…for back-to-back events that have thrown my blogging right out the window. I know I’m supposed to blog before going to an event to facilitate meetings and then directly after to share useful info from the event, but it just didn’t happen.
Where I’ve been:
IBM Information-on-demand (IOD) in Vegas in late October. This was my first trip to IOD and it was bigger and flashier than I expected. I found it a bit hard for someone focused on content management to get too much out of the high-level presentations that aim to cover IBM’s overall information portfolio, including Cognos, DB2, FileNet and Content Manager, at the least. I felt a bit as James Kobielus over at Forrester did, a bit surprised that compliance and risk management weren’t higher level themes at the event, given what’s going on in the financial world. But the business optimization message IBM was hitting on is also increasingly relevant for those organizations (all?) being asked to figure out how to work smarter, more efficiently, and get by with reduced budgets at the moment. I did also have a few useful sessions specifically on eDiscovery that were helpful in finishing up our special report on eDiscovery, due to hit the shelves any day now.
Next I went to Defrag in Denver, a bit of a culture shock from one week to the next to say the least. Here I sat on a panel with Jonathan Yarmis from AMR Research and we discussed the future of industry analysts in the age of social media. I think we were geared for a discussion of whether or not analysts are as outdated as newspapers, but we never really seemed to get there. No one had the heart for it in the end.
As Nick detailed in his last post, our own 451 Group Client Conference took place here in Boston November 11-12. This was surprisingly lively and well attended, considering the macro environment. I met with quite a few investors interested in discussing ECM and collab opportunities at various stages of development. All wasn’t as doom-and-gloom as I’d expected, except in Brenon Daly’s M&A panel…
At the event, I gave a preso with my views on where short-term opportunities lie in the broadly-defined content management market, especially when we’re hearing reports of declining IT spending in ECM specifically. I tried to cover the landscape from the nascent social software market, which is splitting into markets for internal collaboration software and external, customer communities, all the way through the information governance strategies we’re starting to see from large ECM and info management vendors.
Now finally, the way I’m supposed to do this, next week, I’ll be at the Gilbane Conference again here in Boston. I’ll be on the keynote analyst panel, which is always a pretty lively session covering a range of trends and topics in content management. Gilbane has a big emphasis this year on social software and how it is changing the world of content management, so it should be a particularly timely and useful event. Schedule is getting pretty tight already but let me know if you’ll be there and would like to meet.
Apologies for the travelogue, will be back up to semi-regular blogging after this week’s holiday.