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Richard Erskine

I lead Strategic Business Services in EMEA for the Information Intelligence Group in EMC. With over 20 years experience in applied information management working across all sectors, I bring a wealth of strategic and practical experience to bear on opportunities requiring an enterprise-scale vision and a roadmap.
One of my key skills is being able to connect senior levels in the business with IT, to create a shared language, and a common vision. In recent years I was awarded ‘Consultant of the Year’ on two occasions, and I have been a thought leader in ECM over many years, writing and speaking on a range of topics. Recent examples are "Whatever Happened to the I in IT" and "Demystifying Taxonomies".
Prior to my work in information management, I was a scientist and I have a PhD from Cambridge University in theoretical chemistry.
I am married with two daughters and live in the Cotswolds.

Posts by Richard Erskine

Learning lessons from the BBC’s Black Swan

The BBC’s Digital Media Initiative (DMI) was envisioned not only to replace the old tape-driven system for sharing content, but to transform the whole production process, taking the BBC into the mod... Read More >>


11th August, 2014

Nigeria’s Heart: Information Management Strategy

I am privileged in my job to meet many people, in different industries and cultures. Despite having being born in Somaliland and traveled widely in Africa, I had never been to Nigeria. I recently re... Read More >>


Challenging the Structured – Unstructured Data Divide

I was with a client last week – an oil & gas major – at the early stages of some work to develop an ECM strategy.  I made a presentation on the topic of ‘information architecture’ and inc... Read More >>


Content Management in a complex world: Getting serious about OnDemand

More and more content is moving onto the web.  Everyday millions of people put their trust in Facebook, Google and others to store treasured family memoires and photographs.  We know this trend is e... Read More >>


Data catching Santa in the exploding digital universe!

At this time of year, cynics and sceptics pour scorn on Santa and his faithful reindeer, the prancers and dancers of this festive time.  The gauntlet is often laid down as follows.  Santa will visit... Read More >>


The Death of Email and the Birth of the Twitterati?

Adam Sherwin, writing in The Independent (7th December 2011), posed the question “The Death Of Email?” regarding the decision of Thierry Breton, CEO of Atos, to phase out the use of email within A... Read More >>


The Discomfort Zone: IT Strategy meets Business Strategy

What is the biggest IT challenge facing businesses today?  Is it the continual flux in the IT market, and the future of Microsoft?  Is it the move to On Demand and how this will create tectonic s... Read More >>