What’s Your Cloud Exit Strategy? December 3, 2013Posted by Marko Sillanpää in cloud.
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I’ve had a draft of this article for over two years but I didn’t want you to think I’ve gone completely mad. Yes, the cloud offers many advantages. But, what if the cloud you choose ends up not fitting your needs. What is your exit strategy? Cloud vendors make it easy to hop-on with data migration tools and the like. But what about when it’s time to leave the cloud? Don’t think this is an issue? What if you had been a user of Nirvanix, who in October filed Chapter 11. Nirvanix gave it’s customer 15 days to get their content before shutting down.
Surprise – Your Project is a Failure December 2, 2013Posted by Lee Dallas in Consulting, Technology.
Tags: Failure, Project management
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I have been thinking about project failure for the last several days. Perhaps because of the healthcare.gov problems or maybe because I put up Christmas lights that failed to entice even a single passing aircraft to attempt landing on my lawn. In a word – disappointing. Expectations were not met. It seems every project that fails in large organizations does so in plain sight but to the utter shock and dismay of the constituents.
After watching IT projects, product launches and government programs go badly over the years I notice five things that conspire to create disappointment. I am sure there are others we could cite but these are the most frequent offenders in my experience. (more…)
Finland Re-enters the Mobile Phone Market November 27, 2013Posted by Marko Sillanpää in mobile content.
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After Nokia sold the rights to its mobile phone division to Microsoft, I was left wondering, “What Next?” Being Finnish, it was tough loosing such a huge part of national heritage, a pulp and paper mill from the 1800’s that became a mobile phone giant. After the acquisition we were left with “Angry Birds.” But today Finland re-entered the mobile market with Jolla. (more…)
Why We Have an (Enterprise) Content Management Problem November 27, 2013Posted by Marko Sillanpää in Alfresco, Content Management, Documentum, ECM, FileNet, Hyland, IBM, Open Text.
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I started to reply to Pie’s latest post, “Why We Don’t Have an Enterprise Data Management Problem” but it got longer than a paragraph. So I thought I’d blog instead. I’m not sure I agree that “The ECM mindset is the broken part.” To focus on the old Highlander rule, “There Can Be Only One” which ECM adopted, I agree is vendor fiction that will never be fully realized. But ECM needs a single mindset, at least at the industry. (more…)
ECM, “Reports of my death are premature.” November 21, 2013Posted by Marko Sillanpää in Content Management, ECM.
For a while I’ve seen the various posts of the death of ECM. What has happen is that “enterprise” has become an adjective rather than a noun. Often, as vendors, we think enterprise means a big deal size rather than a wide venture. Enterprise solutions have come to mean solutions to large problem encountered often by a small audience. ECM sales were often made as enterprise-deal but the solutions rarely left the large complex problems they were envisioned to solve.
I believe that ECM is about to have a revolution, a revolution towards EwCM (Enterprise-wide Content Management). That revolution is being lead by the customer. (more…)
Cutting Paper Cold Turkey November 19, 2013Posted by Marko Sillanpää in Consulting, Content Management.
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Hello, my name is Marko and I used to have a pack a month habit. Sorry I meant to say ream a month habit. But this summer two events merged and I found myself quitting paper cold turkey. First my home office shrank and then I joined Hyland. Hyland was my tipping point. You see hyland is a paper-free office. Well not exactly, as in my building we do have a printer shared by over 300 people. I found the one on the first floor, prominently positioned in the middle of the office so everyone can see your walk of shame to collect your print job. Honest it was just a boarding pass. My airline is not ticketless. (I’m glad I’ve never needed to copy something, as rumors are the one copier in the building is in front of the CEO’s office.) So began my journey to paperless.
EMC Public SaaS Solutions September 19, 2013Posted by Lee Dallas in cloud, Content Management, Documentum.
Tags: Documentu, EMC, MMTMDevcon, Software as a service
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When I first heard about this idea almost a year ago my first reaction was – “Why in the world would you want to do that?”
