This week, Microsoft made an interesting announcement – launching Microsoft Purview, bringing ‘almost’ all its Information Governance products under a single banner, and theoretically at least, into a single home.
IG is not easily defined or categorized; it is more of a concept than practice. Even so, it’s a critical concept, particularly in a world of information overload, rising IT costs, economic uncertainty, and upheaval. Bringing some order to chaos should be an appealing concept, and if properly guided, a practice that should receive a more welcome embrace than it does today.
The fixed-page concept seems like one that is near eternal, but just as the world of web content management moved from fixed pages to dynamic content delivery, so too is the back office moving in that direction. We will be publishing a more detailed study shortly, but for now, let’s just say ‘stuff’ may be about to hit the fan for some.
One of the reasons eSignatures are not as widely used as they could be is the cost. Though Box’s announcement this week that they are essentially bundling this functionality for free in its platform takes that barrier away, at least for Box customers. But a more significant reason appears to be the complexity of configuring and using these systems.
You can read more about the arcane world of file migration in our recent report, but though this Analyst Note focuses on Box Shuttle, the fact is we are seeing a surge of interest across the board in moving files to the cloud. And that shift opens up a wide range of new opportunities and challenges for firms to adapt, and to innovate in ways they could not do while keeping files on-premises.
For existing customers and community members of Nuxeo, Hylands continued approach to managing the open-source community and all that stands for will also be something to watch closely. Probably the most intriguing acquisition of the last year for us, it’s an odd one for sure, and very likely not the last of 2021.
If we were to believe the industry hype, a firm like Gimmal would not be in growth mode. Instead, it would be weathering a storm of big brands like Microsoft, Box, Dropbox & Amazon essentially commoditizing their markets. In reality, though, as we have loudly proclaimed regularly in our research, information management is complicated and hard to do well, indeed in a world of more and more information and increased regulation, the challenges grow more significant by the day.
The EFSS market is mature in that a handful of vendors now dominate. Similarly, it is mature in that the core technology foundations have stabilized, though there are differences to compare and contrast. But that does not tell the whole story, as EFSS systems continues to sell at a surprisingly fast clip.