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Northwoods puts Text Analytics to a Good Use

April 26, 2017

Yesterday, Northwoods announced availability of Traverse, a text analytics solution for child welfare social workers.  The solution is designed to allow case workers to focus more on a child’s needs rather than needlessly reviewing case documents.  Traverse sifts through a case’s thousands of documents to give case workers quick insights into the people and key… Read More ›

To the ECM Industry, “We are not alone!”

The Enterprise Content Management (ECM) industry is quickly coming to a junction.  One I believe is as big as in 2000 when Electronic Document Management (EDMS), Web Content Management (WCM), and Digital Asset Management Vendors (DAM) came together to form Enterprise Content Management (ECM).  While ECM vendors have been pushing the strength of a single… Read More ›

Paper Still Rules Content in the Back Office

CIO Magazine pointed out that paper still rules the enterprise.  It added some validity to what I had been seeing in the last few years.  Having started with Documentum, we showcased solving “BIG” problems.  Reducing time to market for new drugs and managing complex aircraft manuals.  Back then, I rarely talked with the back office:… Read More ›

Hyland OnBase with Lexmark Perceptive Software? Say What?

4/25/17 – Update – Seems new rumors are back that Hyland may be buying the Lexmark software assets that include Perceptive and Kofax.  The rumor indicates that the purchase price will be about $1.5B.  In comparison OpenText acquired EMC’s ECD assets which included Documentum for $1.62B.  4/30/17 – Update – New article with my thoughts on Kofax and… Read More ›

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 ›

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 ›

Digital Archiving and Hemingway’s Hamburger Recipe

Being in this space for too many years to count, I’ve often been pleased to see that there are altruistic ECM projects going on.  Something as Lee would put it, “wasn’t putting toilet seats on the internet.”  I really enjoy the work I can do with non-profits and it just puts an extra pep-in-your-step when… 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 ›

Trends in the Magic Quadrant

If you are looking for a guide to the “who’s who” of Enterprise Content Management, the Gartner Magic Quadrant is it. The vendors are measured on Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute. Each vendor is plotted within a quadrant and categorized as either a; Niche Players, Visionaries, Challenger, or the coveted Leaders position. Recently… Read More ›