This page contains links to some research reports and studies that were published between April 2008 and July 2009, and can be downloaded for free. Research reports and studies published after January 2010 are managed by Outsell Inc. so some links will take you to the Outsell Inc site. If you have trouble finding the report you are looking for contact us for help.

Multilingual Product Content: Transforming Traditional Practices Into Global Content Value Chains
by Leonor Ciarlone, Karl Kadie & Mary Laplante
July, 2009

Decades of processes and practices have grown up around the creation, management, and delivery of technical content that enables customers to derive value from the products and services they buy. As the manufacturing age gives way to the information age, as “global” becomes an adjective that describes more and more businesses, and as the basis for competitive advantage shifts away from manufactured products, established content practices are undergoing profound and fundamental changes to support the new global order of business.In spring 2009, Gilbane Group conducted in-depth, qualitative research on the state of global product content practices and progress towards transforming traditional practices into Global Content Value Chains (GCVC). To our knowledge, this is the first study to focus on end-to-end globalization of product content from two perspectives: from that of the content management professional and that of the language professional. We believe that it is also the first to be presented by an independent voice, separate from supplier-produced case studies, informative though they may be.This study extends the work that we published in 2008 in our report entitled Multilingual Communications as a Business Imperative: Why Companies Need to Optimize Their Global Content Value Chains (referred to herein as “Multilingual Communications 2008”). Observations and conclusions from that work are referenced throughout. Readers will find it useful to download Multilingual Communications 2008, available for free from Gilbane, as background to this report.

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Digital Platforms and Technologies for Publishers: Implementations Beyond “eBook”
by Steve Paxhia & Bill Trippe
May, 2009

Digital technology has revolutionized many sectors of the media business. Apple’s iPod has changed the way that people buy and listen to music. Google has drastically changed the way that people find and consume information. YouTube enables both individuals and organizations to bring their messages and products to the masses in a much more vivid fashion. WebMD brings new ways for consumers to access medical information, while PubMed presents a comprehensive index of biomedical articles for practitioners and scientists. The common element in these and other examples is that the digital product is designed for and fully utilizes the capabilities of digital media. Book publishers are now at the threshold of a similar revolution as they plan their next generation of products, and the building blocks for change are largely in place. This study surveyed a wide range of book publishers and related service companies from all market segments including: trade/children, reference, professional, school, and higher education. The final report addresses these five key strategic questions:

  1. What features and functionality are required to offer readers digital products that expand their reading and learning experience and offers them better value?
  2. What are the technology and workflow implications of doing true cross-media publishing?
  3. What editorial and business models are best for digital products?
  4. What channel relationships and partners are required to maximize new revenue opportunities?
  5. What role should search engines play in a publisher’s product and marketing strategies?

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Enterprise Rights Management – Implementation Imperatives & Business Readiness
by Bill Rosenblatt, David Guenette, & Bill Trippe
August, 2008

Gilbane Group’s new report presents the most comprehensive publicly available research on the ERM market ever undertaken. ERM: Business Imperatives and Implementation Readiness is backed by qualitative and quantitative research on general awareness of ERM, the current state of ERM deployments or plans to deploy (or decisions to avoid the technology), and target applications. According to study data:

  • Protecting confidential information from leaking outside the organization is the primary motivation driving ERM adoption.
  • ERM is becoming important for supporting information usage regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley (accounting) and HIPAA (healthcare).
  • Apart from regulatory compliance, client/customer communications and financial processes are other types of business processes involving confidential information that are the most prevalent for ERM implementations.
  • 55% of ERM implementations are integrated with content management solutions (including knowledge management and groupware/collaboration).

Gilbane Group’s study methodology included a survey of over 200 senior IT, security, and content management professionals across a range of vertical industries, conducted in cooperation with the Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The research also draws on in-depth case studies on ERM deployments at six multinational companies; the case studies are included in the report.

