Features

Over the last three years, mergers and acquisitions have become de rigueur in the ECM market as major players in the space strive to broaden the definition of enterprise content management, especially through the addition of digital asset capabilities. In 2001, Bulldog Group—a Canadian company that specialized in DAM—was acquired by Documentum. Interwoven signed an agreement in June of 2003 to acquire MediaBin. Less than two months later, in August of 2003, Stellent followed suit and purchased DAM vendor Ancept. Then in August of this year, Open Text announced its acquisition of Artesia Technologies.
By - November 2004 Issue, Posted Nov 04, 2004
"More, More, More, How Do You Like it?" Who knew that Andrea True’s disco lyrics would presage today’s digital information dichotomy? When you really need to know, quantity without quality just won’t do. Anybody using a search engine realizes that, unless you get a perfect hit on page one, too many results are a very bad thing. And if you are a researcher, the seemingly endless resources of the Web seem swell until you actually have to pull a needle of data out of a haystack of results.
By - November 2004 Issue, Posted Nov 03, 2004
Matrix Semiconductor, Inc. has introduced a low-cost, write-once flash memory chip called Matrix 3-D Memory (3DM) that could create an important new content delivery platform for devices such as cell phones, PDAs, and media players equipped with a memory card slot.
By - November 2004 Issue, Posted Nov 02, 2004
Founded in 1848, The Associated Press has long been considered a venerable news institution with considerable authority, clout, and expertise. With its announcement of Electronic AP (eAP) last October, add cutting-edge to the list.
By - November 2004 Issue, Posted Nov 02, 2004
The overriding goal of implementing CM, CRM, KM, BPM, and collaboration technologies is to make enterprise employees operate more efficiently, but sometimes in spite of all these databases and information repositories and graphical front-ends, business needs to get done with good old-fashioned, one-to-one human communication. But do how do you make the connection? Somewhere in the organization is someone who has an answer, if only you knew who that person is or even how to look for him/her. The answer may lie in a growing niche market known as Expert Locator software.
By - November 2004 Issue, Posted Oct 27, 2004
Ah, the coveted 18-24 year-old voter. Every election year, the public is assaulted with statistics on the apathy of youth, and experts and political pundits debate how to get the demographic registered and voting. MTV and Rock the Vote want to make it cool to vote, and, this election year, they have the very specific goal of getting 20 million 18-24 year olds to the voting booths.
By - November 2004 Issue, Posted Oct 26, 2004
For the first time in years, Hollywood’s online ad spending is up, and the backrooms of Sunset Boulevard eateries are abuzz with producers talking about the Internet. Hollywood has timidly started to embrace the online world once again. Will it be for real this time? And if so, how is Hollywood seeking to get the most bang for its online content buck?
By - October 2004 Issue, Posted Oct 20, 2004
Metadata is not going away, and there is no one simple solution to how to add metadata and maximize its value. So let’s take a look at some of the basic issues around adding metadata to unstructured content and explore a range of approaches that various groups and software vendors are trying.
By - October 2004 Issue, Posted Oct 15, 2004
The FCC has mandated that all television stations be capable of broadcasting HDTV by 2006, but that isn’t the date that the Electronic Frontier Foundation is counting down to. Instead, it’s July 1, 2005—the day that the FCC’s broadcast flag mandate takes effect.
By - October 2004 Issue, Posted Oct 11, 2004
In the world of politics, voters are taking advantage of the Web to track the progress of their favorite candidates, monitor what the other side is up to, and support causes they believe in.
By - October 2004 Issue, Posted Oct 08, 2004
So it goes in business intelligence circles, where how a company receives and processes critical business information can mean the difference between a firm that is recording its financial ledgers in black ink or red. Perhaps that explains why Reuters Business Insight pegs the business intelligence marketplace at $35 billion in 2004, and says it is growing at a seven-percent annual clip.
By - October 2004 Issue, Posted Oct 08, 2004
LaserFiche thinks it has weapons in its arsenal that police departments throughout the country can use to better fight terrorism…but not the kind you might first imagine. The
By - October 2004 Issue, Posted Oct 04, 2004
An ever-increasing number of digital libraries are cropping up to fill very specific niches and offer visitors access to documents and materials that the public library has simply not been able to.
