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Gartner ECM MQ's Challengers, Niche Players and Visionaries

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What’s the difference between a Gartner Magic Quadrant (MQ) Leader and Challenger? A Challenger and a Niche Player? A Leader and a Visionary?

These may sound like trick questions or something for which you have to do homework.  But relax … Gartner did the research and we’ve got the answers. So if you’re interested in how enterprise content management (ECM) vendors rate in this year’s MQ, and what that might mean, read on.

Is it the Market or is it Box? More IPO Woes

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Everyone from Bloomberg to the Wall Street Journal to TechCrunch is reporting that Box has delayed its initial public offering (IPO), yet again. Most cite market volatility as the reason.

It’s the same rationale the company has (reportedly) used in the past, though we don’t know for sure because at this stage of the game Box isn’t offering much more than boilerplate answers like, “Our plan continues to go public when it makes the most sense for Box and the market. As always, investing in our customers, technology and future growth remains our top priority.”

Rackspace CEO: We Screwed Up During Cloud Reboot

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Rackspace's CEO didn't mince words in an email to customers yesterday. He admitted the company made communication mistakes as it worked this week to patch a security vulnerability affecting certain versions of XenServer, a popular open-source hypervisor.

Taylor Rhodes, CEO and president of the San Antonio, Texas-based public and private cloud hosting provider, said the problem ultimately forced a reboot for about a quarter of Rackspace's 200,000 customers.

"In the course of it, we dropped a few balls," Rhodes said. "Some of our reboots, for example, took much longer than they should. And some of our notifications were not as clear as they should have been. We are making changes to address those mistakes. And we welcome your feedback on how we can better serve you." 

Gartner MQ for ECM: Why the Leaders Stand Out

It’s not unusual for an analyst to describe Enterprise Content Management as a mature technology. Or even to go so far as to call it “boring,” as analyst Alan Pelz-Sharpe did a few years ago when he was employed by the Real Story Group.

And he meant it in a good way. For many years ECM systems were huge headaches that seldom delivered as promised and now, for the most part, they do. The basic requirements, as you’ll see as you read on, are practically a given.

But as new technologies emerge and the way people work changes, so must the solutions that ECM vendors deliver. While Social was brought into the mix a few years ago, the direction now is toward “content in context” which means that user experiences will be personalized according to individual needs. Gartner said that by 2017 as much half of all business content will be nontextual, which will necessitate that analytics be part of content management.

In addition Gartner sees the requirements of an ECM solution evolving from “the right information, to the right person, in the right format, at the right time, on the right devices" to include the context of a particular business process.

It’s worth noting too that the ECM market grew 8.6 percent in 2013 meaning that it is continuing to bring new value and win interest from new customers.

Forget 9! Microsoft Goes With Version 10 for Windows

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Maybe it was the fear of the single digits. Maybe nine just had a bad vibe.

Where everyone -- including us -- predicted the release of Windows 9 today in a press briefing by Microsoft, the Redmond, Wash. giant pulled a fast one and skipped up a version to Windows 10.

Of course, there's little shock in the announcement because it is, in fact, an announcement regarding Windows. Speculation pretty much included nothing by Windows talk. Although we did ponder the idea of an Office update.

But Microsoft even told us last week, "On September 30, we will be providing an update on what’s next for Windows and the enterprise.”

Oops! Is Rackspace Rethinking its 99.99% Uptime Boast?

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Eleven hours and counting. 

It's been a long haul of public-cloud downtime for David Björkevik and his team at Schemagi, a Linköping, Sweden-based company that makes schedules for nurses and other healthcare personnel using advanced optimization techniques.

Schemagi is one of the Rackspace public cloud customers experiencing downtime because of a maintenance reboot scheduled by the San Antonio, Texas-based managed hosting provider that offers public and private cloud hosting services.

Rackspace posted an "urgent notice" early Saturday morning ET on its website notifying customers of cloud server reboots in light of a potential problem with its public cloud environment.

The news comes around the same time the company 99.99 percent OpenStack API uptime guarantee for its new release of its private cloud software on its cloud computing open source OpenStack creation. 

Is Box Too Distracted to Care About Deal with Oracle?

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You’d think that Aaron Levie would find it significant that Oracle has announced the integration of its Marketing Cloud with Box. But we haven’t heard a peep about it from Levie or anyone else at his Los Altos, Calif.-based Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) start-up.

Box didn’t put out a press release about the “expanded” relationship, which it did in the past with other big deals like Samsung and AT&T.

