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Rick Wilson sharpens information governance expertise with certifications from AIIM, ARMA
Concurrent with the development and launch of the Altitude IG platform, Sherpa Software is expanding its focus on information governance by building internal expertise in the topic and pursuing professional certifications for its team members.
Rick Wilson, vice president of strategy and solutions at Sherpa Software, recently completed both the AIIM and ARMA certification programs.
“As a leading provider of information governance solutions, the AIIM and ARMA certifications will further enhance how we advise and assist our customers with their corporate data management, eDiscovery, and compliance requirements,”
Rick stated that both programs are very much worth the time and investment for those planning information governance projects.
“Often, we tend to view certifications as a ‘tick-the-
For the AIIM Information Governance Practitioner program, Rick completed 10 modules covered in a 170-page workbook in order to prepare for certification testing. During the testing process, each candidate has 90 minutes to answer the 60 test questions – and must achieve a score of 70 percent or above to earn a passing grade.
“For those of you who may be approaching a governance project from an IT background, this program is a great fit since it provides more guidance on how to analyze the various information silos within the organization and evaluate them with regard to the appropriate governance controls,” Rick said of the AIIM program.
“The Information Governance Practitioner designation documents that professionals know how to manage information assets in an era of social, mobile, cloud, and big data. In short, IG Practitioners have the knowledge to turn information chaos into information opportunities,”
Rick recommends the AIIM program for team members assigned to a governance project who want a better understanding of the overall process, or who have a specific focus area in the field.
ARMA organizes their Information Governance Professional program into six distinct domain areas: the one-day certification overview program walks candidates through a high-level overview of those areas and provides study strategies and information about testing, maintaining certification and more. ARMA’s program requires a fair amount of independent study in order to prepare for the exam; these exams are taken at a certified Pearson testing center and contain 140 multiple choice questions that must be completed within two hours and 45 minutes.
“The ARMA program requires knowledge about a much broader range of topics including project management process, regulatory constraints, industry standards, and more,” Rick said. “You certainly don’t need to be an expert in all of these topics to satisfy the certification requirements, but you do need a working knowledge on all of the subjects ‑ which seems reasonable, since they can be integral components of an information governance project.”
For those tasked with being the project manager for an information governance initiative, Rick recommends the ARMA program.
As for the individuals like Rick, who would like to pursue both programs, he believes they are equally important, well-rounded overviews of the information governance process.
“If you are planning your organization’
Rick is currently in the works of completing a four-part white paper series (http://hsinfo.sherpasoftware.com/
For more information on this overview and to contact Rick Wilson, follow @SherpaRick on Twitter, where he regularly posts on topics related to information governance. Rick can also be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.