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... Continue Reading →
Records Management Programs Need a Diet
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... Continue Reading →
Building a Custom Contract Life Cycle Management Solution on ECM
I’ve been researching the Contract Life Cycle Management (CLM) ecosystem which has started to overlap the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) ecosystem. In yesterday’s post, I grouped the CLM vendors into three categories based on the level of their out of the box functionality. But I really can’t give a perspective on CLM without addressing a... Continue Reading →
CLM Vendors in your mirror are closer than they appear
Contract Life Cycle Management (CLM) is one of the ecosystems where the lines between what that business solution solves and Enterprise Content Management (ECM) can solve are blurring. I spent the last few months researching the CLM industry from the view of ECM. What I’ve learned is that an entire CLM ecosystem has evolved independent... Continue Reading →
Contract Management is a Convoluted Landscape
Over the past few months I’ve been talking about how Enterprise Content Management is a platform and that the ECM landscape is changing. I’ve been noticing this trend where “new” to me vendors have been popping up on my radar. At first glance, I labeled each one as a niche vendor. As new names came... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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. ... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
Could ECM Have Prevented the Sony Hack?
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... Continue Reading →
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