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Is It Time to Revive Knowledge Management? March 3, 2015

Posted by Lubor Ptacek in ECM, Knowledge Management.
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Back in the 90s, Knowledge Management was being heralded as one of the best use cases for content management. The goal of Knowledge Management was to effectively capture and reuse an organization’s knowledge. That’s a lofty goal and it’s not a surprise that most Knowledge Management failed miserably.

There were many cultural, organizational, and process reasons for the failures of Knowledge Management but one of the main reasons was the technology.  Back in the 90s, the technology to capture, manipulate, share, and reuse content was still in its infancy. In fact, most vendors indirectly admitted as much when they stopped marketing Knowledge Management as one of their offerings.

But the customers haven’t given up on it.

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Could ECM Have Prevented the Sony Hack? January 26, 2015

Posted by Lubor Ptacek in Content Management.
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There were hundreds of data breaches last year but Sony Pictures won the prize for the most publicity received by a hack. Mostly that publicity came about because Dennis Rodman’s friends got to watch The Interview before any of us. Like the President of the United States said, we can’t tolerate that. We must prevent such cyber-attacks.

But how?

According to the media coverage, most of the stolen data was in the form of structured data such as employee salaries and social security numbers but also emails, documents, movie scripts, and video files – even entire full-feature movies. Over 100 terabytes of data have been allegedly stolen and a lot of it was unstructured data, content. From the little information we have about the hack, no ECM system was in place and the content was stolen from servers and employees computers running Windows. ECM has always been claiming to have the ability to ‘secure’ content, right?

So, would ECM have prevented the Sony hack?

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The Future of ECM – 2015 Edition January 21, 2015

Posted by Lee Dallas in Content Management.
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I have been asked the question several times over the last few weeks what I think the future of ECM looks like. Jeroen VanRotterdam (CTO, VP of Engineering EMC IIG) is in the middle of his own series about the future of documentum management (Part 1) and I encourage you to take a look. He begins looking at the very nature of a document itself. I am taking more of a market oriented approach.

To understand where we are going I believe we need to understand where we have been. I have written on this topic many times and it is interesting (for me at least) to go back into the archives and see how my own opinion has evolved. All of the ECM is dead posts get tiresome and this is not one of those. If anything it falls more in the camp of ECM never should have existed in the first place. (more…)

Two Guys and A Computer January 15, 2015

Posted by Marko Sillanpää in Content Management, ECM, Technology.
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Oddly I can’t go a month without someone asking me about an ECM competitor that I’ve never ever heard of before. I know I won’t ever know them all but it just surprises me how many vendors are out there. Sometimes, it’s like you put two guys together with a truck they think they are a moving company. Give two guys a computer and they think they can build an ECM platform. Heck sometimes it’s just one guy.

Now don’t get me wrong. The every space needs disruptions. And new vendors that challenge the status quo are a good thing. My problems is with some of these “two guys and a computer” vendors don’t offer anything more than what’s offered by the smallest ECM vendors Its a free market and all so why not. As they say, Caveat Emptor (more…)

There Can Be Only One (Repository)? January 13, 2015

Posted by Marko Sillanpää in cloud, Content Management, eDiscovery, Knowledge Management, Technology.
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For years I have believed in the Highlander principal (from the movie of the same name) for enterprise content management (ECM), There Can Be Only One.  I lived and breathed that mantra back at the millennial. The belief was that only one repository was what was needed for an ECM platform.  That was right then but it’s no longer right today.  Well I guess you can change the inflection, “Yeah, there can be only one.” (more…)

A Look Back at ECM Trends 2014 January 8, 2015

Posted by Lee Dallas in Content Management.
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My favorite post of the year to write is the ECM trends but before that a look back on last year’s post. In addition to a rambling diatribe on Big Content, I made a few very short observations on trends in 2014. (more…)

Informative Graphics is acquired by Open Text January 7, 2015

Posted by Marko Sillanpää in Alfresco, Content Management, Documentum, ECM, FileNet, IBM, Open Text, SharePoint.
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(updated below)

The announcement that Open Text bought Informative Graphics came to me as bit of a surprise.  Not because it didn’t make sense but because it took so long for someone to pick them up.  Well it was a little odd that it was OpenText considering they purchased Spicer back in 2008.

Informative Graphics, Brava has been one of the hidden gems in the ECM partner ecosystem.  Brava gives the ECM community an option instead of Adobe PDF.  But more than that it also added the ability to measure distances within the viewer for CAD documents and advanced redaction capabilities, by streaming in redaction.  In addition to Open Text, Brava is integrated with Alfresco, Documentum, IBM FileNet, IBM Content Manager and Microsoft SharePoint.  But what does this mean next?

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The Need for Content Curation January 6, 2015

Posted by Lubor Ptacek in Content Management.
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I am really honored that Lee and Marko asked me to join them when they decided to grow this blog. Here is my first blog post for the Big Men On Content:

Most content libraries start great. You pick a repository, populate it with some initial content, include decent metadata, establish ways for people to add more content, set some expiration policies, and voilà – you have your sales library, your marketing assets library, or your library of product information.

The library is easy to use and navigate. It was built by a small group of people who had a clear, shared concept of how to organize it. The users can find what they need and everybody is happy. We have another content management success story under our belt! (more…)

Reflections on the History of BMOC January 2, 2015

Posted by Lee Dallas in Content Management.
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With the new year we are beginning a new phase in the history of Big Men On Content. Before we make the transition I’d like to reflect on the last seven years.

Marko Sillanpää and I joined Armedia the same day in 2007. Over the next few months we spent many hours arguing across the conference table, in IM, email, phone and graffiti on water towers about the future of technology and content management. During one of our more heated debates one of our co-workers suggested we shut up and put it online. In November, 2007 the joint blog was born. (more…)

End of a Seven Year Run? December 30, 2014

Posted by Marko Sillanpää in Content Management.
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A few months back BMOC passed its seven year mark.  It’s hard to think how much things have changed in those seven years and also how much it has not.  But one thing is for sure is that the last year and a half has been the hardest for BMOC.  It’s not hard to find topics to blog about.  It’s hard to find the time to blog.  We’ve always stated our opinions openly.  Many of you have shared that this is the reason why you take the time to read us.  So as I look back 17 articles we posted this year, of which only seven were mine, I feel I need to share why the drop. (more…)

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