12 people you meet at every Records Management conference

12 people you meet at every Records Management conference

12 people you meet at every Records Management conference

1. The RM Newbie

You’ll find the newbie running around the entire conference trying to soak up information.  It isn’t actually possible to attend every presentation track and breakout session, but that’s not going to stop him or her from trying.  Hopefully they’ll stick around, because someone’s going to have to take care of this stuff in 30 years!

2. The Armchair Philosopher

Forever scratching his or her chin, the Philosopher sees every question in Records Management as a big philosophical one.  Asking them a simple question will easily result in a 3-hour thesis about how 19th-century theories of epistemology laid the foundation for modern knowledge management. We have a few of these at Feith Systems. (You all know who you are!)

3. The Physical Records Person

The physical records manager has been doing this since the 80’s. They’ve heard rumors of companies going paperless, and they just don’t buy it.  But that’s okay — if most people’s electronic systems were as well cataloged and organized as their boxes, we’d all be in pretty good shape.

4. The Nonchalant Techie

Never doubt that that the Nonchalant Techie can relate every event in life back to a technical problem and solution that they have the answer to. To him or her, all Records Management challenges can ultimately be solved with SharePoint, some SQL triggers, and a C# program they wrote this afternoon.  Still — you’ll be happy to have this person on your ERM project team when you need to do a big integration!

5. The Mega-Networker

The Mega-Networker is going to make friends. A lot of them.  The more connected, the better.  You ‘re going to get a friend request from them on LinkedIn before you even manage to shake their hand.  Did you know there was a Twitter hashtag for this GDPR round table?  They did!  But as silly as it may seem, these people make conferences work! They provide the social glue that builds networks of professionals.

6. The Party Animal

Usually seen the first night of any Records Management conference.  Usually strangely missing thereafter.  They come to the conference to spend a few nights away from the kids, having as much fun as possible.  Drinks all around!  Anyone want hit the karaoke bar after this? I am.

7. The Very Private Person

Always seen the second and third day of any given conference.  Suspiciously missing from the first.  Notable taste for Water and Excedrin. May be wearing sunglasses inside in the middle of the day.  Has a strange adverseness to both light and sound.  We’ve been there, Very Private Person.

8. The Early Adopter

This person was busy doing ERM back before ERM existed.  While many of us were still learning basic computing on Windows 3.1, they were trailblazing the industry. They’re pretty much the Michael Jordan of Records Management, and they aren’t afraid to say it.

9. The Vendors

These guys are PSYCHED about something.  It’s not clear what, but they’re ready to talk, that’s for sure!  Most likely dressed in matching, immaculate outfits. Interested in some cool schwag?  It’s free, all you have to do is give them your phone number, email address and departmental budget. 

[Disclaimer:  Feith is a vendor of Enterprise Records Management software.]

10. The RM Celebrity

They may have been a bit of a geek growing up, but now the whole RM world knows their name.  As the guru of this and the master of that, the RM celebrity is so talented that they’re often paid to be here.  They may still be a bit of a geek, but you know you’re going to their presentation later!

11. The Futurist

The futurist is seemingly up to date on virtually every breakthrough in the tech industry.  You can usually spot the futurist by their semi-ironic Block Chain T-Shirt.  Get ready, because they’re here to tell you how using a hefty helping of Machine Learning can change your life.  They may be right, but we think it’s a bit too early to call.

12. The Couple

One of them came for work, the other is a frugal tourist. They both get a nice company-paid hotel room.  While one of them is chatting you up about unifying your retention plans, the other is asking around for the best place for Vietnamese Pho.  Act fast to catch this pair, because after the second day they’ll be sightseeing!  Can you blame them?

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Shannon Heim

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Helping others is what Shannon loves most, making her a great fit for outreach at Records Management University. She is in charge of credits and certificates as well as the RMU email account. When Shannon isn’t talking with students, she edits the on-demand classes to make them as high quality as possible.

