Editor's note: This is the first in a series of articles focusing on key information management disciplines. Read Part 2 here, Part 3 here and Part 4 here.

In recent years, a greater reliance has been placed on information to support corporate decision-making. This has resulted in a shift in focus away from the mere storage and maintenance of data to the practice of information management. Efficient information management is increasingly becoming a key activity and an area of focus not just for IT, but also for industry executives and leaders. This activity is now identified as a critical factor to the success and continued growth of organizations.

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