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You Can't Create Digital Businesses Without E-Signatures

Two converging trends — the growth of the mobile workforce and digital business processes — are giving a big boost to the e-signature market.

That's the word from Michael Laurie, co-founder and VP of product strategy at Silanis, an electronic signature provider.

"Acceptance for e-signatures has been growing over the past years in terms of end user adoption," he said, noting that customer experience is a priority. If users don't like an e-signature solution, they won't use it, he said.

OpenText Takes Its Digital First Message to Paris #OTInnovate

OpenText has been beating the Digital First drum pretty loudly in North America. And this week it finally brought the message to France.

It didn't have any particular reason to beat the drum it in Paris, apart from it being a mighty fine city. It was just the latest stop on its Innovation Tour.

Maybe Hadoop Providers Can Protect Your Data After All

There’s one thing no one in the Hadoop community will argue about — namely, that the big data crunching technology’s enterprise features are growing quickly.

In fact, that may be one of the best things about the highly competitive market. Every vendor is continuously raising its game to win customers.

And in the Hadoop world, security is a hot issue. “Hadoop isn’t inherently secure,” said David Chaiken, CTO of Hadoop-as-a-Service (HaaS) provider Altiscale.

But that doesn’t mean that the Hadoop-based products or services that Enterprises pay for aren’t secure. On the contrary, that’s one of the reasons that the commercial vendors are in business. It’s what they add on to naked Apache Hadoop that creates differentiation.

Are You Ready to Tap the Power of Intelligent Business Clouds?

Just when companies are finally mastering the definition of hybrid clouds, Accenture claims there is a new paradigm on the horizon.

It predicts the next wave of hybrid clouds will be "Intelligent Business Clouds." And that's more than some vague marketing idea — or so it claims.

In a new report released by Accenture recently, it describes these new hybrid deployments as a way of working and combing multiple clouds and multiple vendors to offer highly adaptable applications to manage context-rich data as well and flexible IT infrastructure. 

We Need Fewer Information Managers and More Business People

I recently gave a keynote presentation at a records management conference in Salt Lake City on how records managers need to evolve to meet the demands of the changing landscape of corporate information management.

The talk covered a wide range of subjects: from techniques for getting buy in, to the differences between records management and information management, to information management's centrality to front office operations, and how “justifying your existence” is critical for information managers.

But the key theme was to stop being information managers and start being business people.

Lexmark Steps Up Its Play to Organize Your Office With Kofax Buy

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Lexmark wants to get deeper into the lucrative enterprise content management (ECM) space so, last night, it announced a merger with Kofax.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, Lexmark will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Kofax for $11 a share in cash for a total enterprise value of approximately $1 billion, net of cash acquired.

Once the deal is complete, Lexmark’s enterprise content and process management business will be worth approximately $700 million and a formidable force in the growing $10 billion content and process management software market.

Kofax, which provides content, analytics, mobile and process management systems, also automates things like mailrooms and invoices. It serves the financial, healthcare, government and insurance industries.

Apple Buys FoundationDB, Shuts Down Access to Code

We think it’s a done deal.

All signals suggest that Apple has bought flexible, fast database maker FoundationDB. TechCrunch first reported the news.

The company’s community site states:

“Thank you for your support of FoundationDB over the last five years. We’re grateful to have shared our vision of building the best database software and we strongly value your participation in this community. We have made the decision to evolve our company mission and, as of today, we will no longer offer downloads. If you have any technical questions, please email info@foundationdb.com.”

But pulling the code is exactly what very proprietary Apple would insist on. Regardless of how the FoundationDB community might react.

Microsoft Elbows Its Way Onto Android Devices

Microsoft has forged several new partnerships with tablet makers using the Android operating system, including Samsung and Dell.

Peggy Johnson, executive vice president for business development at Microsoft, said the deals extend Microsoft’s reach in the mobile world and extend its Mobile First, Cloud First strategy.

Users Wonder: Can Hadoop Protect Our Big Data?

