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 George Dearing

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Alfresco's Social Computing Slant Shows ECM's Evolution

5/7/2008
I had an interesting discussion with John Newton, the co-founder of Alfresco, recently. I'm a little star-struck by this guy. It's hard to get much higher on the food chain when you look at Newton's credentials. Not only did he co-found Documentum, he's also less than five years into the launch of Alfresco, arguably one of the biggest disrupters to appear on the enterprise software radar in years.

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Why Is It So Hard To Be Found?

5/5/2008
Across various industries, the one thing I always hear customers say is "How can I make sure I'm found?" This applies to both internet searches and searches within the firewall. Everyone wants their content to be found, read, appreciated and remembered.

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The Weekly Watch On Content Management

4/25/2008
Leading off this installment of The Weekly Watch is Alfresco, a company that's proven there's plenty of innovation left in the enterprise content management (ECM) sector. Alfresco sent InformationWeek some of its recent accomplishments and a few grabbed our attention.

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Controlling Content In A Social Publishing World

4/25/2008
I read this PC World story and I couldn't help but think how indicative it is of the typical command and control mentality within enterprises. I know there's a balance between fighting the external social network (SoNet) effect and creating a corporate one of your own. With all the technology, horsepower, and APIs gone wild, shouldn't we be able to figure out how to create some harmony between the two?

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MindTouch Puts The Enterprise In 2.0

4/18/2008
It's not often you hear terms like application integration and IT governance from companies building their businesses on Web 2.0 underpinnings such as blogs, wikis, and RSS. So I was somewhat surprised to be smacked in the face with just that from Aaron Fulkerson, the tech-talking co-founder and CEO of MindTouch, a company that wants to be the "tissue" that helps enterprises connect all those disparate systems.

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Telligent Takes SharePoint Social, Focuses On ROI

4/16/2008
The rush to provide social computing tools to the corporate world continued this week as Dallas-based Telligent released Community Server 2008. Unlike other pure-play community software and social networkers, Telligent is banking on Microsoft to help it befriend corporate customers that have big plans for SharePoint. But SharePoint isn't the only draw in this fight. ROI is the other weapon it's using to spar with others in the competitive social computing s

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The Weekly Watch On Content Management

4/14/2008
Since my post last week mentioning the fight to surpass SharePoint in the marketplace, I've received a lot of feedback from various SharePoint partners and competitors. This installment of the "Weekly Watch On Content Management" is peppered with some SharePoint-related stuff, collaboration news, and an acquisition rumor that just won't die.

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Top 5 Reasons A Content Management Company Will Go Out Of Business

4/11/2008
Several months ago a content management vendor told me that the oncoming recession was causing it problems with revenue generation. I said perhaps, but it's also possible its problems were related to the fact that its customers were really angry and really vocal. It's too easy to blame market conditions without taking a hard look in the mirror sometimes.

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Content Players Look To Social Computing For New Sources Of Revenue

4/9/2008
Has social computing become the enterprise software vendor's strategy to avoid a recession? It's evident there's a rush to help organizations become better collaborators. If you stick 2.0 behind any typical enterprise-oriented term, you've probably heard all the versions. ECM 2.0, knowledge management 2.0, and, of course, the party favorite, Enterprise 2.0. The real question is whether we'll see real revenue as these types of systems are rolled out.

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Will Any Of Software's Emerging Stars Defeat SharePoint?

4/3/2008
Collaboration and community are two very big hills for vendors to climb these days. As the saying goes, many have tried and many have failed. Add Microsoft's SharePoint to the growing list of things you'll need to overcome and some might say you're spinning your wheels.

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The 'Weekly Watch' On Content Management

3/28/2008
With all the activity in the content management market, I thought it would be a good idea to start a weekly ritual of quick blurbs and sound bites from vendors, users, and anyone else who'd like to throw their message in the mix.

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Mission-Critical Apps Continue To Descend From The Clouds

3/25/2008
There's a lot of interesting scenarios these days around the intersection of software-as-a-service (SaaS) and content management. Thanks to companies like Google, Salesforce.com, and Amazon, cloud-based computing is no longer some mythical, business-led, revolutionary approach to accessing technology. Everyday, mission-critical applications are being neatly packaged and delivered to business users regardless of time, place, or device.

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FatWire Quietly Serves Billions

3/17/2008
After hearing FatWire Software brag about one of the best quarters in its history, I thought it was a good time to catch up with its CEO, Yogesh Gupta. We spoke about everything from open source to SaaS, with Gupta also highlighting some of the company's recent enterprise 2.0 moves.

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Fixing The Flaws Of The Web Experience

3/13/2008
A lot of the conversations I've had lately have revolved around the notion of the user experience, or in vendor speak, the Web experience. I'm not knocking the marketing messages (OK, maybe a little) but we've been talking about the Web experience since the Web 1.0 days, without much movement.

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Oracle: They Do So Much But Can They Do Everything?

3/12/2008
It's always a challenge for something baked into an enterprise platform to be as competitive as the pure-play providers. And in most cases, if content management is the set of applications you're trying to incorporate, it can be even more daunting.

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Will The Real Content Management Vendor Please Step Up?

3/5/2008
While no one doubts the demand for pure-play content management services, there's still a tremendous amount of confusion around what customers should hand off to certain vendors. Fact is, sometimes your CMS provider may not be the best fit for managing the flow of content in your online community or forum.

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OpenText's Enterprise 2.0 Strategy Unfolds

3/4/2008
A good way of perfecting your trend-watching in the high-tech sector is by paying close attention to how and when vendors release their so-called strategic road maps. It's essentially their way of legitimizing themselves in an increasingly competitive and noisy marketplace.

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SaaS Trendwatching With Clickability

2/4/2008
It seems like everything has the "as-a-service" connotation these days. Software-as-a-service, infrastructure-as-a-service, even innovation-as-a-service. Actually, the newest one I saw come out of Demo 08 was insight-as-a-service, brought to you by the friendly folks at Silobreaker.

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