6 months, 10 days ago

Loose Lips Sink M&A Ships

Companies look for merger & acquisitions opportunities to boost their growth. But when confidential information gets exposed, it throws a monkeywrench into their confidential assessments, strategies and negotiations. Recent news proves this once…

7 months, 17 days ago

The Documentum Shoe Finally Drops…As ECM Undergoes a Changing of the Guard

My colleague Craig Le Clair did a nice wrap-up of the long-anticipated news of the divestiture of the Enterprise Content Division (ECD) from the newly merged Dell-EMC entity. The move to spin off the Documentum, InfoArchive and Leap platform was expected, it wasn’t entirely clear over the last few months who the lucky buyer would be. Step up OpenText!

Craig’s post has some thoughtful recommendations for current ECD customers – for today and beyond 2017 – so I won’t rehash these points here: read it for yourself.

Today’s deal, however, caps a rollercoaster couple of weeks in the broader enterprise content management market. Old vendors are merging, divesting, and trying to reinvent themselves in adjacent markets. Just last week, HP Enterprise “merged” its information and content management portfolio – including its ECM and information governance products – with MicroFocus (a vendor with little name brand recognition in these markets)

Yet, new vendors are delivering real innovation in ECM. The OpenText acquisition of its key decades-long rival comes on the heels of the announcements from BoxWorks 2016, as well as Nuxeo’s $20M investment from Goldman Sachs.

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9 months, 8 days ago

Forrester’s 2016 ECM Panel Survey Is Open – Call for Participation

Forrester’s survey for ECM decision-makers is open, and we’re looking for your participation! Take this opportunity to provide your perspectives on the key vendors, the challenges, and the opportunities you see in this technology market. This survey is intended for ECM decision-makers or influencers in end user organizations. This is not for ECM vendors or systems integrators . . . but vendors and consultants — we would love it if you could share this survey invitation with your customers. The survey will remain open until end of day Monday August 1, 2016.

The survey will take approx 15-20 minutes to complete.

Why is your input important? Forrester uses this data to:

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11 months, 10 days ago

Navigate The Crowded Enterprise File Sync And Share Market By Asking These 3 Questions

Forrester defines Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) as the technologies that “allow organizations to share and replicate content across multiple devices, distributing files to employees and/or customers or partners outside the enterprise”.

Two For…

1 year, 1 month ago

kCura Puts the CAAT Into The Bag . . . Acquires Long-time Partner Content Analyst Company

We’ve seen another acquisition in the shifting eDiscovery market this week as kCura, the developer of Relativity, announced its acquisition of Content Analyst Company, the brains behind the CAAT analytics engine (kCura’s press release is here). The acquisition is not entirely surprising. kCura has been relying on the CAAT engine to power its analytics offering for eight years. According to kCura, use of its Relativity Analytics offering “has grown by nearly 1,500 percent” since 2011, with more than 70% of current kCura’s customers with licenses.

What does this acquisition mean for kCura, its customers, and Content Analyst Company customers?

This is more than just one vendor acquiring a partner to bring its tech in-house. The markets kCura competes in are changing. Customers want better predictive coding workflows, reporting, and visualization capabilities. The momentum around technology-assisted review (TAR) in eDiscovery is growing globally. In February 2016, the Pyrrho Investments Limited v. MWB Property Limited case gave the green light to predictive coding software in the UK, with the decision (PDF) citing acceptance in US and other jurisdictions. Interest and adoption of analytics for eDiscovery and other investigative use cases will only grow. Now that machine learning and technology-assisted review processes have been OK’d by the courts, many of the objections to using software for automated categorization, security classifications, and other analysis of textual data will dissipate.

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1 year, 1 month ago

kCura Puts the CAAT Into The Bag . . . Acquires Long-time Partner Content Analyst Company

We’ve seen another acquisition in the shifting eDiscovery market this week as kCura, the developer of Relativity, announced its acquisition of Content Analyst Company, the brains behind the CAAT analytics engine (kCura’s press release is here). The acquisition is not entirely surprising. kCura has been relying on the CAAT engine to power its analytics offering for eight years. According to kCura, use of its Relativity Analytics offering “has grown by nearly 1,500 percent” since 2011, with more than 70% of current kCura’s customers with licenses.

What does this acquisition mean for kCura, its customers, and Content Analyst Company customers?

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1 year, 9 months ago

Forrester’s Annual ECM Panel Survey, 2015. Call for Participation — Deadline July 31, 2015

Forrester’s survey for ECM decision-makers is open, and we’re looking for your participation! Take this opportunity to provide your perspectives on the key vendors, the challenges, and the opportunities you see in this technology market. This survey is intended for ECM decision-makers or influencers in end user organizations. This is not for ECM vendors or systems integrators . . . but vendors and consultants — we would love it if you could share this survey invitation with your customers. The survey will remain open until end of day Friday, July 31, 2015.

