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ECM Management Shuffles… change ahead?

Experience has taught us never to read too much into senior executive changes at prominent software companies. For sure, when a CEO is replaced, you can expect some change, but legacy software firms are difficult animals to tether. Companies that have come to rely on maintenance revenues can have some great new ideas, a change …

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Where is the innovation?

Advent doesn’t start yet so it’s not too late to get a ‘bah humbug’ piece published in 2019… so here goes. This past year at Deep Analysis we have taken almost 150 briefings with technology vendors, some great, some ok, some terrible, but nevertheless all interesting. Analysts have long been trained to hold back and …

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OpenText to bridge the governance vs security divide?

Once again, I have to spend time with Law Enforcement and Lawyers; fortunately, this time around, it’s at the EnFuse OpenText conference in Las Vegas. It’s the security conference that isn’t – in the sense that it’s more about compliance, legal and forensics than an RSA conference would be. Though we don’t specialize in security …

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Crossing the Abbyy Road

RPA vendors want to automate more sophisticated processes, BPM vendors wish to capture more regular transactions. Content management firms want to gain more insight into the content they store; analytics vendors want to manage their content more carefully. The lines are starting to blur, and frankly, it’s about time. But turning such huge and well-established technology silos is no easy undertaking, so patience is unfortunately still required.

Dropbox Launches Large File Transfer

Large File Transfers (LFT’s), in other words, files over 40MB have long been a challenge. Most systems max out below that level and either reject the move or default to some kind of folder link. Specialist vendors such as WeTransfer and FileMail have provided systems to meet the need. FTP (File Transfer Protocol) also a …

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AI for RM?

This past week I was speaking and running a workshop at the annual ARMA event, this year held in the home of country music, Nashville, TN. As the sound of Dolly, Brad & Patsy echoed across the Gaylord Opryland, gathered together here were the best and the brightest in the world of Records Management.  It …

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Mover moves to Microsoft

Microsoft recently acquired the Alberta, Canada based file migration company Mover. It’s an interesting acquisition that though unsurprising, illustrates the challenges that firms like Microsoft, Box & Dropbox all face in getting people to move legacy systems to newer platforms. In short, enterprise files are stored all over the place, are often inaccessible and seldom …

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Enterprises beware of Deep Learning

As AI works its way into the enterprise, we have noticed one particular term gaining traction, that of ‘Deep Learning.’ Both in conversations with buyers of AI and technology vendors of AI, Deep Learning appears to have caught the imagination. That is worrisome as Deep Learning is a branch of AI that promises a lot, but you should approach it with extreme caution.

The dialectic of buyer & seller technology conversations

Dialectic – The tension or opposition between two interacting forces or elements Technology vendors cannot resist telling industry analysts that they replaced their rivals (Documentum, IBM, SAP, etc.) at a new client. Rarely are those bold assertions true. In the vast majority of situations, the new vendor is now running alongside their rival. Rather than …

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Did Cisco just make a big Blockchain mistake?

We are currently finalizing a new report on Enterprise Blockchain. This research has allowed us to spend time looking at the market globally, its trajectory, and its potential value. It has also allowed us to talk to both vendors and users of Blockchain to understand and codify the core use cases. There have been some …

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