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Peer Connect Perspectives: Should Information Be Treated as an Asset?

Published: 02 August 2019

ID: G00444850

Analyst(s): Peer Contributors


One CIO is interested in learning the consequences of not thinking and leveraging information as an asset. Peer Connect members engage in an insightful, and almost polarized, discussion on the usage of information as an asset.

Table Of Contents


Peer Strategies

  • Premise: Information Is Not an Asset
  • Arguments in Favor of “Information as an Asset”
    • What Qualifies Information as a Financial Category
    • Why Some Organizations Think of Information as an Asset
    • Minerals Analogy — “Information as a Resource”
  • Arguments Against “Information as an Asset”
    • The “Goodwill” Metaphor
    • Challenges in Categorizing Information as an Asset
    • Information: Asset vs. Liability
    • “Patenting a Recipe” Analogy
    • How Companies Can Classify Information for Maximum ROI
    • Why Classifying Information Doesn’t Impact IT
  • Rethinking Leveraging “Information as an Asset”
    • Some Ambitious “Information as an Asset” Projects Can Fail
    • Flaws in the “Minerals Analogy”
    • Information Needs to Be Protected at the Right Cost
  • Key Takeaways
  • Other Resources

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