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The rise of TiVo and DVR has permanently changed the way many of us watch television. Now, audiences can speed through five minutes of commercials, skipping those carefully placed product advertisements, all with the touch of a remote. While that may be great for viewers, it poses a dilemma for advertisers as more viewers are skipping their commercials, and maybe even passing up tuning in to their favorite show on TV for logging on to their favorite site. Even as advertisers turn to the internet to reach customers, they wonder what the best way to reach those people is. Some say widgets and social networking are the wave of the future when it comes to getting your message across, but others say there's just no way to know which avenues will turn out to be the best paths to reach audiences.
By - Posted Jan 20, 2009
While the news surrounding this year's Consumer Electronics Show may have started with the lack of a Bill Gates keynote, the show is going strong and product launches include a major move by Hoover's Inc into the mobile space. Launched January 8, Hoover's Mobile is a free application available for iPhone, BlackBerry, and Windows Mobile smartphones and Hoover's MobileSP (targeting the sales professional) is a for-fee application available for BlackBerry and Windows Mobile phones.
By - Posted Jan 13, 2009
This month, Aspera announced the release of its new Aspera Console a web-based, enterprise-scale management platform for global file transfer networks. The company has also upgraded its faspex server. Aspera's high-speed file transport technology--fasp (fast and secure protocol) now in its 2.2 version, is essentially the underlying engine that allows Aspera server and client software to transfer massive data sets at maximum speed, regardless of distance and network conditions, according to Michelle Munson, president and co-founder of Aspera.
By - Posted Dec 23, 2008
On December 16th, Xeround announced its latest version of its patented Intelligent Data Grid (IDG) Suite, and with the announcement, a host of new enhancements designed to further capitalize on the common need for more fluid data management and greater organization. Since its inception, Xeround has worked to unify data spread out across many networks, and thus increase a business' efficiency. Its goal is to provide database virtualization software to companies such as service providers looking to reduce costs and enable faster time-to-market of new products and services. Xeround has done so most notably with its patented Intelligent Data Grid (IDG) Suite, a database virtualization solution used by partners like IBM and T-Mobile. In other words, the IDG Suite delivers in-network data management without the need for customers to restructure the network, first.
By - Posted Dec 16, 2008
The internet has forever changed how media is consumed--with one click of a mouse we can get breaking news and up-to-the-minute updates, making sitting down to watch the nightly news feel like old news. To help radio and TV broadcasters face increasing pressure to produce timely content as quickly as possible, Magnolia recently released Magnolia-on-Air--a content management system designed specifically for broadcasters and large organizations to manage their own broadcast content.
By - Posted Dec 09, 2008
ClearStory Systems announced on December 1, 2008 that it has been acquired, in whole, by The FeedRoom. A leading provider of online video solutions for media companies, corporations and government agencies, The FeedRoom bought--for an undisclosed sum--ClearStory Systems, a digital asset management (DAM) software provider, offering advanced capabilities for managing a full range of digital marketing assets.
By - Posted Dec 02, 2008
We are pleased to announce the eighth annual EContent 100--our list of companies that matter most in the digital content industry. We hope that you find the list as valuable as we did the process of creating it. As ever, we welcome your feedback and look forward to the continued innovation in the tools and the way they are applied in the year to come.
Posted Dec 02, 2008
Our list of the 100 companies that matter most in the digital content industry.
December 2008 Issue, Posted Dec 01, 2008
A collection of blogs hit by the EContent 100 judges on a regular basis.
December 2008 Issue, Posted Dec 01, 2008
Welcome to the eighth annual EContent 100—our list of companies that matter most in the digital content industry.
By - December 2008 Issue, Posted Dec 01, 2008
Learn more about the 2008-2009 EContent 100 Judging Team.
December 2008 Issue, Posted Dec 01, 2008
Take a closer look at Autonomy Corp., one of the 12 companies that inspired the most banter among the EContent 100 judges during the voting process.
By - December 2008 Issue, Posted Dec 01, 2008
Take a closer look at Demand Media, Inc., one of the 12 companies that inspired the most banter among the EContent 100 judges during the voting process.
By - December 2008 Issue, Posted Dec 01, 2008
Take a closer look at Pressmart Media, Ltd., one of the 12 companies that inspired the most banter among the EContent 100 judges during the voting process.
