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Future of Records Managers as Chief Data Officers

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Records Managers’ jobs constantly evolve due to the nature of their role.

New laws change compliance standards, or a new grant program requires keeping application and funding records. Records Managers are nimble and lifelong learners. A position once viewed as primarily administrative, the front lines and keepers of all things paper quickly become more technology-focused. It makes sense as more records are created and stored digitally.

Records Management professionals are now reporting to IT departments. The technical responsibilities have grown, and replacing paper-based processes with electronic forms makes it critical for IT leadership to be involved upfront.

What is the career path for tech-savvier Records Managers?

Let’s explore an idea!

What is a Chief Data Officer?

A Chief Data Officer ensures that data is accurate and available for people who need it. The CDO also provides that anyone accessing the data can do so without breaking any rules or laws. Sound familiar? Swap data for records in that sentence! Now, how do you get there?

What is the Vision, Priorities, and Scope of Your Data Role?

A CDO is most impactful to your agency as you mature in digital records management. Think about these four key points when strategizing your CDO role:


Advice on standards and policy, monitor and supply insights on enterprise data


Enable data availability, usability, and accuracy


Drive enterprise digital transformation


Support analytics and reporting on products, customers, operations, and markets

Whether you’ve been in records management for years or you’re new, there’s always something new to learn. We know that staying up-to-date with technology and being open to opportunities leaves you poised to take on CDOs (or CDO-like roles).

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