IT Currents

Newsblur as an Intelligent Agent Used for CI

Newsblur (www​.newsblur​.com) is a Web-​​based RSS feed reading service. This is a review of how I found the service useful while working on some competitive intelligence (CI). It’s convenient and conducive for tracking issues, trends, commentary, and news. Newsblur has a set of features that I find make it worth paying for an annual subscription (it also offers a no-​​cost option). I’ve long used RSS readers, initially preferring desktop readers like Akregator or RSSOwl. The quantity of feeds that I follow is so large now … Continue Reading →

Alfresco ECM in 2013

I had a chance to hear from Alfresco earlier this year about its direction and some new product features. Alfresco has grown to be a go-​​to, lower-​​cost solution excelling in large-​​scale intranet implementations, corporate file sharing services, and document collaboration. Alfresco currently has 33,000 customers whose ECM activities are enabled through on-​​premise, public or private cloud, or hybrid deployments. This is a particularly convenient situation for Alfresco considering there is a good deal of interest in hybri … Continue Reading →

Demand Trends of ECM and WCM Buyers

After aggregating the high-​​level needs of thousands of people telling Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) their requirements for enterprise content management (ECM) and web content management (WCM) systems, I’ve put together two reports showing the trends. You can read more about these high-​​level requirements in TEC’s latest, free ECM market survey report and WCM market survey report. We found that security is one of the most frequently sought requirements, across the board. Unsurprisingly, many characteristics necess … Continue Reading →

Laserfiche ECM and Its Latest Release

I spoke with Laserfiche about the new version 9 of its Rio enterprise content management (ECM) system. In the latest release the company is really pushing on the business process management functionality. They’re positioning the system more for managing processes without necessarily seeing them as document-​​centric. You can download the report from the Technology Evaluation Centers site (free). It covers a lot of the other functionality provided in the Laserfiche products too–things like they handle document acquisiti … Continue Reading →

A Brief on EMC Documentum in 2012

I’ve published a new report on the EMC Documentum family of content management products and services. Go here to download it (free from the TEC site). EMC’s path for Documentum has taken it in some promising directions. While this report doesn’t cover everything, it does explain a few of the key areas that EMC has been working on and plans to roll out in 2012. In particular, the report looks at what EMC is doing with mobile devices, governance, and case management. If you’re in the process of evaluating enterprise con … Continue Reading →

Profile of MODX WCM

If you’re looking into selecting a WCM system or are otherwise interested in MODX’s open source WCM framework, I hope the link to this report is helpful. After pouring over MODX’s Web site, community forums, taking its WCM product for a brief spin, and talking with some of its team, I wrote up this profile on the company and its Revolution product. It’s available for free download from Technology Evaluation Centers. You can also do a little bit of research on how MODX Revolution’s web content management system would s … Continue Reading →
Political/Social Critique

Timeline of Conservatives’ Deeds Against Science

In the Confessions of a Science Librarian blog, John Dupuy writes about the Harper Conservatives’ war against science. He’s logged and linked activities from 2006 to 2013 that show how the Conservatives have muzzled, cut budgets, and otherwise attacked Canada’s scientific research programs. The article is good, the situation is awful. But one area that is a little misleading is the article’s title, it’s not a Canadian war on science but Harper’s Conservatives’ war on science. Most Canadians, if you follow the party vo … Continue Reading →

Compilation of ConMem​.ca Politics Past

I logged a timeline of public news information about the deeds and direction of those leading our Canadian federal government from 16 October 2008 through 2012. That log was on my Web site named Conserving Memory (conmem​.ca). I hoped to maintain an archive in critical blog format for public memory, which could be reviewed for context as new events unfolded. Now it’s 2013 and I don’t want to put the effort into that particular documentation/​critique project anymore, so I closed that blog and removed most of its old con … Continue Reading →

Should the NDP Renew Itself with a Shoot of Green?

Before our last federal election in 2010, I’d proposed a rationale for the NDP and Green Party to merge (from an NDP perspective). With the NDP leadership convention operating at full speed, now is a great time to reconsider this idea. In fact, one of the NDP’s recurring debate themes involves whether or not the party should undertake some challenges that cut to the heart of its identity. It might seem strange that the NDP consider this now, when it elected more MPs than it ever has in the last election. In the follow … Continue Reading →

Time to Establish a Green Social Democratic Party (GSDP)

Why is there both a New Democratic Party (NDP) and a Green Party? Examine them, really read their positions and philosophies. The two parties are essentially the same and where they’re not, they’re frequently complementary. In the following, I’ll present why I think the two parties must merge and what it might look like if they did. Continue reading → … Continue Reading →

Conservatives to Ignore the Canadian Copyright Consultation in Favour of DMCA?

The Conservatives still appear to be steering Canada toward a DMCA-​​like future: one that enslaves our culture to a few controlling (mostly foreign) companies, stifles science and freedom of expression, and anchors Canada’s economy to the digital dark age rather than propelling it toward what could be an incredibly innovative and lucrative future on the world stage. I’ll recount some of the issues, then mention a few of the failings of DMCA-​​style legislation.  Continue reading → … Continue Reading →

First Take on the Public Domain Manifesto

Communia published its Public Domain Manifesto. The manifesto identifies the public domain concept with respect to historical development and more urgently, its relevance to culture today. I think it makes an important statement, in terms of offering a level, common understanding that could be used widely across society, government, and business. Early in the manifesto, it says the public domain Continue reading → … Continue Reading →