By - December 2008 Issue, Posted Dec 01, 2008
Take a closer look at ProQuest, one of the 12 companies that inspired the most banter among the EContent 100 judges during the voting process.
By - December 2008 Issue, Posted Dec 01, 2008
Take a closer look at Quark, Inc., one of the 12 companies that inspired the most banter among the EContent 100 judges during the voting process.
By - December 2008 Issue, Posted Dec 01, 2008
Take a closer look at SchemaLogic, Inc., one of the 12 companies that inspired the most banter among the EContent 100 judges during the voting process.
By - December 2008 Issue, Posted Dec 01, 2008
Take a closer look at SORCE, Ltd., one of the 12 companies that inspired the most banter among the EContent 100 judges during the voting process.
By - December 2008 Issue, Posted Dec 01, 2008
Take a closer look at TransMedia Corp., one of the 12 companies that inspired the most banter among the EContent 100 judges during the voting process.
By - December 2008 Issue, Posted Dec 01, 2008
If you're tired of watching video after video online, only to realize halfway through that it is not what you were looking for, then an Israeli company called Taboola may be just what you've been looking for. After three years in development, including one year of limited release with selected partners, Taboola announced on November 18 the official launch of its ViDiscovery, Taboola Analytics, and DiscoverAd offerings--as well as $4.5 million in second round funding, led by Evergreen Venture Partners.
By - Posted Nov 25, 2008
Monday, November 17, marked the announcement of the availability of Clickability's Media Solution. The product provides a centrally managed SaaS content repository that enables large media companies to share digital content across their organization and publish it to multiple devices and web channels. Its feature set includes tagging and annotating, and asset-linking across channels and publications. The Clickability platform also allows for the sharing of content among separate customers, creating a mutually beneficial content-publishing ecosystem.
By - Posted Nov 18, 2008
In German, the word "entdecken" means "to discover." In Cambridge, MA, a company whose focus is on enterprise information access software is known as Endeca, a fitting ode to this German term. Founded in 1999, Endeca has relied on its core values ever since: to aid information-based problem solving across a variety of business processes. On November 10, Endeca extended this ideal to embrace more types of content, with the release of its Digital Asset Navigator (DAN) solution, a search and information access solution designed for media companies, content publishers, advertising agencies, and marketing departments.
By - Posted Nov 11, 2008
On October 29, Open Text Corp. launched its new web content management solutions designed to help customers integrate, manage, and optimize their content in Web 2.0 initiatives in a safe and controlled environment. Using its RedDot technology, Open Text has expanded its traditional enterprise content management capabilities to create Open Text Web solutions that will enable clients to create a more personalized user experience as they deploy intranets, extranets, and Enterprise 2.0 solutions in today's growing Web 2.0 world.
By - Posted Nov 07, 2008
A settlement was reached on October 28 in the class-action lawsuit brought in 2005 by the Authors Guild and Association of American Publishers against Google, and both sides seem to be pleased with the outcome. The Authors Guild and Association of American Publishers will help distribute a $45 million class-action payout to authors and publishers whose copyrights were infringed when their works were uploaded without permission by the digital Google Books project. Google, in turn, will spend $34.5 million to build a subscription-based system allowing users to preview, search, and ultimately purchase access to in-copyright, out-of-print titles through Google Books.
By - Posted Nov 04, 2008
Most companies don't want to inhibit the collaborative flow that Web 2.0 has brought to the marketplace; don't want it to hinder their overall operations and they want to continue to build on their Web 2.0 platforms. Yet as the use of these collaborative applications becomes integrated into business processes, the need for them to be secure becomes imperative.
By - November 2008 Issue, Posted Oct 29, 2008
Publishing is a highly competitive industry. The software industry is no less so, and a few names dominate the publishing software industry. One of these—Quark—has made a move that enables more flexibility for publishers today. Quark, a provider of desktop publishing and publishing software, has extended the capabilities of Quark Publishing System 8 (QPS 8) to include support for both QuarkXPress and Adobe InDesign.
