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Debra Logan
Research VP
5 years at Gartner
25 years IT industry

Roles and Responsibilities Debra Logan is a vice president in Gartner Research. She covers enterprise content management, records management, knowledge management and worker productivity, intellectual capital, and intellectual property topics and compliance as related to documentation... Read Full Bio

A Whole Lotta Lawyers

by Debra Logan  |  February 10, 2010

I spent part of last week at Legal Tech, the ‘world’s largest Legal Technology conference.’  I certainly hope that claim is true, because it was indeed a large gathering.  Although my own interest in information governance encompasses quite a few areas, I am very focused on how information management and risk management are related.  The need for […]

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How Can Governance Succeed?

by Debra Logan  |  January 25, 2010

So, I managed to log on after only four attempts today.  My method of stubornly typing in all four of the password variations I use, instead of actually looking at where I have written it down is a habit that persists from the good old days of programming.  Those were the days that even if […]

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Four Causes of Information Governance Failures

by Debra Logan  |  January 18, 2010

So, before you start reading the main part of this, I need to say:  although it may not seem like it at first, this post is about information governance.  Stay with me, I’ll get there in the end.  Ready?  The is the answer to ‘why is information governance so hard’?  In his book Collapse, Jared […]

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What is Information Governance? And Why is it So Hard?

by Debra Logan  |  January 11, 2010

 Before I write (extensively)  about why information governance is so difficult and what has to happen to make it happen, I should tell you what I mean by ‘information governance’.  Like the term ‘information’ itself, different people mean different things when they talk about this topic. There are lots and lots (and lots) of definitions of […]

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New Year’s Resolutions: Information Governance

by Debra Logan  |  January 4, 2010

Don’t know about you, but I always make New Year’s resolutions.  One of mine is to blog more.  That shouldn’t be difficult, since I managed it about three times in 2009.  In any case, the past is behind us and we can all look forward to a fresh start in whatever areas of our lives […]

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What Goes On Facebook, Stays in Facebook. Forever.

by Debra Logan  |  May 7, 2009

While skimming through the very excellent Unfiltered Orange ( for the latest e-Discovery news, I came across yet another post talking about the dangers of Twitter, Facebook, and other social networking sites (  It pointed out the privacy pitfalls of social networking for individuals and companies, and used a couple of examples of people who […]

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Legal and IT Are Still Not Communicating

by Debra Logan  |  May 6, 2009

 Being an analyst is a funny old thing.  I’ve been talking about e-Discovery for a few years now and so much of what I said and wrote for Gartner at the beginning of the current e-Discovery hype seems very old news indeed.  One of our cardinal pieces of advice is that in matters of data […]

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Twitter and e-Discovery

by Debra Logan  |  April 28, 2009

Having finally been convinced that blogging might not be such a bad thing after all and it was almost certain that it would NOT bring about the end of civilization as I had previously believed, I now find myself having to pay attention to YASSS (Yet Another Social Software Site), namely, Twitter. For those of […]

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Everyone Is Doing It: Even Lawyers

by Debra Logan  |  April 1, 2009

Nothing worse than a reformed sinner is a phrase that I have often used in connection with ex-smokers like myself. We hate it more than those of you who never smoked, because of course, we were foolish and reckless enough to do it at one time. The same holds true for adopting a position or […]

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