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Day: November 8, 2006

Managing CM Projects: There must be a better way!

I know I’m not alone here when I say that content management projects are HARD to do right. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about this subject – particularly around the project management aspect of it. All is rosy at the beginning when you put together a master project plan, but it seems that within a very short time, you’re heading towards scope creep, over budget, way over schedule, and stress! There must be a better way.

Over the span of my career (the last 15 years or so), a project manager has become standard fare for any corporate IT project. As I’m sure many of you recall, however, there was a time when having a person dedicated as a “Project Manager” was seen as an unnecessary frill. Thankfully, that’s changed (in most places).

When you embark on something as complex as a major content management initiative, not only do you need a dedicated project manager, you need a highly skilled and experienced project manager. That’s another issue.

The good news is that organizations like the Project Management Institute (PMI) have their PMP certification, which I believe sets a really good foundation for project managers. But even PMP certified individuals who have managed other types of system implementations or software development projects may struggle with a content project.

So what’s different about content management projects?

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Reminder! Compliance and the “Fear Factor” Webinar

$25 billion.
That’s the cost of compliance in the U.S. Securities Industry for 2005 according to the Securities Industry Association (SIA).

59 percent.
That’s the percentage of respondents to a SearchStorage.com poll that did not know if they were in compliance because they could not figure out what they have to do.

$15 million.
That’s the amount Morgan Stanley was fined for failing to produce tens of thousands of e-mails during SEC investigations from December, 2000 through through July, 2005.

No wonder compliance issues today = fear. They don’t have to.

Compliance is about recordkeeping. The core issue is surprisingly clear — focus on the lifecycle of paper and electronic communications – how information is created, routed, managed, accessed and archived.

Join us tomorrow, November 9, 2006 at 11:00am EDT for my panel discussion with Omtool CTO Thaddeus Bouchard and HP Financial Services Solutions Manager Joseph Wagle to discuss how to make compliance practices a seamless part of your business processes. Register here.

Reminder! Compliance and the “Fear Factor” Webinar

$25 billion.
That’s the cost of compliance in the U.S. Securities Industry for 2005 according to the Securities Industry Association (SIA).
59 percent.
That’s the percentage of respondents to a SearchStorage.com poll that did not know if they were in compliance because they could not figure out what they have to do.
$15 million.
That’s the amount Morgan Stanley was fined for failing to produce tens of thousands of e-mails during SEC investigations from December, 2000 through through July, 2005.
No wonder compliance issues today = fear. They don’t have to.
Compliance is about recordkeeping. The core issue is surprisingly clear — focus on the lifecycle of paper and electronic communications – how information is created, routed, managed, accessed and archived.
Join us tomorrow, November 9, 2006 at 11:00am EDT for my panel discussion with Omtool CTO Thaddeus Bouchard and HP Financial Services Solutions Manager Joseph Wagle to discuss how to make compliance practices a seamless part of your business processes. Register here.

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