By - Posted Oct 28, 2008
Content management systems often require, at best, a convoluted set of steps and, at worst, a team of IT professionals and two Excedrin to make real changes to a website. Enter Day Software Holding's Communiqué v5.0 (CQ5). Designed to enable chief marketing officers and other creative personnel to have more ownership and management of their products, CQ5 seems downright intuitive.
By - November 2008 Issue, Posted Oct 24, 2008
You will find many enthusiastic voices, echoing the marketing material from vendors and busy conference floors, proclaiming wikis to be the ultimate solution to a wide range of information management problems. So how do you know if a wiki will bring positive change to your organization?
President Bush signed The Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008 (PRO-IP) into law on October 13. The act is designed to give the government more leverage in pursuing pirated or counterfeit media software, and pharmaceutical drugs. The act also creates an IP enforcement coordinator—or IP czar—position to oversee and enforce the new, strengthened laws.
By - Posted Oct 21, 2008
From recent college graduates to veteran employees, there are four generations in the work force today: Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Gen X-ers, and Millenials. With each of these groups comes a different opinion on how to best get the job done. More often than not, these different views on productivity collide and affect more than just the process—they affect the results. As technology advances, it is difficult to reach all four groups effectively, but it is essential for productivity to reconcile generational differences and get every employee, regardless of his or her generation, on the same page.
By - November 2008 Issue, Posted Oct 20, 2008
While web marketers have long been tracking the growing influence of online consumer reviews, the influence of these reviews has reached a tipping point and the time is right for companies of all kinds to take a closer look.
By - November 2008 Issue, Posted Oct 15, 2008
A year ago, when Vivisimo launched Velocity 6.0, it focused heavily on incorporating collaborative features into the enterprise search solution. This time around, as Vivisimo today launches Velocity 7.0 "the theme is conceptual search—it's about discovery and personalization," says Rebecca Thompson, vice president of marketing.
By - Posted Oct 14, 2008
Today's content has no respect for yesterday's silos. Documents and assets end up on pages, screens, and devices—or, inevitably, all of the above. That means extra work for designers and developers to constantly manage and repurpose material. It also means extra pressure for them to operate outside the comfort zones of their original disciplines.
By - November 2008 Issue, Posted Oct 14, 2008
It seems that everyone is blogging these days. However, despite the proliferation of blogs that range from diaries and niche subjects to celebrity, corporate, and expertly written blogs, some publishers are still hesitant to add blogging to the mix. The web has opened up a world of communication to people across the globe, but the new culture of user-generated content can mean a lot of things to those in the publishing industry, good and bad.
By - November 2008 Issue, Posted Oct 10, 2008
During one eventful week in mid-September, two big names in American commerce gingerly announced that they would be reinventing their business models for the digital age. Time Inc., the publisher of Time magazine, Sports Illustrated, and People, announced on September 15, a Monday, the launch of Maghound.com, a service that allows users to manage their magazine subscriptions online. Then on September 18 the online retail behemoth Amazon released the news that it would be adding a content delivery network to its suite of web services.
By - Posted Oct 07, 2008
We find ourselves perched on the crest of a third web wave, one that could take this social web even further by adding a semantic layer, in which the underlying systems begin to have an inherent semantic understanding of the content and take us to what we need without even being told what we want.
By - October 2008 Issue, Posted Oct 02, 2008
While magazines remain portable, not every magazine is available when needed, such as on a long flight. On September 22, 2008, the Read Green Initiative from Zinio launched to the public, and may give readers more options.
By - Posted Sep 30, 2008
Those who work in content management systems (CMSs) know that the content creation process can often be time-consuming and unwieldy. Ideally, the best content management system should enable the user to post content to the web seamlessly, without having to click back and forth between different programs. After all, it's difficult—or, at the very least, annoying—to be in two or three places at once. However, as wonderful as this utopian ideal may sound, it is very rarely the case. Web content creators are usually required to collaborate with one another in a wiki, edit images for the web in Photoshop or a similar program, and then upload everything into the CMS. Functionality is lost in the quest for a visually compelling website with top-notch content.
By - October 2008 Issue, Posted Sep 29, 2008
There seems to be a never-ending list of companies experiencing data breaches, which can lead to the theft of information and even identity. Database security is a serious issue that affects every business or organization, and one of the most effective means of database security is good database auditing.
