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Thoughts on the Future of Content Management

9/11/2009
I often get asked about the future of content management, so I thought I'd offer some high-level observations here. First I'd note that content, today, is not what we used to think of as content ten or fifteen years ago...

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Think Beyond the RFP

8/11/2009
There's a saying in Hollywood, made famous by screenwriter William Goldman, that "nobody knows anything." Consider the RFP process. Mind you, I'm no expert on Requests for Proposals, but after you read enough of them, it's clear that nobody else is, either. Every RFP is different, and almost all are seriously flawed. No one seems to know how to write a "good" RFP, perhaps because "nobody knows anything."

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Interest in Apache Lucene Accelerates

7/21/2009
A while back, I wrote about... what seemed like an accelerating rate of adoption of Lucene and related technologies. That trend appears to be continuing, as job listings that contain the terms Lucene, Solr, and Hadoop (three interrelated Apache projects that tend to be mentioned together) have skyrocketed of late...

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Open Text Buys Vignette: Investment or Impulse?

5/7/2009
Why would Open Text, a $725 million vendor (with a diverse product catalog, but best known for its wide collection of ECM products) want to risk its respectable 9-percent operating margin by acquiring a competitor with negative profitability and a rapidly dwindling stream of license revenues?

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It's Time for Seat-Based Software Licensing to End

4/10/2009
Economic downturns tend to accelerate change in the IT world... Given the situation we're in, now might be as good a time as any for potential buyers of software systems (and licensees whose contract renewals are coming up) to declare war on per-seat pricing.

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Startup Supports Lucene Open-Source Search

1/28/2009
The lack of commercially available support and training have been a bit of a hindrance to acceptance of the open-source Apache Lucene search engine in the enterprise, but that's starting to change. This week, fledgling services company Lucid Imagination officially arrives on the scene to offer commercial-grade support, formal developer training, and certified, tested versions of Lucene.

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I'm Hearing Guarded Optimism on IT Spending

12/10/2008
As I wandered around the Gilbane Boston 2008 show recently, the question I heard people asking each other most often was some variation of: "How's business?" Almost everyone is trying to figure out what the economic train wreck is doing (or might do) to IT spending. The Good News is that showgoers were, by and large, surprisingly optimistic...

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RSS Is the New Personalization

11/24/2008
A recent press release concerning ArnoldIT's Google monitoring service piqued my interest. It turns out to be a nicely formatted aggregation page for Google blogs... The point worth emphasizing is that as Web content becomes more granular, compositional, and personalizable (not to mention more perishable), subscribability becomes a design consideration.

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Cloud Computing: Ellison Rants, Others Reap

11/14/2008
Oracle founder Larry Ellison, speaking at the recent Oracle OpenWorld conference, raised quite a few eyebrows when he derided "cloud computing" as "complete gibberish" in an extended on-stage rant... To me, cloud computing is about rethinking the role of infrastructure in a world of astonishingly cheap and abundant infrastructure.

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End of an Era for Microsoft?

11/7/2008
Microsoft's announcement last week that it will expose SaaS versions of its Office products can be interpreted in numerous ways. Some see it as a kneejerk response to Google Docs. Others characterize it as a kind of belated attempt to tap the promise of cloud computing... Historically, this could be the end of an era for Redmond

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Google Brings Back Google, Circa 2001

10/20/2008
Remember Google the way it was in 2001? Slightly funky logo, exclamation point on the end. Lots of white space. Proud declaration above the query-box: "Search 1,326,920,000 Web pages"? Now you can go back and relive those glory days!

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Shocker: Microsoft Will Support jQuery

10/2/2008
The last company on earth I'd expect to support open-source JavaScript libraries is Microsoft... But guess what? Hades has apparently frozen over, because according to Microsoft's Scott Guthrie, "later this year" Microsoft will begin providing 24/7 Product Support Services support for jQuery, the popular open-source JavaScript library.

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CMIS: A New Lingua Franca of ECM?

9/10/2008
It's often said that the great thing about industry standards is that there are so many of them. Today, three of the biggest behemoths of content management (namely IBM, Microsoft, and EMC) announced a new standard that is supposed do for the content-management world what ODBC and SQL did for the database world. We've heard that one before, but keep reading anyway...

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How Fast Will Chrome Tarnish?

9/3/2008
It's too soon to know what to make of Google's new Chrome browser (I've only been hammering on it a short time), but I have to admit I was disappointed (if unsurprised) by the two-dimensional, low-tech-feeling and all-too-familiar baby-blue "skin" of the UI. (Can you imagine Adobe perpetrating such an eyesore?) Welcome, once again, to Google Beta-ware. Here are some random impressions:

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What do Joomla!, Drupal, and WordPress Have In Common?

8/18/2008
Big Blue recently released its IBM Internet Security Systems X-Force 2008 Mid-Year Trend Statistics report, and it contains more than a few eyebrow-raisers. For example, Web-application-based security vulnerabilities have begun to outnumber reports involving conventional viruses and trojans... What really got my attention, though, is the new Top Ten list of vendors with the most vulnerability disclosures...

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Adobe's Brave New Stack

7/9/2008
Over at the Adobe Developer Connection Web site, Belgian developer Sébastien Arbogast has posted an interesting article on how to write next-generation Web apps in Flex. What's interesting isn't the Flex part but the underlying stack, which gives some hint, I think, of what Adobe's Flex evangelistas may be envisioning as LAMP-Next.

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Oracle's New Plan to Save You Money

6/26/2008
Remember the classic slogans from Orwell's 1984: "War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength." Perhaps we should now add, "Higher prices mean lower cost of ownership." I'm reading a well-known software company's quarterly report wherein the following rather noble-sounding statements are made...

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Dining At the Intersection of Search and Retention

5/30/2008
Lawyers were well represented (you might say) at last week's Enterprise Search Summit in New York. At times, it felt more like an e-discovery conference with analytics and social-computing side-tracks rather than a search conference featuring a few e-discovery sessions... Without good search technology, sifting through the data isn't just tedious but nightmarishly expensive.

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Adobe Woos Sun Recruits to the Flex Cause

5/23/2008
If Adobe has its way, PC users will soon be running Web-friendly desktop apps in a secure Virtual Machine environment built on Adobe technology. If Sun has its way, we'll all be running JavaFX apps. (And if Microsoft has its way, we'll all be using some combination of .Net and Silverlight.)... Sun appears to have overslept the alarm this time...

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Reinventing the Java Application Server

5/13/2008
Just when you thought the Java appserver market was saturated, along comes a brand new entrant with familiar-sounding promises of "lighter, faster, easier." What's ironic is that this new contender comes from the very folks who've done so much (intentionally or not) to make "Java appserver" a bad name in recent years. I'm talking about the people at SpringSource...

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