IBM  Launches Enterprise Content Management Blog and Community IBM (news, site) has taken another step into the future with the launch of its North American Enterprise Content Management Systems Community.

Although only in its infancy, blog authors and community creators Ian Story and Ranjun Chauhan describe it as a community that will serve as a collaboration point for all users of the IBM ECM suite of products.

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The IBM ECM Community is open to all participants including end users of systems, project managers, technology administrators, third-party solution providers, integrators, as well as developers. The registration door is open and people are already filling out their profiles.

What's the purpose of the community? According to the community site, it's to:

  • Share useful information and best practices
  • Identify opportunities to leverage technologies or processes across customers / lines of business
  • Discover novel and innovative practices and techniques
  • Expose issues and limitations concerning IBM Enterprise content management products and third-party solutions
  • Provide feedback to IBM and IBM Partners
  • Leverage the community's collective power to influence IBM and third-party product development
  • Provide support to its membership to accelerate mutual success

As it stands all the structures are now in place with areas to share bookmarks, forums to post questions and have discussions, a place to set up profiles or join as a member and connect with others. And of course there are RSS feeds.

Why a Community Now?

In his inaugural blog post, Ian Story says it will be an open forum aimed at fostering the development and use of solutions with IBM ECM products.

Story, who describes himself as an IBM customer, advocate and user group president, says that the community was partially set up because /FileNet mailing lists, if they haven’t actually died out completely, are now practically impossible to find.

“One of the things that I've always heard from my peers, at user group meetings is that we need to have a forum where the community can work together - whether it's to ask questions of each other, share best practices, influence product direction, or just generally network and get to know each other,” he says.

He adds that people have gravitated toward other grass roots communities to do this, whether filesite.org, or IT Toolbox, as there hasn't been a place to have these types of discussions at IBM. Both of those sites, by the way, are bookmarked in the new community.

With the upcoming Pacific Northwest UserNet meeting fast approaching on April 2, the authors, in an attempt to start the first forum discussion are looking for potential participants to post what they want to see at the event or what they'd like to get out of it.

The community is an attempt to remedy this and Story hopes it will provide a place where people can work together, share best practices, influence product direction, or just generally network and get to know each other.

“I would love for my next blog post to be about all the great threads we've got going and casting light on some questions people have asked that are impossible to answer (we'll then get some IBM folks on here to answer them if need be!),” adds Story.