Detroit is, undoubtedly, among the cities hardest hit by the recession. The city's biggest employers have been under siege, and abandoned homes line the streets. Thanks to a $40-million deal with Houghton Mifflin Co., Detroit's public schools are now on the leading edge of a technological movement to replace printed textbooks with computer software. They aren't the only ones.
While it may be assumed that most professionals in the business technology industry have a general concept of cloud computing, an August 2009 survey by Proofpoint, a provider of SaaS email security, email archiving, and data loss-prevention solutions, found that may not be the case. Many IT professionals are still confused about the term's actual meaning.
- Posted Jan 22, 2010
Personal e-reader devices appeared on plenty of wishlists during the recent holiday season, and Amazon's Kindle seems to have taken an early lead in reaching out to readers.
Posted Jan 22, 2010
In September, The Washington Post's senior editor Milton Coleman published guidelines to the paper's staff members about their activities on the internet-while on and off the job. His email to staff said, in part: "Social networks ... can be valuable tools in gathering and disseminating news and information. They also create some potential hazards we need to recognize. When using social networking tools for reporting or for our personal lives, we must remember that Washington Post journalists are always Washington Post journalists." It was the "or for our personal lives" part that created a firestorm for The Washington Post. But its concern about what its staff members-particularly reporters-are saying online is understandable.
In late November, news broke that Murdoch was reportedly in talks with Microsoft to negotiate a deal in which the giant media conglomerate would pull or deindex its content from Google-keeping the search giant from crawling its content and making it exclusively available to Bing. Unfortunately, the major players are not going on the record regarding this controversial speculation. And if you believe the blogosphere, the whole thing might just be a bluff.
- Posted Jan 20, 2010
With the first decade of the new millennium coming to a close, the Webby Awards announced the 10 most influential internet moments of the decade on Nov. 18-finding the websites, technological advancements, and more that have transformed not only the way we live but also the world around us.
- Posted Jan 15, 2010
It's no secret that "cloud computing" is fast becoming one of 2010's hottest buzzwords. With this in mind, Alfresco, an open source enterprise content management system provider, announced on Tuesday, January 12, the company the availability of Alfresco Enterprise Edition 3.2 - the new features of which focus largely on cloud capability.
- Posted Jan 15, 2010
Qualifying the value of something such as "community" is no easy task: What exactly is an online community worth? And how do you measure its effectiveness or know for certain that you are getting a return on your investment when you allocate resources for this purpose?
Representatives of four major publishing houses and international media conglomerate News Corporation announced last Tuesday, Dec. 8, that they will launch a joint venture to develop a digital storefront and a set of standards for the sale and distribution of media content.
- Posted Dec 15, 2009
One of the world's biggest publishers wants to get rid of its inventory. That doesn't mean global scientific publisher Springer Science + Business Media is going out of the business—in fact, it's hoping to add even more science, technology, and medical titles to its lineup.
- Posted Dec 11, 2009
This year's Enterprise Search Summit West was a bit different than previous years; aligned closely with the co-located KMWorld program, the more streamlined conference allowed search-focused attendees to take full advantage of the three day event or to maximize their knowledge seeking across the larger KMWorld conference.
- Posted Nov 24, 2009
Welcome to the ninth annual EContent 100—our list of companies that matter most in the digital content industry.
December 2009 Issue, Posted Nov 24, 2009
Our list of the 100 companies that matter most in the digital content industry.
December 2009 Issue, Posted Nov 24, 2009
Learn more about the 2009-2010 EContent 100 Judging Team.
December 2009 Issue, Posted Nov 24, 2009
The EContent team suggests some sites, projects, and resources that--while outside the scope of the EContent 100 list--are well-worth a closer look.
December 2009 Issue, Posted Nov 24, 2009
A collection of blogs either authored by the EContent 100 judges or read by them on a regular basis—click and learn more about the digital content, media and publishing business.
