean the same thing. Nadhan raises some valid points which I will reinforce in this post – specifically, that as data management practices mature there is value in differentiating between data and information. I first wrote about this a few months ago in To Engage Business, Focus on Information Management rather than Data Management. This blog takes the next step to discuss the difference between Information Governance and Data Governance.

As a reminder, “Information = Data + Context.”  The context we are talking about is the business process context.  If we have policies that are relevant regardless of process context, it is Data Governance.  If the policies are relevant in the context of a specific process context, then it is Information Governance.  Examples of data governance policies are “never store the credit card security code”, “always validate a new address against a common validation service”, and “the first letter of the product serial number is a code that refers to the plant that manufactured the product.”

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Information Governance vs. Data Governance – Who Cares?.

Chief Information (Governance) Officer – Why Hire A New Actor For An Old Role?

The concept of Information Governance has been evolving into a discipline for a few years now but as a community of knowledge workers are we getting a little ahead of ourselves by championing the idea of a Chief Information Governance Officer (CIGO)?  I mean, isn’t that what a CIO is for?  In large enterprises we often have a Chief Technology Officer in addition, or subordinate to the CIO, but where exactly would a CIGO fit into the corporate hierarchy?  To whom would this person report anyway, to the CIO or the General Counsel or directly to the CEO? Alternatively, would it make sense to have the CIO answer to the CIGO? Or, is adding another cook to this kitchen really just a recipe for disaster that will ultimately prove counterproductive to IG goals?


The C-Level Suite

Companies and organizations are quickly recognizing that their most senior information leaders need to be individuals with a broader set of skills, experiences and principles.

Each organization must determine what works best for them but I think the debate around both the CIGO role and IG in general definitely indicates one thing.  That is, in large part, public and private entities are beginning to reject the vendor driven “just add more storage” approach to managing information. Boardrooms are taking a closer look at their IT budgets and realizing they need mature decision makers at the helm with the vision to look 5, 10 and 25 years down the road.

Companies and organizations are quickly recognizing that their most senior “information” leaders need to be individuals with a broader set of skills, experiences and principles.  It’s reasonable to assume that the IG movement is also fueled by e-Discovery companies who want another way into IT, but also legitimately by legal departments who have been poorly served by traditional IT approaches. Yet while IT might not be the best group to harvest these leaders from, do we really need a new role to complicate our org structures?  There are already a number of CIO’s who have the vision and background necessary to refocus their energy in line with the discipline of IG?  Also, given the existing pressures CIO’s are facing, isn’ it reasonable to assume that the CIO will be forced to evolve?  Shouldn’t we simply rebuild this role… in our own image?

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Lead by example, forget about the credit…

We’re all well aware that labor intense records management projects, those in which repetitive, mundane grunt work is required, are avoided like the plague by employees and management alike. When a project does happen to spark interest and garner support, once it moves past the planning stages it can begin to feel like nobody on the team wants to be bothered with the actual logistics. Suddenly everybody is a “thought leader” and “focused on strategy” and that’s okay… but maybe that’s where some of our productivity issues actually originate. 

Ironically, what can emerge from these projects are new leaders, because these are also opportunities for individuals willing to actually roll up their sleeves. These are people who drive initiatives and projects forward because they’re more interested in getting the job done and learning something than getting (or taking) the credit.

It’s amazing what you can accomplish with pride and unselfishness—where you have people who don’t care who gets the credit. – Harry Truman

As knowledge workers we are supposed to naturally evolve and graduate into more sophisticated roles but more and more of us are also becoming out of touch with basic business operations, assuming technology will ultimately address all of the tedious processes we’re responsible for.  Many employees, even in the public sector, have simply become used to expecting management to throw more money at the problem or to bring in consultants (who will probably just hire temps) to catch everybody up… instead of addressing the real issues. Perhaps, it’s as John Steinbeck once remarked, that we’re all “temporarily embarrassed millionaires,” and that in the same vein, by performing grunt work, we are negatively impacting the way we’re viewed by both our superiors and those who report to us. That may be partly true. As Records and Information Management leaders and executives we don’t want to take a step backward, but there is a lot to be said for staying familiar with, remaining involved in and practicing the discipline which you claim to have expertise.

There is a lot to be said for staying familiar with, remaining involved in and practicing the discipline which you claim to have expertise.

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ARMA Live 2014 Conference Reflections

I walked into the ARMA Live conference this year with a few reservations, but I couldn’t have been more surprised and impressed by the level of expertise and offerings being showcased. Clearly, Julie Colgan, Fred Pulzello and the whole ARMA organization have done a magnificent job of elevating the conversation and redefining our relevance and roles as Records and Information Governance professionals.

Of course, “Information Governance,” as a concept and a buzzword had an overwhelming presence from the expo to the sessions, and there were the detractors, but I’ve grown to understand and appreciate both the evolution of our discipline and the re-branding. Unfortunately, I missed the keynote speech that everybody was talking about until the end of the conference, Rick Smolan’s The Human Face of Big Data.

It was truly a pleasure to have the opportunity to socialize with some of my colleagues, including Doug Williams of Williams Data Management, April Dmytrenko who gave the closing, and Frank Lopez from my old firm who is now studying to be a Certified Records Manager!

Of particular interest, and not simply because she was my mentor, was April Dmytrenko’s well versed, eclectic and educated closing panel.  It was so refreshing to hear the insights of attorneys like John Isaza, IT foks, and past ARMA presidents discussing yesterday, today and tomorrow with such hands on experience!

I came back to my company with ideas and inspiration, and I think that’s exactly what ARMA wanted. This is the time for our profession, and we are moving in the right direction!

I do have one criticism, however. Although ARMA offered a set of tools to plan the conference and well-planned events, the organization and close relations like ICRM needed to do a better job of organizing and delivering their educational resources on their portals. Organizations which espouse best practices and technology should have those principles and resources married and reflected on their websites.  It is time for ARMA and the ICRM to get up to speed on practicing what it preaches when it comes to social media, content delivery and management on their respective websites.  Even with recent changes, profile and account management is still cumbersome.  Also, marketing resources from the conference, including the ARMA TV videos, are not available in a readily shareable format.

Nonetheless, I was very proud of the profession, very happy I made the drive down, and I look forward to next year in Maryland. Congratulations, ARMA!