You may not know it looking at my last two months of activity, or lack of it, but I’ve been writing, tweeting, and generally being loudly opinionated for the past six years. What started as just a way to vent my opinion over the direction of EMC/Documentum has become a platform for trying to push for change in the industry.
Thing is, the change is here. This June I’m going to pull my best Howard Beale and I’m going lay out why things are changing and why we can’t act as if it isn’t or that we have control.
But before all that, let’s review what has come before.
The first year and it was highlighted by a debate with James McGovern about the lack of standards in the Identity Management realm. These standards, while existing, are still slow to gain adoption among enough of the players. It was great because it made me think in big picture terms about the industry.
Then one year after starting I decided to live blog EMC World 2008. My readership took off. This got my ego up a bit. I enjoyed the attention but instead of milking it, I wanted to try and make a difference.
Stepping it Up
It all changed one day when I had a conversation with Aaron Levie. Box was relatively unknown at the time, but Aaron had a vision. I wasn’t sure if he could deliver, but over the next several months of thinking about what the cloud offered the complex world of Information Management, I decided that the vision was the correct one. Mostly.
I started calling out the established vendors and pointing out to them what they needed to do to survive the transition. Most were skeptical that the change would be so drastic. It was, and continues to be a classic example of the Innovator’s Dilemma.
This led into my most heavily viewed (as measured by first month views) post ever written. Written after EMC World 2010, it essentially slammed EMC’s approach to the Information Management space. The tone and attention gained me a measure of respect in the industry. EMC now seems to be going in the right direction, but whether or not it will be in time to matter is a matter of great debate.
A New Role
In January of 2012 I took on the role of CIO at AIIM. To-date, it has been a rewarding and educational experience. I‘ve had some successes, and some challenges, during my tenure. I’m still dedicated to making sure that AIIM is equipped to provide its members with everything that they need to be successful in their career.
There is still one promise left to fill. I was asked when I interviewed if I still wanted to be an industry presence. I said yes. Recently, I have fallen behind on that promise. It is time to turn it around.
I still believe in my vision of Omnipresent Content Management. Terminology aside, it is our future and after sitting on the sidelines for the last year, I’m going to push. I’m not going to pull punches and I’m going to let it rip.
And Finally…to see how things have changed and evolved, here are the previous anniversary posts. Read them or not, they are mostly here so I have them in one place.
- A Year in the Life of Pie
- Another Year in the Life of Pie
- Another Year Older and Deeper In ???
- I’ve Been Doing This Four Years?
You’ll notice a lack of a 5-year post. Seems the life of a CIO is busier than that of a consultant when you aren’t being paid by the hour anymore.