With the introduction of any new idea or technology, there’s inevitably a ‘new versus old’ debate. First it was intranets vs enterprise 2.0. Then intranets vs social collaboration, then vs mobile and most recently vs digital workplaces.
Surveys of the use of both enterprise search and intranet search invariably show that searching for information about other employees is one of the most important features. In practice searching for a name when you are not sure of the correct spelling, or the person does not use their official ‘HR’ name, can be more than a little difficult.
Just seeing information security as a digital asset management topic owned by IT is to totally miss the point. The damage that printed, or printed-out, information can do in the wrong hands can not only be embarrassing but very difficult to pin down the route by which the information broke out of its cage, a cage often no stronger that as an attachment to an email that says ‘Keep this to yourself’.