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The Information Professional – Software Diplomat May 25, 2016

Posted by Marko Sillanpää in AIIM, Career, CIP, Content Management, ECM.
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As people use more web and mobile applications in their personal lives, they’re expecting more out of technology in their professional lives. The role of the Information Professional has become even more important in these new buying cycles.  The Information Professional is to minimize the costs, both in time and money, to the rest of his or her organization as these new technologies are being reviewed.  It’s the Information Professional’s role to clarify all of the various dialects.  (more…)

Let’s Not Forget Archive Documents May 18, 2016

Posted by Marko Sillanpää in Content Management, ECM, Records Management.
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I’ve found myself playing around archives for a few projects.  Usually it is for my blog Finnish Not Done, which would not exist if it were not for archives of the migration of Finnish people in the Americas.  I recently used archives for a story about AIIM’s early history, which got me thinking.  When talking about Records Management I don’t ever recall a conversation about Archives.  Should we think about Archives as we talk about Records Management? (more…)

Is Enterprise Content Management Done? May 13, 2016

Posted by Marko Sillanpää in Documentum, Content Management, ECM.
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CMS Wire reported last week, “The way Rohit Ghai puts it, EMC Documentum is done … fully evolved, so to speak.  ‘No one is asking for more features or functions, he said.’”

I wanted to ask, if no one’s asking for more features or functions, are you asking the right questions?  I will absolutely agree that library services and workflow are done.  Once you hit simultaneous edits and configurable tasks, those features could be complete.  But there’s more to ECM than library services and workflow.  ECM vendors, let me ask you some questions? (more…)

It’s Not Just Customers that Buy the CLM Vision May 9, 2016

Posted by Marko Sillanpää in CLM, Content Management, ECM.
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As I dig deeper into Contract Life Cycle Management, I’m finding a lot of interesting tidbits.  I already said that I was surprised by how large the market is already.  My next big shock is that it’s not only customers that are buying CLM but the investment community as well. (more…)

Own Your ECM Career May 5, 2016

Posted by Marko Sillanpää in AIIM, aiim16, Career, Content Management, ECM.
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Did any of us choose enterprise content management (ECM) as our career path when we joined the workforce?  While there are degree programs in information studies, I think most of our paths were accidental.  While we may have accidentally entered ECM, the decision to stay has been our own choice.  Still we often don’t look at ECM as our career, but at “computers” as our career.  Yet I can hardly imagine a brain surgeon saying they were, “just a doctor.”  I know I don’t want to keep being asked if I can fix someone’s printer.  I think it’s time we own our career.

At the AIIM conference last week, Eric Qualman’s stated that everyone has a “Digital Stamp and Digital Legacy” which is a trail about them on the web based on what other and that they themselves have contributed.  If you don’t contribute to your own social media presence, then it is what others share about you that is all that’s known.  This goes to our professional lives as well.  If we don’t own our professional “digital stamp”, it is our employer that defines who we are rather than ourselves.   Here are some ways to own your ECM Career. (more…)

First Take – Leaping Across the Horizon May 3, 2016

Posted by Lee Dallas in Content Management.
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Yesterday at EMC World Rohit Ghai announced the official name for the much talked about project horizon. I’ve had many tongue in cheek conversations about Horizon as a name. The problem with it was that you can never actually get there. By definition the horizon is beyond reach. With this launch ECD leaps to the destination. (pun intended)  This is more than changing backgrounds and logos. This event represents a transition. Moving from one phase to the next in an effort to bring transformational enterprise content management to the market place. (more…)

Records Management Programs Need a Diet May 2, 2016

Posted by Marko Sillanpää in Content Management, ECM, Records Management.
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Last week at the AIIM Conference, I noticed that lots of companies are looking for the quick win on records management.  There’s no such thing.  Users need to realize records management is like a diet.  At my annual physical my doctor keeps telling me to eat right and exercise.  I do neither, so can I complain to the doctor about being overweight?  Records management programs need a solid file plan defined (or retention schedule) and then content needs to be indexed.  If you do neither, can you be surprised that your documents are out of control?   But wait, there’s more. (more…)

What I Got Out of AIIM 2016 April 29, 2016

Posted by Marko Sillanpää in AIIM, aiim16, Content Management.
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I attended my first AIIM conference in over 13 years.  Rarely have I felt so energized to be in this industry.  I heard some interesting things, learned my favorite quote and came up with some interesting thoughts.  The best part of AIIM was that I added some great new people, and great minds, to my professional network.    Here’s the outline from which I will be working for the next few months. (more…)

Contract Life Cycle Management with Information Governance April 25, 2016

Posted by Marko Sillanpää in CLM, Content Management, ECM.
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Out-of-the-box CLM solutions often meet corporate counsel’s needs more efficiently than building a custom CLM solution on an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) platform.   What ECM platforms offer that the CLM vendors miss is Information Governance.  Information Governance is an accountability framework to ensure proper handling of both documents and information within an organization to meet corporate and regulatory needs.  One would imagine that this would be of particular interest to corporate counsel.  Let’s follow the CLM life cycle with Information Governance in mind. (more…)

Let’s Talk Lexmark April 22, 2016

Posted by Lee Dallas in Acquisitions, ECM.
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I have to apologize that I have not been contributing to this blog recently. To be honest, besides the fact that I have been insanely busy actually selling, most recently I have been avoiding it because of the many acquisitions, rumors and bears (oh my) and I do not want to run afoul of the powers that be. I just can’t stand it anymore. It has been years since there has been this much to talk about in the ECM market and sitting on the opinion sideline is no longer an option. – Let’s Talk Lexmark  (more…)

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