Three years ago, I started this blog to rant about how the merger of EMC World and Momentum hadn’t really worked out. Well, after three years of improvements, there is currently a good chance that next year the conferences will be co-located and separate.
Two years ago, I reflected on my first year and shared numbers. By that time I was pushing for an ECM standard for the SOA world. I had just learned that there was an effort underway that we would later learn was called CMIS. This month, that journey ended and it became a standard.
I cannot take credit for what has transpired in the last three years, well maybe a little for the improved Momentum, but not for most of it. A lot of it would have happened anyway. At most, I have helped push alongside the rest of you. That said, goals have been achieved and it is time for new ones.
Which leaves the real question, What next?
Where Do We Go?
Blogging is work. Anyone who says otherwise is either nuts or uninformed. It is easy to start a blog, but to continue it, one needs a passion, a mission, or inspiration to keep it going.
For three years, CMIS has been my passion. I have shared many other topics, but the underlying desire has been the improvement of the Content Management profession. CMIS is a powerful mechanism for solving the challenges that we face in the industry.
To be honest, the ECM vendors, all of the “leaders”, have been moving under the momentum they built-up a decade ago when ECM was a new term. They hit their “goal” and are trying to find new ways to sell the same software.
Many challengers to the leadership have been very good at mimicking the leaders in order to look like the leaders. Unfortunately, that doesn’t help us.
We need a new vision. We need new leaders. Why new? Because we don’t have either now in the industry.
That is my goal now. We need a vision and a vendor that can lead the way and deliver. Being an outsider, I can’t just walk down the hall and make it happen. I’m looking for it and pushing people to be bold and to share their vision with us.
I am going to spread the word and get people to start asking their existing vendors, and potential vendors, the difficult questions.
I’m pretty sure I will upset some people this next year, though I started that process when I called out EMC. Other vendors are guilty as well, and many aren’t going to like me after the coming year.
In the end, I don’t care because in a few years, if all goes well, we’ll have a few vendors that we can believe in, both from a technical foundation and a vision for the industry.
2010 is going to be a busy year. People may look back on May 2010 as when it all started (and not because of this post), but it will you to make the change happen.
Numbers, Why Count?
And now for the anti-climatic moment where I spew the obligatory stats or tidbits of information that I feel will show that I matter. This year is all about percentages. Raw numbers are tricky things, so let’s count growth…
- Two weeks ago I had my best week ever, by about 25%. Last week is just shy of the previous record. It was the highest non-EMC World week by a mile or three.
- The odds are that by the time you read this, I’ll have already set my record for best month, with a week to go. Given the last two weeks, no shocker.
What does this mean? Nothing. To be honest, it doesn’t matter. Like any blogger, I obsess, but my goal is to reach the people that make a difference.
If you read this far, you are one of those people.