When Microsoft announced this week that its next version of Office will include web apps there was no real surprise. But it reminded me of Steven Wright on Dr. Katz when he acknowledged that he usually had four or five cups of coffee before his first cup of coffee. Knowledge workers have started drinking at the web apps cafe, but are just getting warmed up for the real thing. It’s when Microsoft’s brew is ready that it starts to count.
If it’s October, it must be time for IBM’s annual Information On Demand (IOD) conference. Initiated 3 years ago, IOD has become an indispensable event for any Information and Knowledge Management (I&KM) professional who has deployed IBM’s sprawling data management solution portfolio.
And IBM doesn’t disappoint: each annual conference is jampacked with important announcements that improve the vendor’s positioning in the forefront of today’s information-driven economy. If anything, IOD has become so crowded with IBM announcements that some important events or themes can easily be overlooked or given less emphasis than they deserve.
About 200 attendees were present as Ramon Chen, VP of Marketing, kicked off the event to the theme of adventurers and pioneers in MDM at the Bridgewater Marriott (New Jersey). CEO, Peter Caswell, led the keynote session with a view on where Siperian has been, where Siperian is going, and then introduced the Ravi Jagannathan VP of Product Management and Manish Sood, Senior Director of Product Management. They presented Siperian's road map well into 2012. Key announcements include:
Some of you may have heard about the joint announcement from EMC, IBM, and Microsoft about the creation of Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS). The purpose of this proposed new standard? To create a vendor-agnostic way of accessing the data in content management systems from multiple vendors. In other words: Remember when SQL became a standard for accessing databases? This is the content management system equivalent.
This has been the season for splashy vendor announcements in the high-end data warehousing (DW) market, and they’ve become progressively more disruptive and game-changing with every passing month. Though to the casual observer this may seem like a vendor-push game of competitive one-upmanship, it is in fact being driven by ever more challenging requirements coming from Information and Management (I&KM) professionals. I&KM pros in many verticals are implementing ever more scalable DW platforms to manage inexorable growth in BI and advanced analytics workloads.
A while back, my husband and I were driving back from a sporting event when I noticed that he was talking about work. This was a surprise because he almost never talks about his job, particularly on weekends when he is having fun. I was only half listening, but all of the sudden I sat up and realized he was talking about telepresence—a technology that I'm very interested in. This, too, was a real surprise because my husband is a true Luddite when it comes to any type of technology. (No joke—for example, he keeps his cell phone turned off so he can "save" the battery. It drives me nuts when I need to reach him urgently.)
I met a beautiful woman today. Actually, "met" is an overstatement; she and I were both sitting in a waiting room at a medical clinic. I couldn't help but watch her out of the corner of my eye because she was strikingly beautiful. She had beautifully coiffed hair, wore a gorgeous buttery-yellow jacket which was coordinated with a colorful and elegant scarf, plus her nail polish perfectly matched her outfit. (Hang in here guys, there is a point to this.)
Quick thoughts from Scottsdale. Initiate as many you know is one of the leaders in the customer hubs/MDM market. At their annual conference, Initiate Exchange, a few key trends emerged from conversations with customers and partners: