Archive for the ‘information’ Category

Documentum vs. Sharepoint?

June 7, 2007

What! I thought EMC and MS were working together to make these two products compliment each other!!

Well Johnny has a list of eight differences between the products. The key differences are not competitive though. For example Sharepoint integrates with MS Office (duh)…..while Documentum provides the integration to non MS apps….hmm this makes sense :) The rest of the differences outlined by Johny show some clear scenarios where you would want to implement one over the other…

Thanks Johnny!!

Information Infrastructure

March 22, 2007

Looks like EMC is going to start promoting their new message to customers and potential customers….


There is no mention of informationist, or informationitis although the underlying message is the same…

Ever dream of being published?

February 20, 2007

You know who you are, you know a piece of technology inside and out, you have deployed it and have fixed it in almost every scenario imaginable, and everytime you read a blog, website, or magazine you think (why am I reading this, I already know this)….

Well smarty pants, My new favorite Microsoft focused magazine wants to publish YOU!!

This is really kind of cool, Josh Hoff is working on a great walk through of the process to help you get your article published. I know you could do something similar with Redmond magazine or the plethora of other rags out there…..but Technet magazine is aggressively looking to publish you (not some tech writer who doesn’t know anything about the technology)… experienced techie who knows how things work. So what should you do?

Step 1: Write a proposal

(take the example in the post, reword it, send it in)

I wonder when we’ll get an EMC focused Magazine…..

Curing Informationitis

January 26, 2007

It really did start out as a joke, Informationitis…. but the term is quite fitting to the problem at hand. As I think about it more, there is more to say about it. If you stop and think about the information problem, you’ll realize that there really area lot of Technology departments that don’t know what to do with information. You know what I’m talking about, IT departments that are filled with kernel programmers, Layer 2 protocol developers, and ham radio operators…..Lacking in a lot of these departments are the actual IT workers (yes devs are needed, admins are needed, helpdesk is needed, but that can all be outsourced)….people who understand how the technology solves the business problems and can make the technology solve those problems is hard to come by.

A lot of technology departments are starting to realize there is this job they have called managing information with technology…..To do this, all the old and new standards a being implemented (ITIL, MOF, CobiT, etc)….hmm, kind of odd – maybe these technologists should have pursued information management a little more heavily from the start…

Now wait a minute, a lot of you aren’t even this far up the chain yet!! ok, fine! Chuck, of course. has some advice for you on how to influence a change in your organization. Perhaps you should take a look and evaluate where technology can really provide value to the business overall? There is usually a broad range of places to start and Chuck of course outlines the primary places that most people are having trouble with. Before you get to the standards approach, think about the organization, the business, and the value of using and re-using your existing data to drive value throughout the business….then begin a thought out approach to showing that value to your peers.

Of course if you’d prefer to wait, there are groups of people researching and discussing the intricacies of handling information and may be able to generate better tools to help the consumption….this research and the outcomes still won’t solve the management of all your data, although it may help hide the underlying problem.