Industry and Academic Experts Partner to Help Businesses and Students Prepare for the Future of Information Management

BOSTON & AUSTIN, TX – Feb. 23, 2015 — / — Today, Iron Mountain® Incorporated (NYSE: IRM), the storage and information management company, and the University of Texas School of Information, a premier research and education institution for information professionals, announced a partnership to advance the study and practice of information management and governance. To launch the initiative, Iron Mountain will cohost “A Two-Gun Texas Roundup on Big Data Analytics,” an exclusive event at the University of Texas on Feb. 24 at the Austin Campus’ AT&T Conference Center.

As the volume of data and information continues to grow, organizations are racing to adapt their strategies and solutions to keep up and derive powerful and actionable insights from that information. To do so, information management professionals must stay abreast of advances in the field so they can be ready for emerging changes in how information is being consumed, accessed and managed. By partnering on this initiative, Iron Mountain and the University of Texas are providing these professionals, for the first time, a resource for strategies, technologies and job skills needed to ensure that they stay ahead of the curve and are able to meet today’s and tomorrow’s information management challenges. Iron Mountain will support the partnership by participating in and collaborating on thought-leadership events, contributing to the University’s curriculum and engaging with alumni, professors and students.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with one of the leading academic centers for information management in the world, helping to shape the direction of our industry for current and future information managers,” said Sue Trombley, managing director of Thought Leadership at Iron Mountain and University of Texas at Austin School of Information class of 2003. “Our customers have long relied on us to collaborate with them to solve some of information management’s biggest challenges. In the process of doing that, we’ve developed a great deal of expertise and resources that help advance the practice of information management and information governance. With the formal iSchool relationship, we can combine those years of experience with the hub of information management education to support the ability of information management professionals to actively advise their employers and shape their own future.”

The partnership kicks off with a half-day event on Feb. 24 called “A Two-Gun Texas Roundup on Big Data Analytics”, focused on two of the industry’s hottest topics: big data analytics and data visualization. The event includes two panel discussions moderated by Sue Trombley and featuring speakers from the iSchool, Iron Mountain, Chevron, Enlyton, Innography Tasktop and the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear real-world use cases and examples of successful big data analytics, explore the importance of an organization’s data “readiness” to work with analytics and visualization, and learn about best practices to extract data and visualize it in a way that empowers decision-makers to take action and drive business value.

“The management of information is now of strategic importance to all organizations,” said Andrew Dillon, Dean of the University of Texas School of Information. “As technology has evolved, new challenges and practices have emerged which require a deep understanding of human engagement with information resources to tackle appropriately. A partnership between the iSchool and Iron Mountain offers a unique opportunity to bridge the worlds of scholarship and practice in information management and to enhance the professional preparation of future information managers.”

About the University of Texas School of Information
The School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin is a premier research and graduate education program featuring a top-ten ALA Accredited master’s program, a Ph.D. program, Dual Masters Programs, and a new dual Computer Science BS and MSIS program. Our faculty are among the world’s foremost researchers in the information disciplines, with backgrounds in computer science, industrial engineering, anthropology, cognitive psychology, and many other cognate fields. We come together to study and educate people about: the interactions of people and information, the processes of managing and organizing information for meaning and use; and the impact of new technologies and behaviors on individuals, organizations and society. We seek students who can see beyond current approaches to problems, who recognize that information transcends boundaries, and who are comfortable crossing disciplines in search of answers.

About Iron Mountain
Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM) is a leading provider of storage and information management services. The company’s real estate network of over 67 million square feet across more than 1,000 facilities in 36 countries allows it to serve customers around the world. And its solutions for records management, data management, document management, data center management and secure shredding help organizations to lower storage costs, comply with regulations, recover from disaster, and better use their information. Founded in 1951, Iron Mountain stores and protects billions of information assets, including business documents, backup tapes, electronic files and medical data. Visit for more information.

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