Box responded to our request for comment late today by stressing how excited everyone was about the deal, despite the notable lack of publicity about it.

The company’s communications team added that Niall Wall, senior vice president of business development at Box, had included a supporting quote in Oracle’s press release — which noted that he, too, was "excited to extend our partnership with Oracle.”

Just How Badly Does Microsoft Want Your OneDrive Biz?

While you were out last Friday night -- having drinks, watching your local high school team play football under the lights, dancing or enjoying a quiet dinner with that special someone -- Douglas Pearce was in his office at Microsoft penning a blog post.

Even the he knew the timing was weird.

“While it might seem strange to announce new features on a Friday evening,” Pearce, the group program manager for OneDrive, wrote in the company’s blog, “we’ve been listening to the commentary about storage on the new iPhones released today and we wanted to get you more storage right away.”

Rackspace Guarantees 99.99% Uptime on Private Cloud

Rackspace is so confident with the new release of its private cloud software on its cloud computing open source OpenStack creation, it's guaranteeing success for enterprise workload production.

The San Antonio, Texas-based managed hosting provider debuted its private cloud in the summer of 2013, and now beefed up its offering with a 99.99 percent OpenStack API uptime guarantee, increased scalability to hundreds of nodes and DevOps automation services for application lifecycle management.

"Arguably the most exciting thing about this is we're backing it with an industry-leading OpenStack API uptime at 99.99 percent," Christian Foster, Rackspace Private Cloud director of marketing, told CMSWire. "OpenStack is four years old and is maturing with the technology. The market is looking for a provider to stand behind its product in a big way, and that's what we're doing here. If we don't meet this uptime monthly, our customers will be receiving credit from us missing that number."

Alfresco Aims Higher as it Launches v5 #AlfrescoSummit

When you say open source and enterprise content management in the same breath, most practitioners probably think of small and medium businesses rather than global enterprises. With today's launch of version 5 of its core ECM product, it appears Alfresco is out to change that.

Or maybe it's better to say it's already started. The open source vendor is cashing in, quite literally, with the growing complexity, rising costs and cloud-centricity of some of the biggest players in the field, notably Microsoft's SharePoint, which has frustrated many of its users with its seemingly unrelenting push to the cloud

The Key to Security is Subtlety

2014-23-September-Megaphone.jpgPeople are similar when you dig deep: they want to get thing done and move on to the next thing. Even procrastinators get great work done when faced with having to get an even larger task accomplished.

Most people also share a degree of stubbornness. People are happy to do things your way if they see the benefit, but anything that's perceived as getting in the way is quickly worked around. When you try and force something, they will dig in their feet on sheer principle. It's amazing how hard people will work around things that they view as unnecessary change.

For organizations rolling out new systems, this is a problem.

Changes Ahead for EMC's Documentum, Syncplicity, AirWatch?

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that EMC is weighing its options for a merger or the possibility of being acquired. Though seemingly serious conversations about an HP/EMC merger have fallen apart, according to the New York Times, some industry-watchers suspect they could be revived.

EMC is also reportedly talking with Dell which might be interested in buying pieces of the storage giant. Analysts have told Market Watch that Cisco or Oracle may be potential suitors as well.

Why HP Pulled Autonomy and Vertica into a Big Data Union

2014-22-September-Drum-Duo.jpgHP ended months of speculation on its plans for the Autonomy acquisition in August with the announcement of its Big Data business group, which brought Vertica and Autonomy together on the same platform. 

Badly stung by the Autonomy acquisition, it had taken HP some time to stick its head up over the parapet again. But by pulling together Vertica and Autonomy, it did just that, and a lot more besides.

The Future of Enterprise File Sync and Share is Integration

2014-19-September-Pinky-Promise.jpgWhen I was at Microsoft in the late ‘90s, we had file servers -- machines dedicated to storing and sharing huge numbers of files. If you needed to access a recent presentation or wanted to share a product spec with another employee, there was a centralized repository in which you could find important documents.

Then came file sharing. Regardless of novel approaches, file sharing had a common problem with file servers: it put the responsibility on people to choose how to share and where to publish information.

Are You a Top 20 Document Management Vendor? [Infographic]

2014-17-September-Ruffled-Feathers.jpgAny top ______ list is sure to ruffle a few feathers, and this one is no different. Capterra, an online software review service, published a list of what it identifies as the top 20 document management software solutions.

While many of the names will be familiar to those working in the document management space, a few notable absences are sure to cause debate.

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