Thus Prate the Pundit

Digital Curation Issues Involving Open Government Data

Open data is a well-defined concept but in the public sector, there is some difficult work ahead for its digital curation. Although the support and production of open data from governments around the world varies (with many not yet supporting it at all) there are clear movements to encourage and grow open government data initiatives. Within the realm of governments that do support and produce datasets open to the public, benefits that would otherwise accompany the availability of this open data are sometimes hampered … Continue Reading →

Newsblur as an Intelligent Agent Used for CI

Newsblur ( is a Web-based RSS feed reading service. This is a review of how I found the service useful while working on some competitive intelligence (CI). It’s convenient and conducive for tracking issues, trends, commentary, and news. Newsblur has a set of features that I find make it worth paying for an annual subscription (it also offers a no-cost option). I’ve long used RSS readers, initially preferring desktop readers like Akregator or RSSOwl. The quantity of feeds that I follow is s … Continue Reading →

Alfresco ECM in 2013

I had a chance to hear from Alfresco earlier this year about its direction and some new product features. Alfresco has grown to be a go-to, lower-cost solution excelling in large-scale intranet implementations, corporate file sharing services, and document collaboration. Alfresco currently has 33,000 customers whose ECM activities are enabled through on-premise, public or private cloud, or hybrid deployments. This is a particularly convenient situation for Alfresco considering there is a good deal of interest in hybri … Continue Reading →

Demand Trends of ECM and WCM Buyers

After aggregating the high-level needs of thousands of people telling Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) their requirements for enterprise content management (ECM) and web content management (WCM) systems, I’ve put together two reports showing the trends. You can read more about these high-level requirements in TEC’s latest, free ECM market survey report and WCM market survey report. We found that security is one of the most frequently sought requirements, across the board. Unsurprisingly, many characteri … Continue Reading →

Laserfiche ECM and Its Latest Release

I spoke with Laserfiche about the new version 9 of its Rio enterprise content management (ECM) system. In the latest release the company is really pushing on the business process management functionality. They’re positioning the system more for managing processes without necessarily seeing them as document-centric. You can download the report from the Technology Evaluation Centers site (free). It covers a lot of the other functionality provided in the Laserfiche products too–things like they handle documen … Continue Reading →

A Brief on EMC Documentum in 2012

I’ve published a new report on the EMC Documentum family of content management products and services. Go here to download it (free from the TEC site). EMC’s path for Documentum has taken it in some promising directions. While this report doesn’t cover everything, it does explain a few of the key areas that EMC has been working on and plans to roll out in 2012. In particular, the report looks at what EMC is doing with mobile devices, governance, and case management. If you’re in the process of e … Continue Reading →

Profile of MODX WCM

If you’re looking into selecting a WCM system or are otherwise interested in MODX‘s open source WCM framework, I hope the link to this report is helpful. After pouring over MODX’s Web site, community forums, taking its WCM product for a brief spin, and talking with some of its team, I wrote up this profile on the company and its Revolution product. It’s available for free download from Technology Evaluation Centers. You can also do a little bit of research on how MODX Revolution’s web con … Continue Reading →

Google Plus – A Few Early Thoughts

After using it for a few days now, there’s a lot I really like about Google Plus. But some choices, I don’t understand. I want to love Google Plus and think that I will eventually but that’s predicated on all the promise it could deliver. And that’s not to say that there isn’t already really compelling stuff about Plus (hangouts and circles of course). This is not an in-depth analysis, rather just some cursory thoughts on Plus. It’s cross-posted in my Plus stream here. Continue … Continue Reading →

Wave’s Death Could be Preparation for a Rebirth

Google announced that it would not continue developing Google Wave. At first read I thought this was an awful decision–Google Wave is a truly incredible product, which although it takes some getting used to, has huge potential. I thought Wave was one of the most important developments on the Internet since the Web. I was arguing in a previous post that Wave would be massively disruptive, disintermediating social activity on the Web while doing a lot of other very interesting things. After a bit more reflection, … Continue Reading →

New Way of News: OpenFile

OpenFile ( opened its public beta today. It’s attempting to develop a new means for news reporting. I discovered it from a colleague’s Twitter post and was quickly fascinated by the OpenFile model, which I think might have found a sweet way to conjoin citizen media with professional news reporting. Continue reading New Way of News: OpenFile … Continue Reading →

Start the Wave: Disintermediating Social

Ad hoc social networks: right now that’s what I’m calling the disruption Google Wave will wreak. I’m looking forward to it leaving the invite-only preview. It’ll be like kudzu sprouting everywhere, from its quiet persistance in the nooks and crannies of the Web, right on through to the most popular gathering spots. Google Wave, or maybe more accurately, the open source Wave protocol could be the most important innovation to our interaction with the Internet since the development of the Web. Co … Continue Reading →

Search Pad is Coming

Update 9 July ’09: I tried it… nice additional feature but not a game-changer. Actually I believe I’m very underwhelmed. Actually, reader, I’m a little tired of all these search posts. But new things keep happening and this one is compelling enough to note. I really miss Google’s notebook feature (actually a lot of people do). It was like BasKet for the Web. It sounds like Yahoo! is about to launch a new app called Search Pad that will be like Google’s notebook but with a teensy bit … Continue Reading →