Adobe's recently announced intelligent forms designer product expects to target three main users: the graphical designer who is interested in the look of the form, the developer who writes text for the document, and the business user who needs to be able to edit the form but lacks the technical skills of a developer. Adobe expects it will be ready to ship in early 2004 and you can bet that one way or another you will encounter the product before long.
It is a case of musical Darwinism. When your career spans decades, it is inevitable that you have adapted to the times in order to survive. Such is the case with Metallica and Pearl Jam who have both made major strides in adapting to the use of the Internet for digitally distributing their music.
No stranger to the rise and fall of marketing budgets, Leopard, a business-to-business marketing communications services provider, saw a need for outsourcing the digital asset management that effective marketing mandates. After frequently finding itself in the position of actually having to create technologies to better deliver marketing messages, the company added technology services or “business process outsourcing” to its traditional role as developer and deliverer of marketing strategies.
Thanks to an innovative digitization project adopted by the British Library, appropriately called Turning the Pages (TTP), patrons are now able to digitally view collections of priceless rare books.
The security of customer information and customer-facing applications has gotten plently of attention, thanks in part to some spectacular gaffes. But only a few leading-edge enterprises have implemented content security practices within the organization.
- July 2003 Issue, Posted Jul 20, 2003
One of the most maligned delivery systems from the early days of the over-hyped Web is ready for its second act…and this time it wants to pay its own way. Is push being pulled back into the digital delivery mix?
- July 2003 Issue, Posted Jul 20, 2003
While the end-user experience is as important today as ever, a tougher business climate is forcing reevaluation of CDNs’ value. Some CDNs have simply fallen by the wayside, and the rest are under increasing pressure to justify their expense in terms of ROI.
- July 2003 Issue, Posted Jul 18, 2003
When EContent looked at P2P last year, much of P2P's promise for B2B was still only theoretical, but this year we were surprised to see how quickly a number of organizations are exploring various types of peer-to-peer content delivery for internal and business-to-business purposes.
- July 2003 Issue, Posted Jul 13, 2003
While many in the econtent industry have sought growth through all things to all people strategies, Hoover's developed a simple formula for success that they call SMB2. This equation translates into the company's focus on the Sales, Marketing, and Business development professionals found in Small and Medium sized Businesses.
- Posted Jul 11, 2003
When the company adopted the name Neoteris, they believed the definition, new land, reflected their mission of "pioneering a new land in simple, secure remote access." But three years later, these self-styled frontiersmen have set their sites on taking over some turf from the Web-based conferencing and collaboration providers.
- Posted Jul 08, 2003
Sonic Foundry, the company that has been known as a digital audio and video software developer, now bills itself as a provider of professional digital media solutions, focused on enterprise rich media applications.
- July 2003 Issue, Posted Jul 08, 2003
Remember when a Social Security Number was supposed to be a top-secret identifier for government use only? Now SSNs are bandied about and companies don't blink before asking you for such personal information. As a result, people have a great deal of valuable personal data that needs to be secured and managed and a new law in California, the Security Breach Notification Act (SB 1386) intends to keep your information safe and sound.
- Posted Jul 01, 2003
Though perhaps not as well known to the general public as the Nielsen Media Research "Nielsen Ratings," Gallup is practically synonymous with the origins of widespread opinion polling.
- July 2003 Issue, Posted Jul 01, 2003
The fallout from the actions of the New York Times reporter Jayson Blair has been pervasive.
- July 2003 Issue, Posted Jun 30, 2003
A variety of serious problems plague university libraries and the MIT Press believes they just solved (at least) one of them.
- July 2003 Issue, Posted Jun 24, 2003
An incredible number of companies today have corporate portals, yet despite widespread deployment, they remain an enigma. Even with this huge commitment of money and resources, companies often find that their portals remain underutilized.
- June 2003 Issue, Posted Jun 23, 2003
There is a strong case for everyday organizations to syndicate their content. Producing high-quality content for a Web site is expensive, so why not realize more value from it by distributing the information as widely as possible?
