By Viewpointe | @viewpointellc
This interview first appeared in Viewpointe’s online newsroom.
Robert F. Williams
Founder, Co-Chair of Managing Electronic Records (MER) Conference
Tell me a bit about your role:
Mr. Williams: For more than 40 years, I led Cohasset Associates, one of the nation’s foremost management consultants specializing in improving the management of records and computer-stored information. With my special interest in education, I founded the MER Conference in 1992. For 23 years now, MER has been the only national conference focused exclusively on the life-cycle management of electronic records.
What is the biggest challenge in business?
Williams: The biggest challenge in business today is change. There is change in every dimension of business and businesses need to evolve rapidly to take advantage of the opportunities that change presents.
What is the latest trend, affecting your clients the most?
Williams: The rate and scope of change. We all thought change was manifested in digitization of records – moving from media-centric, to content-centric documents. Much as this was a veritable sea change, the follow on internet-enabled changes (the Internet of Things) will ultimately be far more consequential.
Why do you think this is happening now?
Williams: There are several reasons: New technologies, the cloud, broadband communications and the volume of information that now can be communicated via the Internet. Collectively, these changes are redefining the way we work. The MER Conference (MER15) will in fact address these changes, in regard to the legal, technical and operational challenges, to better manage information.
Bob Williams is the founder and president of Cohasset Associates, Inc. and founder of the National Conference on Managing Electronic Records, (MER). Mr. Williams is renowned for his leadership in addressing the legal, technical, and operational challenges associated with the life-cycle management of records, especially electronic records. He has edited two definitive legal research studies: Legality of Microfilm and Legality of Optical Storage. His also has overseen many industry white papers focused on compliance the SEC’s requirements for the storage of computer stored information (CSI). As a renowned speaker, Mr. Williams has given more than 1,000 presentations at briefings, seminars, and conferences throughout the United States as well as in Europe and South America. Mr. Williams’ primary focus now is organizing, running, and co-chairing the MER, Cohasset’s nationally renowned conference on managing electronic records
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