By - October 2004 Issue, Posted Oct 01, 2004
Setting up the technology for major events means creating the infrastructure equivalent of a temporary city. At the Democratic National Convention held in Boston’s Fleet Center July 26-29, more than a year of planning culminated with Verizon, the main contractor, employing 200 people for several months to install 4,000 miles of cabling to support convention organizers, the real-time econtent requirements of the media, and the massive security operations.
By - October 2004 Issue, Posted Sep 29, 2004
While their spelling would make your English teacher cringe, the brevity and simplicity of SMS (Short Message Service) messages can’t be be denied. Long the rage in Europe and Asia, SMS is exploding in the U.S. As it takes off, companies of all types are exploring how to use SMS as a content delivery mechanism, a marketing tool, and a platform for internal communications.
By - September 2004 Issue, Posted Sep 17, 2004
As spam, adware, and other abuses of the Internet become evermore prevalent, the need to have a meaningful way in which end users can report this abuse has grown exponentially, not to mention network administrators’ need to have an automated system to facilitate these complaints. This is the problem that George Davey, network administrator at Des Moines University, has set out to solve through the development of a new protocol, dubbed the Iowa Internet Abuse Logging Protocol (IIALP).
By - September 2004 Issue, Posted Sep 15, 2004
The ability of wireless networks to reach virtually any point on the planet makes mobile communications one of the most important and challenging frontiers for the enterprise. To be successful, organizations must absorb mobility into their way of doing business. This fundamental transformation demands new methods—and a new mindset.
By - September 2004 Issue, Posted Sep 13, 2004
About.com, an online source for original consumer advice and information, has announced agreements with editorial brands to provide select content across the health, auto, technology, and travel channels on the About.com network.
Posted Sep 10, 2004
News Technologies LLC has introduced the latest member of its TriggerNews family dubbed TriggerNews PL Multi-Brand. The product, announced in late August, builds on the company’s premise that information consumers need meaningful ways to bypass the information overload problem presented by the open Web and publishers need to get content to them in more targeted ways.
By - September 2004 Issue, Posted Sep 09, 2004
Picture this. You’re going to visit relatives across the country; to amuse yourself on the journey you take a few movies and favorite TV shows, a couple of audio books, a few thousand of your favorite songs, and an inordinate number of new photos to show your family when you arrive. So what did you have to cram in your carry-on? Nothing more than a slim Portable Media Center (PMC) that takes up about as much room as a couple of CD cases.
By - September 2004 Issue, Posted Sep 07, 2004
Newspapers grew out of local communities’ need to communicate, for the most part, the more mundane aspects of life, but over time, the newspaper’s role shifted from community service tool to expertise and entertainment vehicle. The Northwest Voice has gleaned a lot of press for being one of the first print and Web newspapers to be produced almost completely by voluntary contributions, in its case, from the people living in the northwest part of the Bakersfield, CA community it serves.
By - September 2004 Issue, Posted Sep 03, 2004
Increasing complaints by new media firms that big-name media companies are blocking their access to content has prompted EU Competition Commissioner Mario Monti to launch an investigation. Speaking before an audience of telecommunications and entertainment companies in Brussels, Monti said his office would open an inquiry later this year into the provision of content—music, films, and sports—over the Internet for such services as video-on-demand (VoD).
By - September 2004 Issue, Posted Sep 01, 2004
Disagreement in understanding can make a big difference in the end result of an IT project. In a discussion involving data, the terms content management, digital asset management, enterprise content management, and even enterprise resources management may be bandied about almost interchangeably. In business, things can get tricky surprisingly fast if the meaning of certain terms isn’t clear to everyone.
By - July/August 2004 Issue, Posted Aug 19, 2004
It would seem that traditional publishers have much to teach other types of organizations about the digital content mantra: Create once, use many. And what better way to use a CMS than to channel content into multiple outlets, allowing an initial expense to yield multiple revenue streams. But in reality, are traditional media companies deploying content management systems?