- June 2003 Issue, Posted Jun 19, 2003
While companies need their content locked up tight, they also need those intended to use that content to be able to do so with a minimum of hurdle-jumping. InnerPresence, which officially launched its first product InnerEye in June, has set its sights on doing just that.
- June 2003 Issue, Posted Jun 16, 2003
With the arrival of Yahoo! Platinum service, the former directory-only Web site announced it was jumping into the pay-for-streaming arena. Sounds good, but in fact, this launch came a full two years after RealNetworks made a similar move. What took Yahoo! and many others so long?
- June 2003 Issue, Posted Jun 13, 2003
As the Internet continues to evolve, consumers are getting used to the fact that the Web no longer provides a free ride and are beginning to pay for a wide range of online content. To capitalize on this trend, AT&T partnered with Accenture to launch its PrePaid Web Cents Service.
- June 2003 Issue, Posted Jun 09, 2003
How did a 200-year-old French library turn to an American company with headquarters in Alabama and Missouri to help them whip their catalogue into shape? Not unlike the library’s own epic history, the search for solutions took a meandering route.
- June 2003 Issue, Posted Jun 09, 2003
The war in Iraq has brought censorship to the forefront again, particularly when the faces of American prisoners of war were shown online. This put ISPs in the tricky position of supervising what content makes it online.
- June 2003 Issue, Posted Jun 05, 2003
Anyone in the content business who's lately heard a humming that sounds something like WebFountain but couldn't quite make out a distinct message, listen up. According to Robert Carlson, vice president of IBM's WebFountain project, they are "coming out."
- June 2003 Issue, Posted Jun 02, 2003
Not only is it exceedingly simple to buy listings by keyword and phrase, search engine pay-for-performance is now a billion dollar industry and the fastest growing form of advertising anywhere. Now whenever and wherever a business- or consumer-related search is entered, the results are likely to include ads.
- May 2003 Issue, Posted May 23, 2003
The 2003 AIIM Enterprise Content Management conference in New York City April 7-9 shed light on some emerging themes in the ECM market.
- June 2003 Issue, Posted May 22, 2003
If a digital asset archive is the answer to your rich-media storage needs, be sure you ask the right questions to get a solution that will meet your needs for some time to come.
- May 2003 Issue, Posted May 19, 2003
A look at seven CM case studies in an effort to demonstrate content management’s objectives and abilities in helping solve some of the diverse informational and data problems faced by institutions and businesses today.
- May 2003 Issue, Posted May 19, 2003
The press has not hesitated to cover attempts by large corporations, such as Disney, to extend copyrights seemingly indefinitely. There is another side to the issue, however: the side of the creators themselves.
- May 2003 Issue, Posted May 12, 2003
Building upon its leadership position as a pay-for-performance search engine, Overture will acquire both the Web search unit of Norway's FAST Search & Transfer, a developer of search and real-time filtering technologies, and AltaVista, a pioneer in Web search technology and the oldest crawler-based search engine.
- May 2003 Issue, Posted May 08, 2003
XML has been touted as the next big thing in enterprise software and Web services for awhile now, but nothing signals its mass acceptance more clearly than industry behemoth Microsoft embracing XML and delivering its power to corporate desktops everywhere.
- May 2003 Issue, Posted May 05, 2003
Faced with a growing number of competitors in the electronic document delivery space, Adobe—the granddaddy of digital delivery—will strive to set itself apart from the pack with the release of Acrobat 6.0.
- May 2003 Issue, Posted May 05, 2003
While MAMBO, the former name of WebWare's DAM Solution, may have evoked a light-hearted Latin-dance image, the latest generation renamed ActiveMedia, is all business.
- April 2003 Issue, Posted Apr 30, 2003
In the wake of Napster and other such fallen heroes to the fans of freebies, a new leader has emerged—Kazaa. Kazaa has done a lot right: It is free, it offers a wide variety of entertainment for download, and it has strategically based itself in geographically remote locations that left it untouchable legally—or so it seemed.
- April 2003 Issue, Posted Apr 30, 2003
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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