December 2009 Issue, Posted Nov 24, 2009
As we eagerly await each successive advance, we've gotten used to thinking that when it comes to content, richer is always better. More rich media! More audio, more online video, more animation-this is the stuff that makes today's web attractive and exciting, though not necessarily more efficient or more useful. Since most of this eye candy is either part of or is sponsored by advertising, it seems safe to assume that the richness of the content correlates to the outcome desired by advertisers, which is, by and large, to induce us to make some kind of purchase. However, while that assumption makes sense on the surface, it turns out that the reality is more subtle and complex than suggested by the simple proposition that "rich content sells."
November 2009 Issue, Posted Nov 19, 2009
At one time, knowledge management (KM) purely encompassed the library-style research-and-documentation endeavor required to organize knowledge-primarily for companies that trade in knowledge, such as law firms and consultancies. Early in its life, KM was defined by Thomas A. Stewart in a Fortune magazine article entitled "Mapping Corporate Brainpower," as "Efforts to transmute the accumulated knowledge of individual employees into a corporate asset." Today, KM has grown well beyond these original boundaries, and its tenets are leveraged by organizations of all kinds to manage information and intellectual assets.
- November 2009 Issue, Posted Nov 13, 2009
Every 2.6 seconds, the CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) REGISTRY logs a new entry that defines and describes a recently discovered chemical substance. This statistic boggles the mind both for what it says about the pace of progress in scientific research and for what it says about CAS's ability to keep up with that pace.
- November 2009 Issue, Posted Nov 06, 2009
You would be hard pressed to find a company where the bulk of employees are not on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook—likely all three and possibly many more. As organizations begin to grasp how to make social media tools part of an effective business strategy, many are developing specific guidelines for how employees can use—or not use—social media, both in the workplace and at home. Some, though, are doing it more successfully than others; recently, The Washington Post garnered criticism when its social media policy, which many perceive as draconian, was released.
- Posted Nov 06, 2009
Rob Tarkoff, senior vice president and general manager of business productivity solutions at Adobe, did little to cushion the blow when he said to attendees at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference: "Enterprise software is failing." Story by ITI Reporter Jessica Tsai, CRM Magazine.
Posted Nov 06, 2009
Social networking is making significant inroads into the business practices of major organizations, not the least of which is improving customer support. Companies are using social media as a tool to allow customers to engage with each other to get their technical and customer service questions answered—impacting traffic to existing customer service and help desk functions and, even more importantly, improving service and cementing relationships in the process.
November 2009 Issue, Posted Nov 04, 2009
LTU Technologies started out as a small Franco-American company set to blaze a new trail in the ecommerce industry, but ended up as a classic example of how things don't always work out as planned. According to founder and CEO Alexandre Winter, the company's original business model was to offer image recognition software for mobile ecommerce. Despite some twists and turns, LTU announced on Monday, Nov. 2, the release of LTU engine/ON demand-a far cry from how the technology was originally intended to be used.
- Posted Nov 03, 2009
A series of recent moves has focused attention on search and social networks. Social networks have turned their attention to enhancing search features on their sites, but what they really may be searching for is the way to effectively monetize their services. Story by ITI Reporter Theresa Cramer, EContent Magazine.
November 2009 Issue, Posted Nov 02, 2009
With a theme of "Net Initiatives for Tough Times," this year's Internet Librarian show in Monterey, CA tapped into the key issue facing librarians and information managers in every setting: how to do more with less, while always proving your contributions to the success of your organization.
- Posted Oct 30, 2009
An ambitious project is underway to digitize the complete cultural history of the European Union and make it available to the general public via Europeana, a digital library and museum. The project launched last November with roughly 2 million artifacts. It now counts 4.6 million items from more than 1,000 institutions among its collection, and it is expected to grow to 10 million items by 2010.
- November 2009 Issue, Posted Oct 29, 2009
It goes without saying that an online presence is essential for the success of almost any modern media company, whether it's a local institution like a radio or television station or a national brand. Unfortunately, the bewildering array of standards, technologies, and platforms available for content management makes establishing a solid foothold in the digital arena as daunting as it is valuable. With the Oct. 27 release of Spotlight, a video hosting and management platform with social media features, developer Reality Digital is hoping to remove some of that confusion.
