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    BitmoGene Telegram - December 2019 (2020 Vision)


    Dear Chapter Members and Friends:

    Being engaged in an industry in the midst of dynamic change, I can’t help but feel that there’s a sense of serendipity in approaching the year 2020.

    Whether you chalk it up to good auspices, dumb luck, or nothing more than my own admittedly flawed penchant for cheesy marketing gimmicks, the 20/20 vision metaphor is a fitting one for us at this time.

    It’s exciting to be traversing a road with so many paths and potential outcomes - a road full of amazing opportunities. As stewards of our organizations’ information assets, we need a clarity of vision and strategic direction, now more than ever.

    With Opportunity Comes Responsibility

    Our relevance in what is now a truly global conversation will be scripted by the actions we take today, as ambassadors of the discipline of Information Governance. The manner in which we educate, collaborate and cooperate in this truly evolutionary era will determine how the power of the information we harness will be used tomorrow.

    So my message to you, the member/practitioner/teacher/student/evangelist, is simply this … stick with it! Make your voice heard in shaping the business and regulatory climate of future generations. There is no better way to do that than to be actively involved in your ARMA chapter.

    So the only question is …

    What Are You Waiting For?

    We get it. There’s a lot going on in your professional, family and social lives. We have those too (some more than others). But volunteering for your local ARMA chapter affords you tremendous opportunities in professional development, networking and new friendships that you would simply not get an opportunity to experience otherwise. Why not take a closer look at all we have to offer:

    And in turn, offer us your creative energy and fresh perspective on how to help lead our profession into the next generation.


    January, February ...

    Everyone's favorite third month is not just a word for what BitmoGene likes to do to the beat of his own drum. It also happens to be the time of year that ARMA Metro NYC puts on our annual Spring Conference.

    Introducing ...

    On March 10, 2020 at the AMA Executive Conference Center in the heart of Times Square, we will deliver four tracks of educational content, featuring some of the hottest topics and the most influential and sought-after speakers in the biz.

    This year we will be running our popular ASPIRE program on its very own track.  Click the logo to learn more about this unique ARMA Metro NYC Chapter program:


    As usual, we will be handing out CRM and IGP credits like candy at a parade. And all of our live educational events are flush with scrumptious catered meals, and are book-ended with mingling and good old fashioned networking. It’s a great opportunity to engage with like-minded practitioners, meet new friends, and perhaps reconnect with old ones.


    Salsa, Anyone?    

    Any dance that features a partner dip is pretty cool. But let’s face it … 

    A dance that you can also dip your tortilla chip into?  Where do I sign up?!?

    For our January social, we will be partnering with our friends at the New York City Paralegal Association on a Salsa dance instructional/mixer in midtown Manhattan on Thursday, January 16th 2020.

    The event will be held at Ripley-Grier Studios (36th St. & 8th Ave) from 6:30-9:30pm.

    Our own chapter member, Louis Tirado, will be leading the class, and will be assisted by a partner - another pedigreed dance instructor (Caroline). Louis and Caroline will go through some individual dance steps for the first half of the class before introducing alternating partners. This will be followed by some free dance time where everyone gets to show off their new moves.

    Seriously, where do I sign up …

    Well, we’re still working out a few details. Keep an eye out for registration invites arriving in your email inbox soon!


    It Pays To Partner

    Both the CONFIRM.NYC and the January social networking events are being sponsored by our amazing friends at:

    We are grateful for the support and friendship of all our business partners. We believe our business partners are just that: equal contributors to the RIM/IG ecosystem, injecting a much-needed dose of thought leadership and innovation into a dynamic and rich dialogue. Check out our partnering page to learn more about our program, and to take advantage of our market-centric partnership approach.

    Happy New Year!

    On Behalf of the Board of Directors, wishing you and your families a healthy and happy (and visionary) 2020!


    Eugene Stakhov, CRM, CDIA+
    ARMA Metro NYC Chapter

    Chapter Member Contributions to AIEF

    ARMA Metro NYC Chapter members Bill Saffady and Anna Lebedeva have each made significant contributions to ARMA International Educational Foundation's research projects. 

    Mr. Saffady conducted a global survey of legal retention requirements for accounting records, a category of recorded information that is created and maintained by virtually all companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

    Ms. Lebedeva authored an exhaustive report that demonstrates the unique aspects of managing records and information in the U.S. financial services industry, empowering readers with the knowledge needed to implement a successful records and information management program.

    Both of these substantial research works are summarized and linked to in the INFORMATION MANAGEMENT ARMA-AIEF SPECIAL EDITION.


    ARMA Inducts Seven Information Professionals into its Company of Fellows

    Monday, October 21, 2019  

    ARMA International, the global authority on information management and governance, has inducted seven new professionals into its Company of Fellows.

    To qualify for inclusion as a Fellow of ARMA International (FAI), individuals must be ARMA members in good standing for at least 10 years and must have distinguished themselves through outstanding achievements in RIM and contributions to the profession.

    The 2019 inductees are as follows:

    • Michael Alsup, FAI, Fellow #61
    • Julie Colgan, CRM, IGP, FAI, Fellow #62
    • Masashi Kotani, FAI, Fellow #63
    • William LeFevre, CA, CRM, FAI, Fellow #64
    • Stuart Rennie, JD, FAI, Fellow #65
    • Mary Sherwin, CIPP , CRM , IGP, FAI, Fellow #66
    • Paula Sutton, CRM, IGP, FAI, Fellow #67

    The new Fellows were honored in a presentation ceremony October 21 at ARMA InfoCon 2019, the association’s annual conference, in Nashville.

    Chapter-Subsidized Study on Court Decisions on Information Management Published

    The ARMA International Educational Foundation (AIEF) has released a free report titled "Information Management and the Courts: An Update," written by John C. Montana, J.D., FIIM, FAI.

    The Foundation thanks the ARMA Metro New York City Chapter for the financial contributions made to support this research project.

    The report analyzes U.S. court decisions on information management in these areas:

    • Data breaches and liability – Who owns data collected in cloud-based systems? Who has standing to litigate when breaches occur?
    • E-discovery and spoliation – What constitutes ownership, custody, and control of records and data, particularly as the lines blur between personal and business devices, and data distributed among systems is shared by business partners, contractors, vendors, and others?
    • Records and information policies and procedures – How do the courts view them; how do they operate in litigation?
    • Data rights – What rights does an organization have to data that it receives or collects from clients and other third parties?


    The report focuses on cases from 2000 to 2018, with older cases cited as background for discussion of newer cases and topics. Case topics have been selected to reflect current issues of interest and areas where legal doctrine is new or uncertain.

    The report supplements earlier work by this and other authors. It's available at:

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