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The ARMA International Information Governance Implementation Model (IGIM)

ARMA International Information Governance Implementation Model [IGIM]

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What is the IGIM?

The ARMA Information Governance Implementation Model (now available in its' first official release [v.1.0.0] after several years in BETA release) is a useful tool to connect the various stakeholders of information governance. From risk mitigation through to value generation, the ARMA Information Governance Implementation Model helps bring a common understanding and unified implementation series that bridges policy and technology through seven critical areas.

"Finally, a road map to actual implementation. Very useful in the field."
Fred Pulzello, CRM; Past President, ARMA International

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The IGIM articulates 7 key areas that comprise Information Governance. There are 3 primary views of the 7 key areas of the IGIM: the "Hive View", the "Hive View with Explainations", and the "Expanded View". We present these 7 key areas in these distinct views to help professionals explain the areas and understand what comprises each key area.

IGIM Hive View

ARMA Information Governance Implementation Model Hive

IGIM Hive View Explained

ARMA Information Governance Implementation Model Hive Explained

Each key area has additional detail to bring further clarity to the implementation of information governance, as presented in the "Expanded View". We have gathered together an array of resources on each of the implementation facets to help guide you in implementing information governance in your organization.

IGIM Expanded View

ARMA Information Governance Implementation Model

Note: Training Now Available

ARMA's Essentials of Information Governance training program follows the outline of the IGIM to provide you with comprehensive education on both information governance and the IGIM.

Steering Committee

Information Governance Implementation Model - Steering Committee


Information Governance Implementation Model - Authorities


Information Governance Implementation Model - Supports

  • Change Management
  • Project Management
  • Communications
  • Organizational Learning & Training
  • Help Desk / FAQs


Information Governance Implementation Model - Processes


Information Governance Implementation Model - Capabilities

  • Information Access
  • Protection
  • Privacy
  • Information Lifecycle
    • Capture
    • Collaboration
    • Version Control
    • Retention / Storage
    • Holds / eDiscovery
    • Disposal / Archiving
  • Search


Information Governance Implementation Model - Structures


Information Governance Implementation Model - Infrastructure

  • Applications & Software
  • Content Services & APIs
  • Networks & Connectivity
  • Hosting / Cloud / Servers
  • SLAs & Licensing
  • Information Security

Download Your Copy (free)

Download your copy of the ARMA International Information Governance Implementation Model.


Additional Resources

The Information Governance Maturity Index Report—2020

The Information Governance Maturity Index Report—2020 presents the results of the IG Maturity Index Survey conducted in the last quarter of 2019. The survey aligns with ARMA International’s Information Governance Implementation Model (IGIM) and is designed to measure IG maturity across the seven key areas of the model. This report is the first, annual assessment of IG maturity based on the IGIM. The survey and index were a joint effort of ARMA International and NetGovern, with the support and guidance of Osterman Research, to create a definitive, data-driven benchmark for information governance (IG).

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ARMA's Manager of Content Development and resident Information Governance guru, Ann K. Snyder, joined with Deloitte's Ilana Lutman, Access' Gillian Hinkle, and the ARMA New Jersey Chapter to share about the IGIM. Enjoy this helpful resource:

Training: Essentials of Information Governance

ARMA's comprehensive information governance training course, the Essentials of Information Governance, is aligned with the IGIM. Take this critical training course and learn both about information governance and enacting the IGIM in your organization.

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IGIM & IG Maturity Index Report Images Bundle

ARMA is pleased to provide the images of the IGIM and from our IG Maturity Index Report as a downloadable package. The package includes the images in a convenient PowerPoint format, so that you may utilize this model and research in your presentations, as well as the images themselves for your use in presentations, articles, and publications.

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License & Citation

The ARMA Information Governance Implementation Model (IGIM) was released under an open-source license (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International [CC BY-NC-SA 4.0]). You may download, share, and even modify for your own organization's specific needs, with citation, without specific permission from ARMA International. Please cite the model as: ARMA International, "Information Governance Implementation Model (IGIM)", Please direct any questions you may have about the IGIM to