By - July/August 2004 Issue, Posted Aug 16, 2004
Trials of a national identity card system in the United Kingdom are producing some mixed results as well as some protests from privacy advocates, but will likely get more testing as well as continued support from government officials, according to industry analysts.
By - July/August 2004 Issue, Posted Aug 12, 2004
The Adobe PDF has become the de facto standard for distributing documents on the Web. Yet the story can’t simply end there, can it? Surely technology must find a way for digital publishing to evolve, and, in fact, there are a number of competing and complementary technologies on the market that push the digital delivery methodology well beyond the elementary PDF.
By - July/August 2004 Issue, Posted Aug 11, 2004
Ever wish that you could know the temperature outside without having to read any numbers? Are you the type of person who can’t resist going online every five minutes to check the price of your Ebay auction or your stock portfolio? Well a company called Ambient Devices is designing with you in mind.
By - July/August 2004 Issue, Posted Aug 09, 2004
When Doyal Bryant recently took over as CEO of Market Central, Inc., a CRM portal company, he realized that he’d inherited a diamond in the rough. This particular gem was an “intent-based” deductive search engine that was “just sitting there” within the company languishing, according to Bryant. Just released to the general market, this gem has been dubbed SourceWare Search, and with the release, he’s anxious to see if it shines. The company has begun selling licenses and believes the product will appeal to both the commercial and enterprise markets.
By - July/August 2004 Issue, Posted Aug 05, 2004
Ofcom, the regulatory agency for the U.K. communications industries, has proposed a universal content tagging system, according to a consultation document on their Web site. Although this is still very much at the preliminary stage, one of the goals of the proposal is to provide a way to label content that might be offensive or inappropriate, ostensibly to protect young people using electronic media.
By - July/August 2004 Issue, Posted Jul 26, 2004
It’s enterprise everything these days. With the exception of gadgets, start big and get bigger seems to be the American way. But Macromedia took a different approach with its products from the start. It focused first on the single user with a need to create an attractive site. Then, with its Contribute product, Macromedia stepped up its offerings to teams and small businesses that wanted to more easily create and update site content. A few weeks ago, the company officially tossed its hat into the enterprise ring with the introduction of its Macromedia Web Publishing System. As much a strategy as a solution, the System combines new versions of Contribute and FlashPaper with Studio MX 2004, and adds Macromedia Contribute Publishing Services to unify and empower the suite to scale up to meet the needs of organization-wide deployments.
By - July/August 2004 Issue, Posted Jul 20, 2004
Scholarly research has come a long way since the days of poring over stacks at the library, and search engine companies are beginning to explore the particular opportunities within academic research. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one of the most venerated American institutes of higher learning, made its own foray into the search market with DSpace, a joint project with Hewlett-Packard that was first launched in 2002. DSpace is open-source software designed to assist colleges and universities in creating, managing, and maintaining digital repositories. There are currently about 125 schools using this software, but no tool existed that enabled searching across repositories instead of just within them. Enter Google into DSpace.
By - July/August 2004 Issue, Posted Jul 19, 2004
In an effort to release wireless’ potential, the the New Media Institute (NMI) has launched a Mobile Media Consortium to foster collaborative relationships with mobile-minded companies.
By - June 2004 Issue, Posted Jun 21, 2004
In March 2004, representatives from 48 leading non-profit medical and scientific societies and publishers announced their commitment to providing free access and distribution of published research findings.
By - June 2004 Issue, Posted Jun 11, 2004
In these days of random hacking and other senseless acts of computer violence, how do you give the people the information they need to do their jobs wherever they are doing them, without saddling them with long delays or sacrificing computer security?
By - June 2004 Issue, Posted Jun 09, 2004
Most Americans have at least a general understanding of the atrocities of slavery, but that knowledge likely comes from middle school history class, the media, and works from historical figures such as Frederick Douglass. One aspect many are not aware of is how geographically widespread slavery was and how it extended far beyond the small set of Confederate states all the way to the golden state of California.