Why is your input important? Forrester uses this data to:

  • Keep our Content Management Playbook fresh and relevant. Clients who are embarking on a new or updated content initiative rely on these interconnected reports to understand the landscape and market direction and build out the business cases, continuous improvement plans, and the org charts to succeed.
  • Track the trends and emerging use cases for ECM — for both business and transactional content services. Where are investments being made? How is cloud shaping your road map? What are the top challenges facing your programs today?
  • Educate clients and nonclients alike via research, blog posts, webinars, and industry presentations. This survey data helps us validate and verify where ECM markets are evolving and aid you in making better investment decisions.

Please take this survey if you are a practitioner inside the private or public sector and make or influence decisions around ECM and/or archiving platforms. Survey participants will be provided with the survey results summary slide deck, if desired.

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1 year, 9 months ago

Forrester’s Annual ECM Panel Survey, 2015. Call for Participation — Deadline July 31, 2015

Forrester’s survey for ECM decision-makers is open, and we’re looking for your participation! Take this opportunity to provide your perspectives on the key vendors, the challenges, and the opportunities you see in this technology market. This survey is intended for ECM decision-makers or influencers in end user organizations. This is not for ECM vendors or systems integrators . . . but vendors and consultants — we would love it if you could share this survey invitation with your customers. The survey will remain open until end of day Friday, July 31, 2015.

Why is your input important? Forrester uses this data to:

  • Keep our Content Management Playbook fresh and relevant. Clients who are embarking on a new or updated content initiative rely on these interconnected reports to understand the landscape and market direction and build out the business cases, continuous improvement plans, and the org charts to succeed.
  • Track the trends and emerging use cases for ECM — for both business and transactional content services. Where are investments being made? How is cloud shaping your road map? What are the top challenges facing your programs today?
  • Educate clients and nonclients alike via research, blog posts, webinars, and industry presentations. This survey data helps us validate and verify where ECM markets are evolving and aid you in making better investment decisions.

Please take this survey if you are a practitioner inside the private or public sector and make or influence decisions around ECM and/or archiving platforms. Survey participants will be provided with the survey results summary slide deck, if desired.

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1 year, 9 months ago

The Rebirth Of iManage: A New Company With A Familiar Name Re-Enters The ECM Market

Another week, another divestiture in the content management and collaboration market. A new – or more accurately, a re-newed – player enters the Enterprise Content Management market this week as iManage and HP make an apparently amicable split. Executives with longstanding roots in the iManage and Interwoven businesses, including Neil Araujo and Dan Carmel, have executed a management buyout to spin a revitalized iManage business out of HP’s Software division. iManage’s press release is here.

Customers and partners still have a strong brand recognition of “iManage,” despite being covered under layers of rebranding through multiple acquisitions over the past decade. Loyal clients, particularly the legal, accounting/audit, and consulting industries have stuck with the document management platform despite the turmoil of the Interwoven-Autonomy-HP eras and the encroachment of competitors such as Microsoft SharePoint, perennial nemesis OpenText eDocs, and alternatives such as NetDocuments and Worldox.

The new iManage will launch with an established installed base of approximately 3,000 customers, including 80% of the top US law firms, and 400 corporate legal departments, according to its July 21 press release.

What does this mean for customers and partners of the new iManage?

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1 year, 9 months ago

The Rebirth Of iManage: A New Company With A Familiar Name Re-Enters The ECM Market

Another week, another divestiture in the content management and collaboration market. A new – or more accurately, a re-newed – player enters the Enterprise Content Management market this week as iManage and HP make an apparently amicable split. Executives with longstanding roots in the iManage and Interwoven businesses, including Neil Araujo and Dan Carmel, have executed a management buyout to spin a revitalized iManage business out of HP’s Software division. iManage’s press release is here.

Customers and partners still have a strong brand recognition of “iManage,” despite being covered under layers of rebranding through multiple acquisitions over the past decade. Loyal clients, particularly the legal, accounting/audit, and consulting industries have stuck with the document management platform despite the turmoil of the Interwoven-Autonomy-HP eras and the encroachment of competitors such as Microsoft SharePoint, perennial nemesis OpenText eDocs, and alternatives such as NetDocuments and Worldox.

The new iManage will launch with an established installed base of approximately 3,000 customers, including 80% of the top US law firms, and 400 corporate legal departments, according to its July 21 press release.

What does this mean for customers and partners of the new iManage?

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