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Making Search Play Well with Content Solutions

In keynote sessions at the recent Gilbane Boston Conference, three speakers in a row made points about content management solutions that are also significant to selection and implementation of enterprise search. Here is a list of paraphrased comments.

  • From Forrester analyst, Stephen Powers were these observations: 1. The promise has been there for years for an E (enterprise)CM suite to do everything but the reality is that no one vendor, even when they have all the pieces, integrates them well. 2. Be cautious about promises from vendors who claim to do it all; instead, focus on those who know how to do integration.
  • Tony Byrne of the Real Story Group observed about Google in the enterprise that they frequently fail because Google doesn’t really understand “how work gets done in the enterprise.”
  • Finally, Scott Liewehr of the Gilbane Group stated that a services firm selection is more important than the content management system application selection.

Taken together these statements may not substantiate the current state of the content management industry but they do point to a trend. Evidence is accruing that products and product suppliers must focus on playing nice together and work for the enterprise. Most tend not to do well, out-of-the-box, without the help of expertise and experts.

Nominally, vendors themselves have a service division to perform this function but the burden falls on the buyer to make the “big” decisions about integration and deployment. The real solution is waiting in the wings and I am increasingly talking to these experts, system integrators. They come in all sizes and configurations; perhaps they don’t even self-identify as system integrators, but what they offer is deep expertise in a number of content software applications, including search.

Generally, the larger the operation the more substantial the number and types of products with which they have experience. They may have expertise in a number of web content management products or e-commerce offerings. A couple of large operations that I have encountered in Gilbane engagements are Avalon Consulting, and Search Technologies, which have divisions each specializing in a facet of content management including search. You need to explore whether their strengths and expertise are a good fit with your needs.

The smaller companies specialize, such as working with several search engines plus tools to improve metadata and vocabulary management so content is more findable. Specialists in enterprise search must still have an understanding of content management systems because those are usually the source of metadata that feed high quality search. I’ve recently spoken with several small service providers whose commentaries and case work illustrate a solid and practical approach. Those you might want to look into are: Applied Relevance, Contegra Systems, Findwise, KAPS Group, Lucid Imagination, New Idea Engineering, and TNR Global.

Each of these companies has a specialty and niche, and I am not making explicit recommendations. The simple reason is that what you need and what you are already working on is unique to your enterprise. Without knowledge of your resources, special needs and goals my recommendations would be guesses. What I am sharing is the idea that you need experts who can give value when they are the right experts for your requirements.

The guidance here is to choose a search services firm that will move you efficiently and effectively along the path of systems integration. Expertise is available and you do not need to struggle alone knitting together best-of-breed components. Do your research and understand the differentiators among the companies. High touch, high integrity and commitment for the long haul should be high on your list of requirements – and of course, look for experience and expertise in deploying the technology solutions you want to use and integrate.

Next month I’ll share some tips on evaluating possible service organizations starting with techniques for doing research on the Web.

Keynote lineup for Gilbane Boston is complete

We are going to have fun with the keynotes this year with our new rapid-fire format. You won’t want to miss any of it so be sure to get their early enough for a good seat. Also, please remember that after seven years at the Westin at Copley Place we have moved to a roomier spot at the Westin Waterfront at 425 Summer Street. You could easily lose 45 minutes by showing up at the wrong hotel!

K1. Opening Keynotes: Big Ideas – Bold Statements
Wednesday, November 30, 8:30 – 10:00 & 11:00 – 12:00

Our keynotes are designed to inspire, provoke, and provide perspective on the big issues, trends, and shifting foundation of technologies, digital strategies, and channels for communication and engagement. Our keynote sessions this year will use a rapid-fire format. Each speaker will focus on describing a single big idea or making a bold statement that will help us think a little differently about our use or expectations of content and content technologies. Presentations are limited to 10-15 minutes with 5 minutes for Q&A. Use of slides will be minimal.

Moderator: Frank Gilbane

Christos M. Cotsakos, Ph.D.
Founding Chairman, CEO & President, EndPlay
Christer Johnson
Partner, North American BAO Advanced Analytics Leader, IBM Global Business Services
Georgiana Cohen
Manager, Web Content and Strategy, Tufts University & Co-founder, Meet Content
Maureen Chew
Chief Applications Officer, Information Technology Division, Commonwealth of MA
Stephen Powers
Principal Analyst & Research Director, Forrester Research
Tony Byrne
Founder, Real Story Group & CMS Watch
Scott Liewehr
Lead Analyst, Web Content Management, Outsell Gilbane Services & President, Content Management Professionals Assoc.

