Features

The latest generation of portal, CM, and elearning solutions all have one thing in common: improved ease of use. Well, at least the aspiration to allow less-technical members of the digital content food chain to more easily use these previously complex systems.
By - April 2003 Issue, Posted Apr 23, 2003
As much as you may claim to be, or hope to be, all knowing, chances are good that you're not. But if you combine your knowledge, with my knowledge, with the knowledge of 7,000 or so others around the world, chances are good that we are collectively a whole lot smarter than we are individually.
By - April 2003 Issue, Posted Apr 23, 2003
Whether online or off, content providers adore the subscription model…and for good reason. Getting a user to commit to content at a bundled price is about as sweet a transaction as one can imagine. Yet more efficient, “friction-less” micropayment systems—for vendors and consumers—could open up whole new revenue models.
By - April 2003 Issue, Posted Apr 23, 2003
The days when end-users grappled fruitlessly with arcane command searching at destination sites are gone and the era of frustrating, scattershot Internet searching may be nearing its end. Instead, the workplace has been redefined as a rich data universe, from which customized content streams directly to the individual knowledge worker’s desktop.
By - April 2003 Issue, Posted Apr 23, 2003
Dave Shaffer, currently the chief executive officer for Thomson Financial, has worn many hats at The Thomson Corporation. Under Shaffer’s leadership, the company recently announced a deal with Merrill Lynch that sends a clear message to the econtent industry: There’s money to be made with the right content, audience, and delivery formula. We spoke to Shaffer about the electronic content industry and he offers his views on the current state of the industry.
By - April 2003 Issue, Posted Apr 23, 2003
For some industries, access to real-time information provides calculable advantages. Take the investment sector, for one. Successful traders require an almost extra-sensory ability to intuit the ways in which major mergers and minor management changes will affect a stock's worth. These shifts can occur minute-by-minute and translate into to hard-earned or hard-lost money measured in seconds.
By - April 2003 Issue, Posted Apr 16, 2003
In the wake of terrorist attacks and with a war in Iraq looming, the government has begun to take precautions to ensure the security of online information. The current political climate has also prompted legislation aimed to ensure that governmental sites are effective at disseminating information as well as that governmental databases be effective and interrelated.
By - March 2003 Issue, Posted Apr 16, 2003
As the Web continues to evolve as a powerful way to deliver content, scientists and mathematicians find it quite challenging to effectively present their research online. Not having a standard comprehensive font even for print, academics have learned to beg and borrow from a variety of fonts to get the appropriate Greek and mathematical symbols they need when writing dissertations.
By - March 2003 Issue, Posted Apr 08, 2003
In their potential breadth and complexity, the new breed of Content Integration solutions resemble their older Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) analogues from the data world, but CI tools also bring their own unique dimensions related to the way contemporary organizations want to use content.
By - March 2003 Issue, Posted Apr 08, 2003
For all its potential good use, the same data has great potential for misuse—either inadvertent or intentional. A new breed of “Hippocratic Databases” is emerging as one way to empower and protect databased content.
By - March 2003 Issue, Posted Apr 08, 2003
Whether you’re training employees on a new product, hawking a product to potential customers, or pitching shareholders on a new vision for the future, the more efficient and effective way may be through digital video.
By - March 2003 Issue, Posted Apr 08, 2003
More and more, enterprise IT departments must find a way to integrate data across different platforms from a variety of data sources and many are turning to XML as an integration tool.
By - March 2003 Issue, Posted Apr 01, 2003
Automatic-categorization—it's coming, it could be big, and it could hurt.
November 2002 Issue, Posted Nov 01, 2002
Today, we find ourselves adrift in a sea of information. There's information all around us—on our hard drives, our organizations' databases, the Internet, printed documents, commercial publications, emails, subscription-based services—yet we're frustrated when trying to locate and use it.
By - June 2002 Issue, Posted Jun 01, 2002
With ad revenues flying south for the recession—where they join the still-vacationing venture capital dollars—publishers have had no choice but to make the one-time pipe dreams of fee-based revenue strategies into a business reality. In the last six months alone, major brands have rolled out premium services. Meanwhile, sites with existing premium areas have radically refocused their efforts behind the sub-wall. Conventional wisdom, always fickle under the best of circumstances, has shifted suddenly, and new strategies have emerged.
By - February 2002 Issue, Posted Feb 01, 2002
Like a relay runner left without a teammate to hand the baton, the Salt Lake Organizing Committee began a furious search for a technology partner to replace both Quokka and Logictier as the clock continued to count down. After holding preliminary talks with a number of high-profile prospects, viable options were beginning to dwindle. Finally, in June, just seven months before the games were to begin, SLOC struck a deal with Microsoft/MSNBC to host and produce the official sites for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
By - February 2002 Issue, Posted Feb 01, 2002
Content management is the strategic application of technology, content, and people resources to leverage business processes and create competitive advantage.
By - November 2001 Issue, Posted Nov 01, 2001
When E*Trade launched its online community in the summer of 1998, it found itself in uncharted waters. No financial brokerage had ever given voice to its customers in such a public forum. The risks were great, but E*Trade wanted to strengthen the notion that financial matters are integrated into our lives: We share experiences, offer advice, commiserate, speculate. Despite the risks (e.g., liability issues, potential for censorship, and the complex rules governing corporate financial information), E*Trade's online community began as a general set of discussions on topics like retirement planning, Internet stocks, and mutual funds.
By - September 2001 Issue, Posted Sep 01, 2001
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