Nearly nine out of 10 Hadoop users (89 percent) are uncertain whether native security tools provide enough protection for their big data projects.

The irony is almost the same percentage of users (86 percent) rate data security as a critical requirement for their Hadoop data lake or hub.

The survey was conducted by Protegrity at last month's Strata + Hadoop World Summit in San Jose, Calif.

Despite the giant question mark over Hadoop security, users are apparently willing to continue to deploy the technology.

Some 80 percent of respondents reported their organizations are using Hadoop in production environments. In addition, 80 percent estimate their organizations would be spending more on Hadoop-related projects this year.

Apache: What a Zoo

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"Someone told me it’s all happening at the zoo..."

If you're old enough to remember Simon and Garfunkel, you may appreciate that 48 years ago this month, their song “At the Zoo” entered the Billboard Top 10. For the rest of you -- the majority I'd expect -- you probably think of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). I'd suggest that for all of us, ASF has improved our lives.

Can a Plug and Play Data Lake Save the EMC Federation?

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Big data is new oil, the new gold, the new kale (wait … kale?). Honest to God, we’ve heard the latter one said.

Regardless of what analogy you use for the mass quantities of information your company stores or accesses, chances are good that it isn’t gleaning much insight from it yet.

And that’s not because CEO’s fail to see the value. In fact, a January survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit reveals that 48 percent of executives believe big data is a useful tool. And another 23 percent predict big data will revolutionize the way businesses are managed.

If this is the case, then why isn’t big data more broadly deployed?

Some claim companies don’t know how or where to get started — or think the time to value is too long.

The EMC Federation (EMC 2 + VMware + Pivotal + RSA + VCE) hopes to change that perception. Later this morning, it will unveil its EMC Federation Business Data Lake solution. Its promise is to enable organizations to realize the value of big data analytics in as little as one week as opposed to months.

Come Closer: Here's How You Can Win the #MarchMadness Pool

Loser.

If you turned in your March Madness brackets earlier this week, chances are that that’s how you feel.

Fear not, you’re not alone. ESPN says 99 percent of the brackets submitted to their website were damaged by yesterday’s results.

Who would have thought the University of Alabama Blazers would beat the third seeded Iowa State Cyclones? Many expected Iowa State to be in the final four.

Or what were chances of UCLA knocking off SMU? Ditto for the Georgia State — Baylor result.

A blindfolded monkey throwing darts at the brackets might have better success than I did. 😝😩😡 Just sayin... #Marchmadness

— Julie Goolsby (@crazymrsg) March 20, 2015

You might take some comfort in knowing that the number crunchers at Google and Microsoft probably didn’t fare any better.  Check out Bing’s picks and where it got it wrongDitto for Google.

Filling out ur brackets u think ur genius. End of 1st day u realize ur an imbecile #MarchMadness

— Billy Black Chip (@BillyBlackChip) March 20, 2015

Walking the Walk - Really - at #AIIM15

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Before his life as a technology marketer, Tim Osman was a high school athletics coach. He looks the part, from his shaved head down to the temporary cast he wore because of a torn calf muscle acquired in a basketball game.

Osman’s roundtable session at the AIIM Conference 2015 in San Diego this week stuck out from the agenda.

Who would show up to session at a technology conference that promised a dose of exercise? Even in San Diego — with its picture perfect weather — it didn’t seem like a popular choice.

But a robust group took on Osman’s challenge to lace up their sneakers, play hooky from the conference and take a sanctioned stroll along San Diego Bay to think creatively about addressing challenges in information management by first addressing a personal transformation.

You Want Top Customer Experiences? Get An E-Signature App

Digital processes, the argument goes, are the key to efficient organizations.

If that's the case, entire business processes need to be digitized — from ingestion to archiving. With the rise of cloud, mobile and digital technologies, this shouldn’t pose a problem. However, according to Russ Gould, senior director of Product Marketing at Kofax, organizations are lagging when it comes to e-signatures.

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