Blockchain for Information Management

Blockchain is best known for its use by the alternative and controversial currency market and most notably Bitcoin. But Blockchain is not Bitcoin nor is Blockchain an alternative/crypto currency. Rather Blockchain is an underlying distributed ledger technology (DLT) that can be used in many different contexts other than Bitcoin. In fact, we are already seeing … Continue reading Blockchain for Information Management

Machine Learning as an alternative to rule based processes

There’s a lot of discussion about machine learning these days and pretty much every one (vendors, users) is talking about it. I remember attending courses on Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and even Artificial Neural Networks back in 1998. So what’s new? How have AI and ML evolved? I think a big reason why everyone is … Continue reading Machine Learning as an alternative to rule based processes

Fatwire "Rescues" Interwoven and Vignette

Forrester recently named Fatwire a Leader in their WCM for external Sites Quadrant. And the folks at Fatwire have already called two of their fellow-quads (for the lack of a better term), Interwoven and Vignette as legacy WCM products! Incidentally, Interwoven sits nicely in the Leader quadrant in the same report and was also named the fastest growing … Continue reading Fatwire "Rescues" Interwoven and Vignette

Open Text acquires Vignette

After Autonomy/Interwoven and Oracle/Sun news, here comes the third big news of the year. If Unilever can have multiple soaps and GM can have multiple car models, why can't a Content Management vendor have multiple products? OT's acquisition of Vignette points to this increasing "commoditization" of Content Management marketplace. There may be a lot of overlaps in … Continue reading Open Text acquires Vignette

Oracle buys Sun

Oracle announced it will acquire Sun. Another big Portal/Content Management vendor is now an infrastructure vendor. Sometimes I wonder if  everything will soon become an appliance - you buy a Solaris box and it will come bundled not only with the OS (obviously) but also with WebCenter (or one of the numerous Oracle Portal type products), … Continue reading Oracle buys Sun

Autonomy Acquires Interwoven

It was a usual hectic day at work when I read about this sudden interesting development of Interwoven to be acquired by Autonomy. You can read more about it at CMS Watch and CMS Wire. I felt a bit sad - Interwoven was one of the few pure play CMS vendors and pioneered many of the Content … Continue reading Autonomy Acquires Interwoven

Goodbye 2008, Welcome 2009

Okay so another year comes to an end and while we welcome the new year, here's a look at some of the themes (in a random order) of the year gone by that might have an impact on the Content Technologies next year. Verticalized Applications Content Management Systems as horizontal solutions have been there for … Continue reading Goodbye 2008, Welcome 2009

Gadgets and Widgets as an alternative to Portlets

A new trend that I am seeing these days is emergence of gadgets (widgets, dashlets, blocklets) and mashups. These basically provide a quick and dirty way to create portal *like* applications. They are light weight and less expensive as compared to your typical portal servers. iGoogle is probably the biggest example of their success on … Continue reading Gadgets and Widgets as an alternative to Portlets

Commercial Offerings from Open Source Product Vendors

Two vendors released their commercial offerings based on very popular open source products. Earlier this month, Acquia released commercial Drupal which is a collection of popular 3rd party applications packaged with Drupal to extend its social publishing capabilities. Liferay also followed and released an enterprise edition of its Portal product. The enterprise edition will be a commercially … Continue reading Commercial Offerings from Open Source Product Vendors