- Posted Oct 27, 2009
On Oct. 1, Emerald Group Publishing released 14 new subject collections, which will combine the company's ejournals and ebooks to offer comprehensive coverage of subject matter ranging from accounting and finance to healthcare management.
- November 2009 Issue, Posted Oct 26, 2009
This year, when Proofpoint, Inc., an email security and data loss provider, conducted its annual study on outbound email and data loss prevention issues, it had an additional question in mind: Is the recession creating an increased risk? By the time "Outbound Email and Data Loss Prevention in Today's Enterprise, 2009" was released in July, Proofpoint had found the connection it was looking for.
- October 2009 Issue, Posted Oct 05, 2009
Bigger, better, faster-for more than a century we have been driving toward greater efficiency by creating routine or automated processes that cut time, costs, or both. While this single-minded focus has spurred continual growth, it has also blinded society to where the true value lies. Moving forward, perfect processes will not be of paramount importance. Future progress and prosperity may well hinge on the ability of our organizations and institutions to connect the right people with the right ideas at the right time.
- October 2009 Issue, Posted Oct 05, 2009
Small- and medium-sized businesses' data needs are rarely in line with their budgetary realities - especially if they have their eye on expansion. In order to target smaller-scale companies ready to test enterprise-level functionality without committing to a solution suited to large corporations, Kapow Technologies has teamed up with StrikeIron, Inc. to create Kapow Web Data Services 7.0.0, the latest version of its web data service technology that's priced on a flexible per-use and volume basis.
- Posted Oct 02, 2009
For social network junkies-and companies that rely on sites such as Twitter and Facebook to interact with clients-Aug. 6 was a bleak day. A massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack targeting a single pro-Georgian blogger drastically slowed or stopped five major sites: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LiveJournal, and Fotki.
- October 2009 Issue, Posted Sep 30, 2009
Two major reports released recently offer both confirmation of declining advertising and marketing spend and a glimpse at the areas for growth in the coming years.
- October 2009 Issue, Posted Sep 28, 2009
Until fairly recently, if you wanted to publish a news article or magazine feature, it required a large staff and huge presses housed in vast buildings. It took great wealth to buy the means to publish and a factorylike process to sell the ads, produce the news, and distribute the product. Because newspaper production was well beyond the means of most people, we relied on newspaper and magazine publishing companies with the requisite resources to produce the news for us, and in return, they charged large sums of money for display and classified ads-and they thrived. Today, that's all changed.
- October 2009 Issue, Posted Sep 28, 2009
If you're thinking of writing the book on Enterprise 2.0, drop your plans right now. The man who first coined the term in 2006, Andrew McAfee, has already written it. What is expected to be the definitive work on the subject will be published in December by Harvard Business School Press.
- October 2009 Issue, Posted Sep 25, 2009
Business & Legal Reports (BLR) is making a change, albeit a subtle one. Now known as Business & Legal Resources, the company is, like so many others, realizing the value of its online business and making the changes needed to beef it up-which includes a website overhaul and a rebranding as of Sept. 22 that will highlight more than a year of strategic content initiatives.
- October 2009 Issue, Posted Sep 25, 2009
Healthcare in America is changing. At the heart of the transformation is the electronic medical record (EMR). By pulling together all of a patient's information, from lab test results to billing history, into a single electronic record, healthcare organizations can dramatically improve quality of care while at the same time lowering their costs.
- September 2009 Issue, Posted Sep 16, 2009
With big bailouts come big responsibilities. The public wants to know: Where is nearly $800 billion going through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and how is it helping?
- September 2009 Issue, Posted Sep 14, 2009
You know online social networking has reached critical mass when physicists get their very own social network. While AIP UniPHY isn't exactly Facebook, it is a networking site devoted to connecting physical scientists to one another. On Tuesday, September 8, the American Institute of Physics (AIP) unveiled the launch edition of its new site, AIP UniPHY- a scientific networking platform for communicating with colleagues, identifying potential collaborators, and keeping up with competitors.
