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Many businesses have started up and been quite successful based around the premise of helping you to keep your disparate information in some sort of order. Referred to as information management, one could argue convincingly that this is a large part of the reason that computer were invented in the first place. By helping to crunch and store data, computers became the equivalent of filing cabinets. It took decades, but eventually it was possible to keep virtually all of one’s personal information on their computer. Bills, ownership records, certificates, account information, and documents all found their way into the cyber world. So too did pictures, videos, and other formerly non-digital items.
And all of that information in one place led inevitably to the one result: The Jumble. When you take everything that you own and store it in one storage unit, it’s hard to find any one item. Even in a neatly organized space, there are scores of boxes, each hard to reach as many boxes are stacked on top of it. And that’s exactly what a catch-all computer ends up looking like – jumbled!
To keep a computer in its intended position as an asset, it’s necessary to utilize information management. This process begins with coming up with a structure for your data that works for you or your organization. Whatever your organizing strategy, the key to building a suitable information management system is to adhere to the system. Everyone with access to the computer or network must be on the same page as far as organizing information. Otherwise, important parts of your organization puzzle will be missing when you need them the most.