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EMC's Vision May Not Be Documentum #EMCWorld

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When EMC's Enterprise Content Division President Rohit Ghai takes the stage at EMC World later today, don’t expect to hear much about Documentum.

Instead Ghai is likely to spend most of his time on stage talking about Project Horizon — it’s a code name for EMC’s next Enterprise Content Management (ECM) platform. And though no one yet knows exactly how Project Horizon will eventually be branded, we do know this: very little, if any, of it resembles Documentum— the ECM solution that has lived in Gartner’s ECM Leader’s Quadrant for as long as we can remember.

Current Documentum users need not worry. Documentum isn’t going away any time soon. It’s just not where the future is. After all, Documentum was founded 25 years ago, before the world was cloudy, mobile and social. Before big data and analytics became consumerized. And before companies began to recognize the advantages of leveraging open source.

Documentum's Digital Journey Has Begun

You don’t have to tell Rohit Ghai that we’re living in an increasingly mobile-first, cloud-first world. Mention the notion to the chief of EMC’s Enterprise Content Division (ECD) and you get the idea that he might be building his new headquarters there.

But we won’t know for sure until Ghai gives keynote at EMC World on Monday (or you read CMSWire hours before his presentation even begins.)

Terms like digital workplace, digital value chain and digital mindset pepper Ghai’s speech when he talks. But what he seems most excited about is the role that content takes in each of the aforementioned. “Content is a force factor in the digital world, it has a critical role to play,” he said.

You're Crazy to Move to Office 365 - Without Thinking

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Joe Shepley has called Office 365 a disaster waiting to happen. His logic is that Microsoft and its partners are encouraging firms to migrate their networks to Office 365 without organizing, classifying, purging or adding any information governance.

Shepley contends this puts organizations at greater risk from a compliance standpoint.

Any experienced practitioner in the enterprise content management (ECM) space will tell you that a straight move into any system is a huge mistake. But contrary to what Shepley maintains, it's not a disaster.

Is File Sync & Share ECM's Farm Team?

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The growth of cloud file sync and share (FSS) solutions is one of the success stories of the cloud industry. As consumer adoption of these tools races ahead, many businesses are wondering whether enterprise versions of these tools can deliver a cheap and easy alternative to enterprise content management (ECM) solutions.

Search Is Getting Interesting Again

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The thing about generalizations is that you can always find an exception.

Earlier this year I wrote an article, ”Search Isn’t Dead: It’s Gone Incognito.” In it, I argued that search has become so embedded in applications and such a part of everyday life that we no longer think of it on its own. It lives on in content management systems, databases and app repositories.

There are at least three or four exceptions to this premise. And it’s the exceptions that are the most interesting.

Todd Klindt: I'm Not Smart Enough for PowerShell

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Jeff Hicks is a PowerShell MVP, all-around smart guy — and he’s apparently doing community service for something, because he agreed to share his expertise with us.

As he told us, "I had nothing else to do tonight, so I figured I might as well do this. I was literally just going to sit in the corner and stare at the wall until this came up."

Those of you who watch my show know I’m a huge fan of PowerShell. Got a big old crush.

I used to do the PowerShell tip of the week until I ran out of things that I knew about PowerShell. Which means there were only like three weeks of PowerShell tips.

It was very short-lived. But you know, Jeff Hicks and I still travel in the same circles, speak at the same conferences. Our paths have crossed. We’ve chatted about PowerShell. So I wanted to bring him on and just kind of get some honest to goodness PowerShell talent in here to talk about some stuff.

When It's Time to Purge Your Content

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Organizations know they need to reduce storage consumption by purging data. And a new generation of analytics and classification technologies have been riding this wave of concern about unchecked storage growth.

This isn't a case of a made up problem created by software marketers and talking heads: every client I've spoken with in the past three years has cited the exponential growth of storage as a major concern for IT leadership.

But like the public response to climate change, ubiquitous concern for data growth has not led to meaningful action. Why?

In Pursuit of Search Clarity

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One of the rarely mentioned benefits of writing a book is finding out how little you know.