Registration information

Gilbane Boston 2011 Announces Sponsors and New Keynote Format for 8th Annual Web & Enterprise Content Management Conference

Annual Conference Helps Attendees Evaluate the Latest Solutions to Reach and Engage Customers and Foster Collaboration with Customers and Partners

Boston, MA – September 27, 2011 – The eighth annual Gilbane Conference Boston (http://gilbaneboston.com/) to take place November 29 – December 1, 2011, at The Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel in Boston, MA today announced that EndPlay will be the Diamond sponsor of the upcoming conference and Alfresco, CIGNEX and Liferay are this year’s Platinum sponsors. Atex, CrownPeak, OpenText, Percussion, SDL, Sitecore and Telerik are all Gold sponsors. For more information about these companies go to (http://gilbaneboston.com/exhibitors_sponsors.html)

Gilbane Boston also announed today the Opening Keynote presenters and a  new rapid-fire format. Keynote presentations, moderated by Frank Gilbane – President, Outsell’s Gilbane Services & Conference Chair will be limited to 10-15 minutes with 5 minutes for Q&A. The new format is designed to inspire, provoke, and provide perspective on the big issues, trends, and shifting foundation of technologies, digital strategies, and channels for communication and engagement. Panelists include Christos M. Cotsakos, Ph.D. – Founding Chairman, CEO & President, EndPlay, Inc.; Christer Johnson – Partner, North American BAO Advanced Analytics Leader, IBM Global Business Services; Georgiana Cohen  – Manager, Web Content and Strategy, Tufts University and Co-founder, Meet Content; and Maureen Chew – Chief Applications Officer, Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

“In today’s business environment, every organization has one thing in common: the need to engage with multiple customer and partner communities,” said Frank Gilbane, conference chair and moderator of the keynote session. “This year’s keynote and new format share the timely theme of connecting with global customers and colleagues with marketing, product and enterprise content using web and social technologies.”

In addition, the event features six in-depth pre-conference workshops, a main conference program providing in-depth coverage of trends and technologies organized in four tracks: Customers & Engagement, Colleagues & Collaboration, Content Technology, and Cross-Media Publishing, a Technology Showcase made up of the leading vendors offering the latest tools and solutions and many networking opportunities.

For information on keynotes and entire conference program, visit:http://gilbaneboston.com/conference_program.html

IT, marketing, other and business professionals interested in attending the conference may register at: http://gilbaneboston.com/registration_information.html
Technology solution providers interested in exhibit or sponsor opportunities should visit: http://gilbaneboston.com/exhibitors_sponsors.html
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About Outsell’s Gilbane Services
Outsell’s Gilbane Services provides analyst & consulting services focused on content technologies. Whether it involves web content management, digital marketing, multilingual content, enterprise search, enterprise social media, publishing, XML, or related technologies, we can help you make vendor-neutral well-informed decisions. We work with the entire community of stakeholders including investors, enterprise buyers of IT, technology suppliers, and other consultant and analyst firms. We have organized over 70 educational conferences in North America and Europe. Information about our widely-read newsletter, consulting & advisory services, reports, white papers, case studies and analyst blogs is available at https://gilbane.com, http://www.outsellinc.com/gilbane

About Lighthouse Seminars
Lighthouse Seminars’ events cover information technologies and “content technologies” in particular. This includes content management of all types, digital asset management, enterprise content management, web content management, enterprise search, web and cross-media publishing.

Contact

Lighthouse Seminars
Jeffrey V. Arcuri
508-759-8180
jeff@lighthouseseminars.com

Gilbane Boston speaking proposals deadline

Update – We have received a phenomenal number of proposals – almost 50% more than last year. We have also had a huge number of requests for extensions, so we have extended the deadline for speaking proposals through next week – until May 28th. Don’t delay though, as our program committee is already pouring over the proposals we have.

Proposal Deadline: May 16th 28th, 2011

The Gilbane conference is all about helping organizations apply content, web and mobile technologies to communicate with their ecosystem of customers, employees, suppliers, partners, and the rest of the world in the most effective and efficient way possible.

This means understanding what technologies can and can’t do, what practices in applying them succeed or fail, and how to plan for changes in market and technology evolution. We bring together a diverse audience of technologists, marketers, strategists, business managers and analysts to learn, share, and debate best practices and strategies. Our conference is organized into four tracks so attendees in marketing, technology, a business unit, or an internal function will be able to plan a customized agenda.

To submit a proposal for a presentation or panel to contribute your expertise and experience, please see the topics below listed for the four tracks, then follow the instructions and guidelines for submitting proposals using our proposal submission form. Send any questions to speaking@gilbaneboston.com.

You can also learn more by visiting the conference website at http://gilbaneboston.com, where you can also see information from our 2010 conference.

Customers & Engagement track
Topics to be covered include: Web content management, content strategies, analytics, web design and UI, social media, digital and cross channel marketing, rich media, global reach, multilingual practices, personalization, information architecture, designing for mobile devices, e-commerce, search engine optimization. Read more

Colleagues & Collaboration track
Topics to be covered include: Collaborative authoring, intranets, knowledge management, search, wikis, micro-blogging and blogging, managing social and user-generated content, integrating social software into enterprise applications, SharePoint, portals, social software platforms, enterprise 2.0 strategies. Read more

Content Technologies track
Topics to be covered include: Multi-lingual technologies and applications, smartphone, iPad and tablet app development, XML, standards, integration, content migration, search, open source, SaaS, semantic technologies, social software, SharePoint, and relevant consumer technologies. Read more

Cross-channel Publishing track
Topics to be covered include: Multi-channel publishing, multi-lingual publishing, mobile app and digital product development and marketing strategies for the iPad, and other tablets and ebook readers, mobile content management, digital rights, digital asset management, DITA, documentation, structured content, and XML. Read more

http://gilbaneboston.com/speaker_guidelines.html

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Questions?: speaking@gilbaneboston.com

Sneak peek at the conference community site to be announced next week.