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Xerox to Spinoff Business Process Outsourcing

After acquiring ACS back in 2010 for $6.5 billon, Xerox is changing directions and splitting off its business process outsourcing division.  It’s obvious that DocuShare will stay with Xerox.  The platform continues to hold a good position in the market.  The true outsourced scanning operations will become part of the new organization.  But what will… Read More ›

Are Documentum’s Days Numbered?

When Dell announced its intent to acquire EMC  I felt it was a sign of the end for Documentum.  Documentum’s fit was never really understood inside EMC.  It was even hard to keep up with the name changes.  Last year it was called the Enterprise Content Management Division, the most obvious one in a decade. … Read More ›

Proof Finding ECM Platforms is Difficult

I think most of the time, we in the industry take for granted that “everyone” knows what ECM (Enterprise Content Management) is.  If you have a document management problem, you suddenly miraculously figure out that what you really have is an ECM problem.  You then immediately discover the Gartner Magic Quadrant and you are ready… Read More ›

Enterprise Content Management is too Vague

Almost a year ago, I posted an article about the challenge of keeping up with all of the various competitors in the Enterprise Content Management landscape.   Having been in the ECM industry for 18 years, people expect you to know “every” vendor.  The problem is you can easily discover a dozen new vendors with a… Read More ›

ISV – A Canary in the Coal Mine of Enterprise Software

Recent acquisitions such as the OpenText/ICG deal and my role working with channel partners has led me to think a great deal about independent software vendors and their relationship to the enterprise products they surround. I have come the conclusion that in many respects the health of the ISV ecosystem can be a strong indicator… Read More ›

Informative Graphics is acquired by Open Text

(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,… Read More ›

EMC World 2014

Began my week at EMC World 2014 and Momentum today. Even before the sessions I had a great conversation over breakfast with a colleague from another division about new things our respective technologies could do together. That is my favorite part of this conference. Free flow of ideas with wicked smart people. First thoughts on the… Read More ›

Tom Rouse on “ECM and Cold Pizza In the Fridge”

It’s crazy how busy we get sometimes, so it’s fun to be able to catch up with people that you haven’t spoken with for a while.  When I heard from Tom Rouse, I took the time to catch up.  I’ve known Tom for over 15 years.  We were both consultants at Documentum at the time…. Read More ›

Why We Have an (Enterprise) Content Management Problem

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”… Read More ›

EMC Public SaaS Solutions

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… Read More ›