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Tag: Open Text

A Busy Year for ECM Investments

This was posted less than one hour before Open Text announced it would buy Documentum (a.k.a. EMC-ECD).  My assessment of the acquisition is here. You have to look closely but there’s really a lot going on in the financial world around Enterprise Content Management.  There is more out there than what will happen with Documentum. … Read More ›

For ECM Solutions it’s Configuration versus Customization

For years I’ve been in discussions where the conversation bounced between “build” versus “buy: decisions for a ECM (Enterprise Content Management).  Before 2000, managing any large collection of documents, either to a specific business case or all documents, meant building your own document management system or buying an existing document management system.  Over the years,… 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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

Will VACS be the End for ECM Platforms?

If we look back, ECM is a young space.  It started back in 1998 at Documentum when they were the first vendor to look at both documents and web content together formally.  Until then companies had either been documents (Documentum, FileNet, and OpenText) or web (Interwoven, Vignette, etc.).  This transition was huge and really affected… Read More ›

Burntsand the Latest Acquisition by Open Text

Yesterday Open Text announced that it was acquiring Burntsand for $11M CAD.  Considering Burntsand has reported a profit only once in the past nine years (in 2007), this is another “interesting play” for Open Text.  But does it really mean anything. 

Content Management, “Over the Next Hill”

Recently I had saw a strange slide put up on the wall.  It simply said “Over the Hill”.  It’s intent was not to look out a year or two into the future but to look ten years out.  I thought hey what a great idea.  Then I had a flash back to one of those… Read More ›