A Whole New World, Again

Chris Pine as Captain KirkWhile the industry was aflutter talking about the fall and rise of the CIP certification, I was planning my next big thing. My next big thing has happened and I am now a director at IBC, a DBS Company.

What does that mean? Well it means that I’ve joined a team of people that focus on solving problems, regardless of scale. One observation from a client regarding IBC was that they solve problems that need solving. That fits nicely with my goal to make things work.

Why IBC?

To put it simply, I know the team. When I started writing this blog back in 2007, I was working for a consulting firm here in the DC area. I stayed there for five years, rising to director, because of the people and the culture. IBC was founded by the same team and they have created a similar culture. Over the years, many trusted former colleagues have joined IBC, giving me confidence in the type of organization I was joining.

Knowing and trusting people when entering a new environment is a huge benefit. As they trust me, I have been able to get a more balanced view of the company. As a result, my normal 3-6 month high-comfort level acclimation period is already zooming by at a rapid pace.

My decision, of course, was based upon more than knowing the people. There is a solid competence possessed by the staff that I have met. While out on my own last spring I worked on a project with IBC and was able to see their competence applied where it mattered, at the client site.

What does Director Mean Anyway?

I am driving a lot of what I do at IBC. Obviously I will be supporting existing efforts and clients at IBC. I will also be building upon IBC’s past successes to create new opportunities.

What does that mean?

Things are going to evolve over time but the short answer is that I am going to be focusing on information governance.

Shocking news, right?

IBC has already been doing work in enterprise content management (ECM) with Alfresco, SharePoint, and a few other solutions giving IBC a story to tell even without my presence. IBC also has experience with business intelligence, master data management, and integration which leads into two growth areas.

  • Content Analytics: Let’s look at the content so we can get predictive about things that are going to happen. In addition we can start auto-categorizing content so that the proper records policies are automatically applied.
  • Digital Transformation: IBC has worked on transformation projects at scale but there is a huge demand lower down the organizational food chain. Having the right information in the right place to make the right decision without shuffling through paper and multiple systems makes a huge difference in being able to execute your organization’s mission.

When you mix IBC’s record of solving the right problem, strong technical background, and experience doing a lot of this work already with my decades of experience, there is a bright future.

What’s Next?

Kirk using finger to blow up ships during the Kobayashi Maru testI started a week ago so I’m already working on putting things together and getting to know everyone here at IBC. Meanwhile I’m going to be doing what I’ve always done, help clients with their problems and try to find other that I can help.

Really, nothing has changed. I will still be talking, writing, and participating in the broader community. I am committed to helping the CIP grow stronger and to working with everyone to finally solve the content and information challenges that I’ve been tackling my whole career.

And just like last week, month, and year, I’m always ready to help people solve their information problems.

AIIM Awoke the Sleeping Community and Listened

Paul Atreides from DuneLast week I shared my opinions on AIIM cancelling the CIP certification program. Similar opinions were shared in many blogs (Mark Owen compiled a nice list), tweets, LinkedIn, and many other channels. I don’t want to dwell on the specifics of those posts because an important thing happened shortly afterwards. Just seven days after AIIM announced the end of the CIP, AIIM reversed course and recommitted to the CIP with the promise of an update at the 2016 AIIM conference.

That’s right. The CIP IS BACK and it is because of the community.

That doesn’t mean that all is right in the universe. If anything, this chaos reveals to us that there are real problems out there. Luckily we also learned that there are passionate people in the community who can be roused to action when they feel they can make a difference.

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The CIP, A Lost Opportunity

[EDIT: 1 week after killing it, AIIM restored the CIP after the community’s feelings about the CIP became known. Read my initial thoughts.]

Sadness from Inside Out CryingFor those that may not have heard, AIIM is killing off the Certified Information Professional (CIP) certification.

We’d like to share an exciting development with you.

To categorize the news as disappointing is a massive understatement. AIIM dumping the news on a Friday afternoon shows that AIIM knew that this would not be well received. In many ways I feel that AIIM has turned its back on the industry with this action. I am just a bit angry at that development.

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Ada Lovelace Day 2015

What I wouldn't give to have a conversation with Ada LovelaceAda Lovelace Day snuck up on me this year. While I had thought-out topics the last two years, making events more welcoming to women and sharing about tech women in my family, I hadn’t planned anything out for this year. Part of that is on me but the rest seems to reflect a malaise I have seen of late.

While I have continued to see people working to improve the diversity in technology, I have seen a lot less fervor in the past few months. It is as if people have put efforts in cruise control. I know that many things happen outside of my awareness but in the world that I observe there has been less discussion of getting more women into technology.

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Dell, EMC, and Poor Documentum

Even with our fights, I never wanted it to come to thisI haven’t blogged in a while for various reasons that I won’t get into in this post but recent news demands that I share some thoughts. It seems that barring a better offer, Dell is going to buy EMC for a LOT of money.

Now the numbers don’t really matter to me as I don’t hold stock in any of the players except perhaps in some retirement mutual fund to which I never really pay attention. What I care about is the fate of the Enterprise Content Division (ECD), the home of Documentum.

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Making the Digital Workplace Work

Armless Black Knight kicking King ArthurI recently wrote an article at CMS Wire about how Intranets have been eclipsed by the advent of new tools like enterprise social networks (ESNs). Like the old web, Intranets, and the portals that were often created in their name, didn’t really serve much of a purpose outside a large bulletin board. Efforts were made to make them more useful but without addressing a real need, those efforts often came to naught.

The concept of an ESN works better because it is a place where people can come together and work. I’m not talking Facebook in the office. That is crazy. I am talking something more akin to Yammer. I am talking about taking the break room and moving it online for organizations that are collaborative in nature but may not be co-located.

My good friend Jed Cawthorne took exception to my article. He said Forget ESN’s, Give me a Digital Workplace.

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Box Makes a Huge Leap in Security

The Keymaster and Gatekeeper from GhostbustersI saw the Box’s announcement of their Enterprise Key Management (EKM) feature yesterday. This is a big jump forward for Box and puts them well in the front lines for cloud security among vendors with traction. Matt Weinberger had a good write-up about how Box’s EKM works complete with a Ghostbuster reference.

Chris Walker wrote about Box’s EKM announcement and quoted a tweet I made. The tweet follows but I encourage you to go read his post as it is a good one.

I wanted to expand on the quote up above in a comment on Chris’s post then I couldn’t stop typing. I decided to write it here.

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