When not trading barbs in Canadian and British slang on Twitter, Jed Cawthorne is busy evangelizing the truth about information management, enterprise content management and intranets to unbelievers. It's time you got to know Jed a little bit better, don't you think?

An Interview with Jed Cawthorne 

CMSWire: What first brought you to the information management industry?


Jed Cawthorne: A space program! I was a general IT manager running a front line support team when I got involved in the Beagle 2 mars lander project as the "Science Data Archiving Manager" -- when the space craft crashed and I didn't have any data to archive, I took my new found interest in weird concepts like "metadata" and turned my attention to Enterprise Content Management.

CMSWire: What project are you working on now that you'd like the readers to know about? 

Jed: I am working with our technology partners on moving our intranets to a new technology platform. I am working on requirements and helping them design the architecture for a highly scalable, robust and reliable enterprise intranet technology platform -- which honestly is more fun than it sounds!

CMSWire: What excites you most about your field today?

Jed: The breadth and depth of it. As plain old intranets evolve into social intranets and broader "digital workplaces," there is lots of new stuff to get involved in, and yet there remains the interesting perennial problems, such as search, devolved content management, governance, etc.

CMSWire: Was there ever an "aha" moment in your career and if so, what was it? 

Jed: A couple of them I guess. My first ever conversation with Martin White on enterprise search was definitely one, although he continues to educate me to this day. Reading Bob Boiko's "Laughing at the CIO" and understanding that I and the T in Information Technology need to be separated. Otherwise, I have little "aha" moments every time I attend an AIIM conference, vendor conference, networking group or a workshop where I am enlightened and educated by my colleagues!

CMSWire: What would your one or two biggest wishes for the industry be for 2013?

Jed: For all concerned organizations and stakeholders to agree on a very secure and robust identity management solution that can be used with all cloud services, and could be used in a federated manner, perhaps even replacing or supplanting enterprise directory services such as MS AD. Then we could really leverage the potential of the cloud. Also, (and this is kind of industry specific for me working in financial services) all cloud offerings to include highly performant "encryption at rest" solutions built in!

CMSWire: Is there anything else our readers should know about you? 

Current area of personal interest and research is building a cloud based intranet, including the document/site publishing aspects as well as the well provisioned collaboration and social elements -- and how we include cloud services in federated search environments.

Speed Round: 6 Things you should know about Jed

1. Right now I am reading

"The Dragon and the Unicorn" by A.A. Attanasio, published in '96 but just lent to me by a friend, a good take on Arthurian legend.

2. Quote to live by

I am not religious, but "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" seems like a good one.

3. The best word ever said


4. When not working

I am fencing -- classical fencing with a 16th century Rapier, or taking Archery classes with my son or helping him make movies.

5. Word that should be struck from the dictionary

Awesome (I am British and this word gets way over used in North America!)

6. Best song ever sung

Oh, difficult question, so many to pick from. "Promised you a Miracle" by Simple Minds