Profile of Alan Pelz-Sharpe
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Articles by Alan Pelz-Sharpe
posted in January 2008
My thanks to our friend James Robertson for pointing to an important UK study that debunks many of the "Web 2.0" and "Google Generation" myths that currently abound. I have bit of a reputation as a cynic, but the Google Generation is something of which I have simply seen no real evidence, despite vendors and fellow analysts arguing loudly about its importance in today's workplace.
My colleague Jarrod forwarded a link to a news story of how one person deliberately destroyed seven years' worth of corporate content/data with ease. Meanwhile, I had another tab open regarding the White House's inability/refusal to archive email messages and had just finished reading about the loss of a laptop containing personal details on 600,000 people - quite a busy day for data destruction.
So EMC (read: Documentum) acquired Document Sciences. Announced over the holiday period, the deal makes perfect sense for EMC as it continues to reposition Documentum away from the traditional complex document management activities that established the firm - a market that is under attack from Microsoft and Open Text - and more into high-value, transactional document management and archiving.