By - June 2004 Issue, Posted Jun 07, 2004
A serendipitous result of the vast amount of information now available on the Internet is that it can be sifted and used by organizations for the betterment of the general population. While some of the health conscious may surf for nutritional data or new exercises, the possible impact of widespread access to this type of information extends far beyond, to diseases that are mysterious, life altering, and—thus far—incurable.
By - June 2004 Issue, Posted Jun 04, 2004
What we think we know about digital asset management and collaboration by teams using rich media assets constantly changes. Today the process differs from only a few years ago due to modern work habits, the economic downturn, and the increased use of outsourced service providers to manage and contribute broadly to projects.
By - June 2004 Issue, Posted Jun 04, 2004
Later this year, Adobe plans release a series of new 2D barcode technology products dubbed the Intelligent Document Platform. The product line, which was beta released at the March AIIM On Demand show, is aimed at government and enterprise users who have to process a mix of online and offline forms.
By - June 2004 Issue, Posted Jun 01, 2004
As the portal market matures, users are looking at more innovative ways to combine external content with their internal systems, and recent and emerging standards just may make the process easier for portal providers and customers alike.
By - May 2004 Issue, Posted May 17, 2004
When you think about it, a Web site’s primary purpose is to provide content to visitors, but the real trick is presenting the most relevant content for any given visitor at any particular moment in time. While the objective may be clear, the process of generating dynamic content isn’t.
By - May 2004 Issue, Posted May 12, 2004
Most companies rely on several team members to create documents or employ a review process where a file passes through a potentially labyrinthine approval hierarchy. While word processing tools have eliminated issues like trying to read a colleague’s indecipherable handwriting or epic retyping projects, they come with their own shortcomings. Add to the process the advantages and limitations of email and the need to ensure that workers can use familiar office software in secure, accurate, efficient, and traceable ways becomes increasingly important.
By - May 2004 Issue, Posted May 12, 2004
Nintendo’s Gameboy has been strengthening kids’ thumb muscles since its introduction over a decade ago. But those countless hours of button smashing were invariably spent doing one thing: playing games.
By - May 2004 Issue, Posted May 10, 2004
On May 1st, 10 countries joined the European Union’s existing 15 members, increasing the EU’s GDP by 5% to W 9.6 trillion, its population by 20% to 454 million, and its official languages by 82% from 11 to 20.
By - May 2004 Issue, Posted May 06, 2004
While all enterprise-level IT projects prove to be difficult and risky undertakings, a deeper examination of the ECM challenge in particular will reveal an endemic inattention to its critical corollary: the need for Enterprise Information Architecture.
By - May 2004 Issue, Posted May 05, 2004
In 1990, before the World Wide Web played a role in the lives of the general public, the Library of Congress (LoC) set out to build a digital library.
By - May 2004 Issue, Posted May 03, 2004
In stark contrast to last year’s show, when economic concerns (and terrible weather) kept people away, this year’s AIIM On Demand Conference and Expo, held in New York City March 8-10, featured crowded hallways and standing room-only attendance at many vendor presentations.
By - May 2004 Issue, Posted May 01, 2004
In the world of content management, the road to bliss can only be found when content flows efficiently, with nothing hindering it on its path to usefulness. While content management can function to keep businesses healthy and profitable, unstructured information has the potential to weigh companies down in content chaos.
By - April 2004 Issue, Posted Apr 23, 2004
According to many publishers large and small, the contextual ad programs set up by the major search engines and some other ad networks are spreading ad revenue wealth generously. But will it last?
By - April 2004 Issue, Posted Apr 19, 2004
Who wants to read a whale of a book like Moby Dick on a minnow of a display like a PDA? So instead of fighting this fact of life, a new, yet not so new, technology has risen to the challenge: epaper.
By - April 2004 Issue, Posted Apr 13, 2004
In an effort to simplify the searching process and bring more meaning and context to the results, a number of search engines and tools have been developed over the last several years that present a visual map of the results, rather than a text list.
By - April 2004 Issue, Posted Apr 07, 2004
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