Posted Sep 11, 2009
If you've ever wondered why Googling "healthy eating recipes" while sitting on the couch in your pajamas leads to an inbox jam-packed with emails from every health and diet website known to man, then I have two words for you: behavioral targeting.
- September 2009 Issue, Posted Sep 10, 2009
We are living in the conversation age, where one-way communication is no longer enough. Savvy consumers with infinite choices across the web expect interaction and engagement, and those who can't deliver will find themselves at the end of the line. In this excerpt of the book 18 Rules of Community Engagement, the author delivers insights gained during 2 years of experimenting with a variety of approaches in community building.
- September 2009 Issue, Posted Sep 10, 2009
It may have been a long time since anyone reminded you to play nice with others, but come this fall, Adobe may be reminding you of the virtues of sharing. Whether you are coordinating on a project with colleagues down the hall or across the world, Adobe is trying to streamline the collaboration process for you.
- September 2009 Issue, Posted Sep 09, 2009
Organizations of various sizes and industries are using XML in equally diverse ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their business operations. The technology is also helping companies discover innovative ways in which to generate new revenue opportunities.
- September 2009 Issue, Posted Sep 03, 2009
Everybody is doing it: "tweeting," that is. Yet like so many other things that are all the rage, Twitter has a bit of a dark side. No, I'm not talking about users who detail their entire day via the microblogging site. Recently, concerns about hacking and "maltweets" have plagued users of the popular free social networking site and others.
- September 2009 Issue, Posted Sep 01, 2009
Some of the biggest and most twisted information knots lie in the data banks of the world's largest organizations: Fortune 500 companies and the American armed forces. Future Point Systems, a small, privately-owned company from Mountain View, Calif., has set out to untangle those knots with its flagship program, Starlight Visual Information System.
- Posted Aug 25, 2009
Siber Systems, provider of RoboForm, a password manager and form filler, has released the newest version of the software that is now referred to as RoboForm Online. The original RoboForm was launched in 1999 as a basic form-filler that allowed users to check out and register for websites quickly. Siber Systems says consumer feedback lead the company to add password management and has been offering this feature since 2000.
- Posted Aug 11, 2009
Government visionaries filled the The Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the first Open Government & Innovations (OGI) Conference, held July 21-22. Many came from agencies using social media tools and Web 2.0 technologies in new and exciting ways, but there were many more "enthusiasts" who weren't yet allowed to use those same technologies, hoping to hear change will come.
- Posted Aug 04, 2009
How many emails does it take to crash a server? Unfortunately, this isn't the beginning of an IT joke; in fact, this is a serious question companies both big and small must ask when considering email management needs. Without a reliable system emails build up, servers crash, and important files are lost. With the addition of compliance requirements and disaster recovery, properly managing email components is no longer reserved for high-powered businesses. On July 27, C2C Systems, a provider of email archiving and data management solutions, released a suite of archiving tools designed to give companies, regardless of size, email peace of mind.
- Posted Jul 28, 2009
The conflict between publishers and search engines heated up once again when disgruntled publishers put Europe's media commissioner, Viviane Reding, on notice last month. Publishers from across the continent got organized and signed the "Hamburg Declaration Regarding Intellectual Property Rights" at a meeting of the European Publishers' Council and the World Association of Newspapers on June 26. This is just the latest in a string of complaints from publishers about search engines making money off the work of others. However, it has once again brought up the all-important question: How do publishers get their web content in front of readers without losing out on monetizing opportunities?
- Posted Jul 21, 2009
Whether it's the Seattle Post-Intelligencer giving up the printed ghost and going all-digital or the Rocky Mountain News going out of business, the world of journalism has been in a constant state of flux lately. As media giants such as News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch reconsider the possibility of making users pay for content, there are emerging solution providers, such as Journalism Online, LLC, that hope to make the task of monetizing content easier for content providers and consumers alike.
- July/August 2009 Issue, Posted Jul 16, 2009