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Multilingual Communications as a Business Imperative: Why Organizations Need to Optimize the Global Content Value Chain
by Leonor Ciarlone, Karl Kadie, & Mary Laplante
July, 2008

The study is backed by in-depth qualitative research on how global businesses are creating, managing, and publishing multilingual content. Given that many companies expect growth from multinational revenues, 92% of respondents are concerned about the risks of not improving content globalization processes. The research identifies key challenges, including a gap between strategic business goals and investments in multilingual communications, difficulties in balancing centralized and regional operations, and the lack of integration and interoperability across authoring, content management, localization/translation management, and publishing components. Moreover, the study reveals how industry leaders are addressing these challenges, and provides Gilbane’s recommendations on best practices. The study methodology included in-depth interviews with 40 content and localization/translation management practitioners in multinational organizations. The result is a unified perspective on the full spectrum of multilingual content processes, previously viewed as isolated activities.

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Enterprise Search Markets and Applications – Capitalizing on Emerging Demand
by Lynda Moulton
June, 2008

Enterprise Search Markets and Applications summarizes the marketplace in a way that will help buyers map their needs to search products that will deliver the most value in the shortest amount of time, and at a reasonable cost. Additionally, buyers will find practical guidance about product evaluation, selection, implementation, deployment and maintenance. A vendor directory and glossary round out the content directed to new buyers. Search users who are expanding or seeking improvements to their current experience will find advice on making incremental adjustments in deployment. Vendors who are developing, selling, marketing, or supporting customers with enterprise search applications will find aids to competitive intelligence in the market landscape, directory and glossary.

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Collaboration and Social Media – 2008
by Geoffrey Bock & Steve Paxhia
June, 2008

Collaboration and Social Media 2008shows how social media, based on “Web 2.0” technologies, is approaching the tipping-point. First generation tools now in widespread use, such as text-oriented email, web sites, and shared workspaces, are soon to be supplemented by social media applications that incorporate blogs, wikis, social bookmarking, rich media, and other innovative technologies. The Gilbane research report predicts the transition from horizontal applications to vertical solutions, and offers a number of strategies to help companies with the transition.

The report combines a national survey of marketing executives with in-depth case studies of ten companies and a comprehensive vendor catalog. Nora Ganin Barnes, Director of the Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, led the survey team that interviewed business leaders in medium and large American companies.

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Digital Magazine and Newspaper Editions – Growth, Trends, and Best Practices
by Steve Paxhia & Bill Rosenblatt
May, 2008

The study covers the market for digital editions of periodical publications, and features statistics that unify audited data from two sources (BPA and ABC) with data from unaudited publications. Highlights from the statistics include:

  • The number of business-to-business (B-to-B) publications offering digital editions has increased over 300% from 2005 to 2007, with total subscriptions also increasing over 300%.
  • The number of consumer publications offering digital editions has increased over 200% from 2005 to 2007, with total subscriptions also increasing over 200%.
  • Digital vs. print penetration of B-to-B subscribers is up from 13.3 to 15.0%, while digital penetration of consumer publication subscribers is down from 2.2 to 1.4%.

The report includes 22 case studies of publishers, representing several dozen digital edition titles, which showcase a number of industry best practices identified by the study’s authors.

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Beyond Search: What to do When Your Enterprise Search System Doesn’t Work
by Stephen Arnold
April, 2008

According to the author, “The study – a first in analysis of search and content processing – represents more than a year of research into text processing and information access. ‘Enterprise search’ has become devalued and is misleading, out-of-date, and a cause of the on-going confusion about information access.” He adds, “Who wants a system that is expensive, slow, and makes the employee with a real information need do more work. Shouldn’t search should make the employee’s job easier?”

The study contains a discussion of how-to’s, so you can fix your broken enterprise search system. You will also find a detailed discussion of today’s market for search and content processing systems, with profiles of 24 selected vendors.

Download this 270 page report.