CMSWires Top 10 Hits of 2014 Information Management

The problem about information management is that, in reality, there is little management around most enterprise’s information. New technologies enter the market, old ones are upgraded and the mass of information that is contained in enterprise silos just keeps getting bigger.

Leaving aside the big data space in 2014, which we look at elsewhere, there were a number of initiatives over the year that caught the attention of a lot of people, even if the information management space is just as chaotic as it was at the beginning of the year.

A Sample of Popular Posts

To be clear about this, one of the topics that falls into the information management basket is document management — and we all know how mismanaged most enterprise documents are – cloud computing, productivity suites, business analytics, governance, risk and security among others.

For 2015, interest in these issues will likely remain high.

1) Topping the list of most popular posts this year was my own on Microsoft Office entitled Do You Really Need Microsoft Office?, which questioned whether enterprise workers really needed the full Microsoft Office suite. Tweet to David Roe.

Two things are made clear in the new benchmark report from SoftWatch: 1. Business users spend a lot less time using their Office applications than might be thought. 2. If an organization did an in-depth analysis of Office usage across the enterprise, they might well find that dumping Office and moving to another, cheaper productivity suite could save them an awful lot of money.

2) EMC was also a popular choice this year after Virginia Backaitis posed the question in her post Will EMC Dump Documentum? as to whether or not the company was ready to get rid of Documentum. Tweet to Virginia Backaitis.

Alan Pelz-Sharpe thinks it's time for EMC to get rid of Documentum. The 451 Research Director has published a well-sourced six page paper making his case, and it’s a good one — namely, that EMC and EMC IIG (the group that owns Documentum) make neither beautiful music nor buckets of cash working together.

3) Also this year, Gartner’s Magic Quadrant’s and how they are constructed was under the spotlight as Dom Nicastro explained in Vendor Sues Gartner Over Magic Quadrant 'Pay to Play' Model. Tweet to Dom Nicastro.

A computer performance management provider seeks monetary damages in a lawsuit filed this week against Gartner Inc. after the IT research giant named the vendor a "challenger" and not a "leader" in one of its Magic Quadrant industry reports. NetScout Systems, based in Westford, Mass., filed the lawsuit in Connecticut Superior Court Tuesday under the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act for "corporate defamation arising out of Gartner’s information technology research business practices."

4) CMSWire’s Tom Murphy looked at the speed of App development in Forrester: Move Faster on App Development and found that most enterprises are looking for agile apps. Tweet to Tom Murphy.

Developing great apps takes time, but in the age of the customer that time is measured in days and weeks — not months.Customers simply aren't going to wait for their smartphones to grow outdated while the IT staff designs, hand-codes, and tests and finally releases a new app.

5) Ajith Samuel took a look at how e-discovery is developing in E-Discovery Trends for 2014. Tweet to Ajith Samuel.

E-discovery matured in the past year, as concepts and themes like predictive coding and early case assessment (ECA) took on more actionable, serious tones Increasingly, e-discovery demands involve other electronic information disciplines, like records management, cyber security and corporate compliance.

6) Risk management is becoming increasingly important. In 5 Questions Boards Should Ask About Risk Management, Norman Marks explores some of the issues CIOs should be looking at. Tweet to Norman Marks.

Risk management exists in a dynamic world and should have the agility required to address the changing demands of business. The insightful article "Five Questions Directors Should be Asking in 2014" gets to the point quickly and its few questions serve as a good guidepost.

7) In FBI Warns: Check Your Windows PC for a RAT, CMSWire’s Editor-in-Chief Noreen Seebacher looked at the growing problem of malicious code and security problems. Tweet to Noreen Seebacher.

The latest warning from the FBI bears a strange resemblance to a trailer for a poltergeist experience. Does your mouse cursor move erratically with no input from you? Does your web camera light unexpectedly turn on? Does your monitor turn off — for no apparent reason? In reality, the warning is about Blackshades, a remote access tool malware that affects Microsoft Windows based operating systems.

8) Gartner’s Magic Quadrants were also in the spotlight in a post by DocuLabs’ Richard MedinaHow to Interpret the Gartner ECM Magic Quadrant. He has a number of pointers here to interpreting the MQ for ECM. Tweet to Richard Medina.

Among the many tools organizations use to evaluate enterprise content management (ECM) solutions lies Gartner's research, specifically its Magic Quadrant (MQ), which scores ECM solutions and solution providers in specified categories. But before you turn to the MQ when seeking your next ECM solution, take the following factors into consideration.

9) In Building a Hybrid Bridge to the Microsoft Cloud Bill Ryan looked at the ongoing development of Microsoft’s cloud strategy. Tweet to Bill Ryan.

When Satya Nadella announced Microsoft’s new Mobile-First, Cloud-First strategy, he drew a line in the sand with Microsoft employees and set the company on a new course. When Microsoft COO, Kevin Turner reiterated the message at the World Wide Partner Conference in July, he sent partners scrambling to get cloud certified, saying “Selling on-premises software was good for you and us for a long time but the future lies in the cloud and mobility, and Microsoft plans to go in that direction with our partner community intact.”

10) Finally, Joanna Schloss looked at why the surge in interest in business intelligence in Why BI's Late Movers are Big Data's Early Adopters. Tweet to Joanna Schloss.

The explosion in popularity of new business intelligence platforms and data warehouse technologies throughout the 1990s was well documented. But while companies in a broad range of industries including financial services, high-tech and retail were quick to embrace the newfound ability to analyze past business performance, most universities, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies remained quietly on the sidelines.