Realizing that this phrase is the closest thing in business to “get off my lawn” I decided to put more thought into it and think about the business rather than focusing on the declining value of my docbasic expertise. EMC Public SaaS solutions were introduced at EMC World in May but at Momentum Devcon Wednesday David Lestrat gave more detail on the strategy and timeline. A few key things for the community to keep in mind
- This is more about how people want to buy than how we want to code - Talk to almost and technology leader and two things they want will come up. 1) they want a consumption or at least a subscription based pricing model and 2) they don’t want to maintain it. Neither of these necessarily demand a particular technology, language or product but the SaaS platform must address these two ideas. The second is an obvious point – it will be a public cloud deployment on a multi-tenant architecture but the first is a more complicated problem to figure out – especially for companies with existing business that needs to transform and adapt to consumption pricing. To be clear there was no talk of pricing today – it is just a fact of the market.
- This is a SaaS model that is relevant to EMC – The success of Syncplicity on-premise storage options proved what we believed. Customers want and need the option to maintain their data in their own data center even when the application managing it lives elsewhere. This means customers will need storage and that is what we (EMC) do better than anyone else.
- Solutions will make or break it - Today’s enterprise customers do not simply buy capacity – they buy capability. While the SaaS platform is a great story for IT, with out a business problem to solve it isn’t good for much. That means solutions, built for this channel by EMC & our partners.
- Your investment in learning xCP today pays off in this platform tomorrow – Solutions delivered on this platform will be constructed with xCP2.x. The goal is that what you develop locally can be deployed in the cloud. No matter what, the techniques and principles for creating xCP applications we are learning now are the foundation for everything to be built in the platform.
Especially if you are a partner, it is worth your while to start spending cycles preparing your best ideas for the public solutions platform.
A Few Thoughts on Upgrades September 17, 2013Posted by Lee Dallas in Content Management, Documentum.
Tags: Documentum, EMC, migration, MMTMDevcon
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It is a reality of enterprise software that eventually you have to upgrade the stack. I know that the cloud lobby say they solved that problem but I will not take on that conversation in this post. As with everything in technology reality is very different from the marketing. This is one of the biggest topics here at DevCon and I had a few thoughts to share on the subject. (more…)
Developer Edition – FINALLY September 17, 2013Posted by Lee Dallas in Content Management, Documentum.
Tags: Documentum, EMC, MMTMDevcon, PostgreSQL
I am attending the Momentum Developer’s Conference in California this week. This is one of my favorite events as I get to connect with partners and developers and have really geeky conversations about all things Documentum.
The biggest and most welcome announcement to me so far is the return of the Developer’s Edition of Documentum. You can read Jeroen’s announcement here. I won’t repeat it all but this is such an improvement over past efforts that I can’t help but comment.
For long time Documentum geeks the really exciting part is that it that this edition will be running on PostgreSQL. Everyone I know that works with this product has been waiting for a version of content server that runs on an open source database. While not for production(yet), the advance lowers the barrier to entry for people that want to learn the product.
From a purely pragmatic point of view, this also solves annoying redistribution problems that come with trying to use other options database options. The other notable difference between this and the previous incarnation of a developer edition is the fact that it will be packaged as a Linux virtual machine. Free of the shackles of a Windows distribution and faster than ever to get up and running.
Jeroen says production support of this would depend upon customer demand – you have your marching orders – go demand it!
I’ll post more as time permits or you can follow the twitter conversation here on Twitter.
Googling My Way Through Knowledge Management September 10, 2013Posted by Marko Sillanpää in Content Management, Knowledge Management.
Tags: Finland, Google, Knowledge Management
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One of the most shocking statements I ever heard was we would have to recreate the lunar program if we ever did it again. Bits of knowledge disappeared as each person on the program left, retired, or passed on. Enterprises today are trying to capture that knowledge as their workforce retires. Yet we are still so afraid to use the term knowledge management. Yet it all exists and it works. With knowledge management I rediscovered a secret program from 1903 of the Finnish government in exile to create an army to retake their country. (more…)