After writing almost 100,000 words for the second edition of Enterprise Search for O’Reilly Media and looking at the comments a small group of search experts made on the draft, I learned that some sections were difficult to read and some basic facts were wrong or badly scrambled. This edition will be twice the size of the first edition, which was published in 2012.

The main reason for this increase was to respond to requests for various topics from people who wanted as comprehensive a book as possible. Handling these requests has taken me into areas which -- until now -- had been at the edges of my domain knowledge. I hope that this is not too visible when the book emerges in a few months’ time.

DataStax + HP Moonshot Show Off at SpringCM

It’s a good time to be a NoSQL database vendor. You don’t have to tell Matt Pfeil that. As the co-founder of DataStax, which brings Apache Cassandra to the enterprise, he’s living the story.

What started as an eight-person team in a rented office in San Mateo, Calif. in early 2011, DataStax now serves 500 customers in more than 55 countries and makes its home in a 36,000 square foot space.

And that’s not all. Pfeil and his co-founder Jonathan Ellis have raised $189.7 million in venture capital to grow their company. It’s now valued at more than $830 million.

But that’s not what the DataStax team was supercharged about when we spoke last week. Instead Pfeil had his company’s partnership with HP Moonshot on his mind. It was announced earlier today.

“In the past DataStax Enterprise hasn’t always worked well with smaller servers,” said Pfeil. “HP Moonshot changes that.”

Is Adobe Building A Productivity Cloud?

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It’s been a busy week in the document management space. Adobe let loose its Document Cloud, Accusoft and EMC teamed up on a release, and Microsoft shared some new releases and promises of things to come.

Does Lexmark Have What it Takes to Be an 800 Pound Gorilla?

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Where does an 800 pound gorilla sit?

Anywhere it wants.

And in the case of Lexmark, it wants to sit in the enterprise software space.

Brian Anderson, Chief Technology Officer for enterprise software at Lexmark, told CMSWire that the combination of Lexmark's hardware business, plus the enterprise content management capabilities gained through its 2010 Perceptive buy, plus the business process management spoils from its recent Kofax acquisition will turn Lexmark into an 800 pound gorilla.

Can the Cloud Handle Failover from SharePoint and CMS?

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A new service that leverages Microsoft’s Azure cloud for large-scale extended storage could enable more, and perhaps smaller, businesses to host their own applications in a hybrid cloud configuration.

SIOS Technology’s DataKeeper Cluster Edition is a service that could compel CIOs to think differently about “the cloud” than just that place where all the Dropbox files hang out together.

Most discussions of cloud storage in the pages of CMSWire are about file repositories, file sharing and document-based collaboration. For some CIOs, “the cloud” is the general name for Dropbox or Google Drive or whatever space all those various shared documents cohabitate.

A 3 Point Plan to Preserve Institutional Expertise

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Social learning ranks high today among the priorities of learning and development professionals in businesses large and small. It’s easy to see why -- studies have found that informal knowledge sharing among colleagues is responsible for 70 to 80 percent of the information employees learn on the job.

But how does the increasingly popular trend of social learning differ from the more established practice of knowledge management?

At their core, these activities are two sides of the same coin: both are concerned with information sharing among employees to drive greater productivity, collaboration and the preservation of institutional knowledge. It’s the way in which these two practices accomplish their goals that sets them apart.

OpenText Advances Its Blue Carbon Strategy

OpenText's just released Service Pack 1 (SP1) is a stepping-stone to its upcoming Blue Carbon strategy, which features applications and analytics centered on cloud services.

Muhi Majzoub, senior VP of Engineering, said SP1 pulls together the remaining strands of OpenText’s Red Oxygen strategy and sets the stage for Blue Carbon, which goes into beta in December and will be generally available next March.

Who Is Your Weakest Link? The Risks of Cloud Partners

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Think your organization is safe if it minds its own security?

Think again.

You’ve also got to worry about security at all those companies you associate with, from suppliers and consulting firms to PR agencies, systems integrators, event planners and even heating and cooling vendors.

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