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Day: February 5, 2007

Welcome to the Collaboration Blog

Another blog? On collaboration? No this is not a mistake. Welcome to the Collaboration Blog at the Gilbane Group. I’ll be focusing on business collaboration – the techniques, tools, and technologies that you and I use in our work-a-day worlds to share information online.

Along the way I’m probably going to spend some time talking about “social computing” – the new buzz word for sharing information online which IBM is adding to its latest marketing campaign. And inevitably I’ll touching on MOSS and VISTA—the Microsoft juggernaut that includes Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS), the rewrite of Windows for the 21st century (VISTA), and the other Office 2007 applications. And then there are the neat new tools and applications coming down the pike, from innovative start-ups and established vendors alike.

More is at stake than this year’s marketing hype. Let’s put the discussion in context.

Collaboration is one of those old ideas about the future of technology, going back more than thirty years to the dawn of networked computers. (Yes once upon a time, not so many years ago, even email was new and revolutionary.) Many of us in the industry, developing products in those pre-Internet days, talked a lot about the “three C’s” – communication, coordination, and collaboration. We had this crazy idea that once we could connect electronically with one another, we could easily communicate and share information. Then eventually we would ascend to the nirvana of collaboration, and be able to work together with our colleagues to achieve common goals.

Yes, the easy communication and the information sharing certainly has happened. Yet there’s still a lot of overhead when we try to work closely with one another, at a distance. Along the way we’re finding that our colleagues are no longer our co-workers and employees in the same company–and that our actions and activities routinely span time zones and organizational boundaries. In fact, many of us now work as independent agents within a distributed (and networked) extended enterprise, in ways that would astound – and perhaps delight — our fathers and mothers.

I don’t think anybody will dispute the fact that the Internet changes how we work – and how we play. Yet making good use of our endless capabilities to communicate and share information is another matter. We still need to figure out how we can best collaborate with one another to achieve meaningful outcomes—particularly when we have the benefits (and the challenges) of working in a distributed fashion over the Web. Going forward, I hope to have more to say about the business impacts of collaboration, and why some collaborative computing environments are going to be more successful than others.

Day Delivers Standardized Connectivity for FileNet P8 Content Manager

Day Software (SWX:DAYN) (OTC:DYIHY) announced that the company is delivering a Java Technology API standard (JSR 170) connector for FileNet P8 Content Manager. Other connectors that are in development include interfaces for Microsoft SharePoint, IBM Domino.doc, and Software AG Tamino, among others. The FileNet P8 Content Manager connector is part of Day’s Content Integration family of products that enable enterprises to access and manage all organizational content through a standardized API. This technology allows the implementation of content access, synchronization and consolidation, leveraging future-proof standardization, even if the content resides in data stores that do not provide a JCR compliant API.

Vignette Launches Digital Services Hub

Vignette (NASDAQ: VIGN) announced the immediate availability of the Vignette Digital Services Hub, which enables organizations to manage and deliver rich multimedia content to any Web-enabled device through a single unified framework. Vignette Digital Services Hub also provides tracking and analysis to ensure content reaches the intended audience with the desired effect. The initial offering targets telecommunications, media and entertainment companies that depend on differentiated and interactive content such as ring tones, video downloads and mobile TV to attract and service customers. However, the technology has broad application across all markets, such as financial services, healthcare, distribution and retail, which require anytime, anyplace connections with their customers. Vignette Digital Services Hub combines Vignette’s Web solution with technologies from partners to provide a single, flexible application for collecting, managing, approving and delivering electronic assets and rich media to customers based on preferences, demographics and demonstrated interests. Vignette Digital Services Hub go-to-market partners include: SafeNet-Digital rights management for content protection and rights enforcement; Sun- Identity management and integration hardware; Valista-Merchandizing, payments and settlement solutions; and, Volantis-Optimized and personalized mobile content push, device detection and recognition and asset resolution software. To bring the solution to market, Vignette is working with global and local systems integrators including DPCI, Future Technologies, Inc., Hyperlink, iFactory, Informatica El Corte Ingles, ioko, Morse Group, Sapient, Stefanini, Tata Consultancy Services, Tallence and Virtusa.

3rd Annual Gilbane San Francisco 2007 Conference Announces Tracks and Sessions

For Immediate Release:

Tracks Include:

Content ManagementWeb Content ManagementEnterprise SearchCollaboration & Enterprise Blogs & Wikis, Publishing and Content Globalization

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Jeffrey V. Arcuri
Lighthouse Seminars

Boston MA, February 5, 2007. The Gilbane Group and Lighthouse Seminars today announced conference tracks for the Gilbane Conference San Francisco, taking place April 10-12, 2007, at the Palace Hotel. The 2007 event returns to San Francisco with a greatly expanded collection of educational programs, including tracks focused on web and other enterprise content management applications, enterprise search and information access technologies, publishing technology, wikis, blogs and collaboration tools, and information on globalization and translation technology.

Tracks and sample conference sessions at the Gilbane Conference San Francisco include:

Content Management Track
This track is focused on strategies and technologies for managing multiple types of content, either with different types of repository systems, or with supporting technologies. IT and business strategists and all types of content managers will benefit from sessions in this track.

  • The Analysts Debate Content Technologies and Trends
  • Defining the BPM/ECM Intersection
  • Introduction to Enterprise DRM

Web Content Management Track
WCM as a discipline is still in its infancy. If you are responsible for a website, or the content management system or strategy behind your organization’s web presence, this entire track will be relevant to you.

  • Different Approaches to Purchasing a CMS: Open Source vs. SaaS/ASP vs. Licensed
  • Don’t Forget Your Site is for Your Customers

Enterprise Search Track
Sessions will place focus on the types of search problems enterprises have and need to solve by examining both cases and the technologies being turned to in medium and large organizations. How organizations make choices about what types of products to select and implement will also be explored in this track.

  • The Arena: Differentiating Search Products
  • Search and the IT Role for Enterprise-wide Initiatives

Collaboration & Enterprise Blogs & Wikis Track
The Gilbane Group has been covering the use of blog and wiki technologies for enterprise applications since 2005. This track will bring attendees up-to-speed on the technologies, why companies are using them, and what kinds of enterprise applications such “social software” is appropriate for.

  • Enterprise Wiki CEO/CTO Panel
  • Collaboration & Web 2.0 Technologies

Publishing Technology and Best Practices
There is a constant stream of new technology options that could have a profound impact on publishing processes. Customers are demanding that intellectual property be delivered in the media that they prefer and they may require multiple media forms of the same content. The trend towards online communities and the increased deployment of collaboration technologies enables new methodologies for authoring and reviewing. These sessions will help publishing professionals to consider these future trends and developments.

  • The Future of Publishing: Key Influences and Macro Trends
  • Cross-Media Strategy: Tools & Technologies, Processes, Skills, & Organizational Challenges

LISA Forum & Workshops
Since 1990, the LISA Forums and Global Strategies Summits have been dedicated to delivering best practices and standards for facilitating international business. Conference sessions include:

  • Authoring for Global Audiences: Closing the Gap Between Authoring and Localization
  • Managing Content Globally: What Works, What Doesnt

The conference program schedule, tutorial, track and session descriptions are all available on the conference site. For more information visit:

Complete conference schedule:

Pre-conference tutorials:

Conference session descriptions:

The complete LISA program description:

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Lighthouse Seminars’ events cover information technologies and content technologies in particular. These include content management of all types, digital asset management, document management, web content management, enterprise portals, enterprise search, web and multi-channel publishing, electronic forms, authoring, content and information integration, information architecture, and e-catalogs.


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