By - October 2008 Issue, Posted Sep 25, 2008
From September 16th-19th, the Web 2.0 Expo took to the floors of the Javits Convention Center in New York City. With over 100 exhibitor booths and sessions ranging in topic from media and marketing to a multitude of workplace applications, the opportunities attendees had to learn and socialize were abundant. Still, with the amount of diversity the Web 2.0 Expo offered, there was one theme that dominated the others: People come first in Web 2.0.
By - Posted Sep 23, 2008
Can't find video about the latest news without searching dozens of websites? Are you sick of sitting through 5 minutes of an audio clip just to hear the 30 seconds you're interested in? These problems could be things of the past. Last February, Massachusetts-based EveryZing announced the debut of its ezSEO and ezSEARCH, designed to make audio and video content more searchable on the web. In October the company will launch its new media player, hoping to go a step further and change the way users interact with multimedia content.
By - October 2008 Issue, Posted Sep 22, 2008
Findability is about making information easier to find. After all, if it cannot be found, it may as well not exist. In addition to traditional controlled vocabulary-based indexing, information architecture has evolved to make browsing and navigation methods more effective. "Semantic tagging," in the various ways that it is understood, is a term that describes many of these new (and some not-so-new) findability approaches.
By - October 2008 Issue, Posted Sep 22, 2008
On Oct. 1, natural language search company Semantra will release Semantra 2.5 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM. With this new product, Semantra seeks to bring effective, efficient search capabilities to the realm of business intelligence (BI). Semantra 2.5, which sits on top of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, streamlines searching within that enterprise application, with capabilities including summary analytics, linking results back to the CRM, exporting results into Excel, and dynamically adjusting results sets. This set of functions and Semantra's streamlined search interface are designed to simplify business intelligence and analytics so that every member of a sales team, irrespective of their technical expertise, has access to as much valuable BI information as possible.
By - October 2008 Issue, Posted Sep 18, 2008
YellowBrix has been in the content syndication and analytics business for more than 10 years. The company, which is based in Alexandria, Virginia, specializes in providing business, industry, and financial markets news and general consumer information for websites, intranets, wireless devices, and telephony services requiring real-time information. Within the next few weeks, in a step toward providing its analytical capabilities directly to consumers, YellowBrix will release a new product called RightTrade.
By - Posted Sep 16, 2008
Effectively targeting specific audiences is one of the leading objectives of online advertisers. Websites have long used demographic information to help advertisers, but the Sept. 15 premier of Bizo aims to make it easier for business-to-business marketers to reach their desired online audience.
By - October 2008 Issue, Posted Sep 15, 2008
It takes a lot of time, effort, and money to build your company's brand and corporate identity. When you move into foreign markets, you don't want your message to get garbled—literally lost in translation. As with any complex business problem, technology can help, but it only takes you so far.
By - Sept 2008 Issue, Posted Sep 08, 2008
Email has not just revolutionized the way we communicate, it has transformed the way we do business today. Along the way, it also added a significant layer of security risk. However, most corporations lack policies, much less solutions, to help mitigate the potentially costly problems of unmanaged email.
By - Sept 2008 Issue, Posted Sep 01, 2008
There may be an ocean between them, but the U.S. and the U.K. are on the same wavelength when it comes to Enterprise 2.0 tools. These tools are increasingly in demand on both sides of the Atlantic. Recently, Trampoline Sytems—a London-based provider of social networking software—released research echoing these sentiments; of 111 businesses surveyed in the U.K. and U.S., 84% said that social networking would help with sharing knowledge and expertise across the organization.
By - Sept 2008 Issue, Posted Aug 28, 2008
New York is hoping a partnership with Trafficland might help clean up the state's skies and will conduct a one-year investigation into the energy and environmental benefits of improving the delivery of traffic video information to the public.
By - Posted Aug 26, 2008
The holidays came early to 125 high school students when Microsoft gave Zune players to students in exchange for research data, in hopes of expanding its products into schools across the country. Devices were given to 100 Fort Sumner High School students in New Mexico and 25 at South Valley Junior High in Liberty, Mo. The idea was for students to watch videos and listen to podcasts recommended by teachers and fellow students with the expectation of enhancing their educational experience.
By - Sept 2008 Issue, Posted Aug 25, 2008
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