What is Information Management?

Information Management is the application of information through collection, critical thinking, and interpretation of data. It allows for the analysis and visualization of organized information for efficient and effective decision-making.

The Information Management Process Flow

Information Needs: The first step in the information management process is to establish the information requirements. This step will lead to the next step of data collection.

Data Collection: Once the information requirements have been established, necessary and relevant data is collected from sources such as surveys, focus groups, repositories, data warehouses, archives, etc. 

Data Storage: Repositories, such as databases and data warehouses, are used to manage and store data. 

Data Preparation: Data will most often need to be converted from diverse data types and formats and cleansed to make it consistent and usable. 

Data Analysis: Once data is cleansed, statistical models, visualizations and analysis tools are used to discover and communicate trends and patterns.

Decision Making: Trends and patterns discovered during the analysis allow for interpretation of conclusions which support making informed decisions based on the data.

Strategic Planning: Data informed processes are planned and executed to solve the information needs.