23 Best Records Management Memes From Around the Web

23 Best Records Management Memes From Around the Web

Just some favorite RM and IG memes we’ve seen

23.  Just wait until you see them scan the prints back in

22.  Every office has a blockchain guy

21. Money Saving Strategies

20. Surprise, you actually did need it!

19. Unless they keep everything too…  Just sayin’.

18. Lord of the Records

 

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17. Honestly not the worst system we’ve ever seen

16. Frankly, most people are still catching up on GDPR

15. What if I told you Memes are records?

14. Clearly More is Better

13. Roughly 50% of the people we meet at ARMA

12. Drake has strong opinions on Information Governance

11. How much metadata is too much metadata?

10. The other 50% of people we meet at ARMA

9. Because ‘My 600 lb Hard Drive’ isn’t a show yet

8. If he actually wanted it, why give it to the RM?

7. Big Foot is terrible about indexing his documents

6. That record was Irreplaaaceable

5. Should’ve listened to your RM

4. At least he’s paying attention to IG

3. Waka waka

2. I find your lack of classifications disturbing.

1.  Remember Charlie, don’t forget the tale of the RM who got everything he ever wanted

 

Have some good RM or IG memes for me to add to the list?  Send them to rlong (at) feith.com

 

Bonus update!:

Special thanks to Katherine for sharing these.

 

Thank you for sharing these with us Michael.



Thank you, Carolyn.  These are great! 


 


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Richard Long

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Richard loves getting conversations started about the Big Ideas in Records Management and Information Governance. He helps run the Records Management University program, bringing great free content to information professionals. Got his start at Feith Systems in 2014 as Head of Training. He now runs the marketing group. Reach out to Richard with questions at rlong [at] feith.com
Categories Fun

Send in the Drones!

Send in the Drones!

Another beautiful Friday afternoon here at Feith Systems and Software, and what better way to celebrate than by taking the old UAV for a spin?

Austin, one of our Solutions Architects, has been telling us about his drones for a few months now (although he insists they’re more accurately described as quadcopters).

We couldn’t wait to see them.

Hamming it up with a drone.

So, while the weather was clear, the wind was low, and all of the executives were tied up in meetings, a few of us managed to sneak outside to see them.

“Guys, pretend I’m flying it with my mind!” says Mingjie Zhu, Support Engineer.

Austin attached a camera to the drone to transmit video to the goggles pictured above, so you can truly get a ‘birds eye view’. It can take some getting used to, especially when Austin sends it into a nose dive.

Taking a spin out front of the Feith offices in Fort Washington, PA.

That was fun, but it looks like it’s getting a little cloudy on the horizon. Better pack it up.

Until next time, friends.

PS: If you’re coming to the annual conference this year, don’t forget to keep a look out for Austin and his drones. Rumor has it he will be flying them on the beach at FACT/2015 in Atlantic City, NJ.

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Engineering’s Brewing Day

Engineering’s Brewing Day

At Feith we strive to live by the Work Hard, Play Hard philosophy. That’s why no one at Feith was surprised when a handful of us took a few hours Friday afternoon to create our own Feith-branded craft beer.

Our lead graphic designer, Jessica Cohen, was in attendance.

She was kind enough to take some envy-inducing pictures and even copied down the recipe so we could enjoy the experience.

How does one home brew their own Feith Beer?

First, you want to start by growing your own hops– preferably at your place of employment à la Senior Software Engineer, Tom McLean.

Tom is the master of this operation, and he swears by preparing the beer in an 8-gallon turkey fryer.

It took the water about an hour to get to the optimal temperature (about 165 degrees Fahrenheit).

Then Tom turned off the heat, and steeped a bag of roasted grains for half an hour before removing them. After the grains are removed, the concoction is brought back to a boil and malt extract is added.

Next came the first .25 oz of hops. The pot was left to boil for another 30 minutes, after which .25 oz more of hops were added.

This process was repeated twice more.
Once the boiling process was finished, the copper coil was placed in the pot and cold water was run through it to cool down the contents.

Once the liquid was cooled enough, the yeast was added and the liquid was transferred to the fermenting jar.

And there it sat for several months. Feith beer was debuted last week at our end-of-summer picnic. Tom tapped the keg and everyone was welcome to sample.

The general consensus? We didn’t make enough!

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