I am very excited about chairing the Tuesday afternoon panel on "Piecing Together the Content Management Jigsaw".
One thing I have noticed since the last conference is that after a period of time of content management implementations being based on established players, and especially SharePoint, I worked with a couple of large clients who were progressing deployments of leading Enterprise File Sync and Share (EF&S) products. This was driven by cloud economics and the increasing business-level content management functionality being offered by these vendors.
I think that EFS&S capabilities - of the type that many of us are now accustomed to using at home to safeguard and share our documents, photos and other files - have done a lot to facilitate the adoption of content management solutions by enabling remote, mobile and offline working on a device of choice. Now I am often reading of established ECM players now in turn offering EFS&S capabilities, which can only be a good thing!
Another thing I have noticed is that organisations are increasingly seeking to implement "records Management" (i.e. archiving, retention and disposal) for their whole information estate. This includes electronic files, emails, data held in both structured and unstructured applications, audio and video, web content, photographic assets, text messages, instant messages, wiki pages and blogs, and social media posts, as well as hard copy information. This is driven by the desire to both leverage the value of information assets and manage risk on a consistent and holistic basis.
I am delighted to be joined by four panellists brimming with knowledge and experience - Marc Fresko of Inforesight, Jeff Nott of Alfresco, Marlize Palmer of the Library and Archive Services of the Welsh Government and Jonathan Preston of Hitachi Data Systems. I think that some great insights will emerge to address the type of questions I often hear:
- Should I implement an in-house or cloud solution? And oh yes, what about hybrid?
- How do I leverage file sync and share capabilities without compromising security?
- Do I need a single corporate solution or is "best of breed" to support different processes OK?
- How do I really get to grips with email management?
- Can or should my enterprise content management strategy include integrated web content management?
- How do I introduce records management for all my content?
- How do I devise an approach for content archiving and longer term discovery and preservation?
I look forward to some great and informative discussions! Next year I have the privilege to be the new Conference Director and I will certainly be hoping to inform the 2016 agenda with the thoughts and opinions of both panel and audience.